CES 2017: HyperX and Kingston Launch Gaming and Storage Products

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We stopped in to see the ever-expanding product line at Kingston and HyperX. On display were many new products like mobile storage, SSDs and HyperX’s first gaming peripherals.

HyperX Gaming Peripherals and Memory

After the wide success of Kingston’s Revolver headsets, they decided to further expand into the gaming arena with their first keyboard, HyperX Alloy, launched in October and another keyboard as well as a mouse expected later this year. The Pulsefire FPS mouse should launch in April for $49. Highlights include rubber side grips and easy DPI changes via a button below the scroll wheel at graduated steps 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 DPI respectively on a Pixart sensor.

Keyboard and Pulsefire Mouse

Keyboard and Pulsefire Mouse

Next up, we took a peek at the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB keyboard prototype. It features a similar slim build to the original Alloy as well as Cherry Blue, Red, or Brown switches. Dedicated keys will control three “favorite” RGB profiles via the buttons at the top left of the keyboard. HyperX expects to launch this around July for a price point of $149.

HyperX RGB Keyboard

HyperX RGB Keyboard

Slim Profile of RGB Keyboard

Slim Profile of RGB Keyboard

To go along with the new gaming peripherals, HyperX launched a new Cloud Revolver S headset this week featuring 50mm directional drivers. Outside of comfort tweaks like a wider head band, HyperX will be including a USB dongle that enables virtual Dolby Surround Sound with no software required. The Cloud Revolver S will retail for $150 and launch in March.

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HyperX also showed off RGB memory modules which pair with compatible Z270 boards using the proper RGB software from ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. These will hit the market some time in Q3 of this year.

HyperX RGB Memory Modules

HyperX RGB Memory Modules

Kingston Storage Devices

First up, the team was excited to share the largest, both in size and capacity, thumb drive I’ve ever seen. Though just a prototype, Kingston told us the drive would be available in 1 TB and 2 TB flavors. Although the specs are not yet official, they expect 300 MB/s sequential read and 200 MB/s sequential write. Pretty speedy for a thumb drive!

DataTraveler Ultimate GT Prototype

DataTraveler Ultimate GT Prototype

Just for fun, we did a photo comparison between the 2TB drive and Kingston’s first thumb drive, a whopping 512 MB model, from 12 years ago.

DataTraveler vs. Older Thumb Drive

DataTraveler vs. Older Thumb Drive

Next, we saw several flavors of SSD’s in M.2, PCIe, and the more standard 2.5″ form factors. Just released this week was an entry-level A400 SSD in 120, 240, and 480 GB capacities. Kingston plans to release the NVMe M.2 2280 KC1000 SSD sometime in Q2. The KC1000 can do 2.8 GB/s read and 1.6 GB/s write and come in 240, 480, and 960 GB capacities. Last but not least, we got see a PCIe version in RAID 0 hitting nearly 2 million IOPS! This PCIe version will come in 800 GB, 1.6 TB, and 3.2 TB sizes with read speeds up to a whopping 7 GB/s!!

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Don’t go anywhere! More to come from CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

Matt Ring (mdcomp)

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