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Kingston HyperX FURY 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Introduction
This isn't the first time we've seen FURY from the Kingston HyperX lineup, and likely not the last we'll hear of it either. Most of you might think of the auto-overclocking FURY DDR3 or the HyperX FURY SSD when you first see the name, but this time Kingston is adding to its line of USB drives. Today we'll take a look at the HyperX FURY USB 3.0 flash drive capable of 90MB/s read and 30MB/s write. The drive itself is available in three capacities: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, each with its own distinct color: red, blue, and black, respectively.
We will specifically look at the largest of the three, the 64GB drive in all black. Like other HyperX products, it is designed to take your gaming to the next level. The HyperX FURY is compatible with the PS3, PS4, and XBOX 360 consoles to extend storage and playback capabilities for movies, music, and photos. So whether you need a new stick for on-the-go, or expansion to your console life, the HyperX is ready to provide. Let us take a look at its outer appearance and then how it performs with what is on the inside.
Kingston HyperX FURY 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Closer Look:
The packaging for the FURY is your typical simple cardboard/plastic combo hang tag. It allows it to be hung from racks in store in large quantities, as well as pack up nicely for shipping in a bubble envelope. There really doesn't need to be much packaging for a thumb drive; mostly just enough to keep you from losing it with your other purchases, and keeping losers from stealing them. In this case, the packaging keeps it simple. The front of the packaging is mostly black with a little red glow coming up from the lower right corner. The HyperX logo is in the upper left with a quick size/sanity check of 64GB on the right, with the read and write speeds marked below that. It's not marked as a screaming fast drive, but we shall see when it comes to the numbers. A big FURY in red takes the main focus of the packaging above the bubble window for the drive itself. We are also reminded here that the drive is both USB 2.0 and 3.0 capable.
The lower portion of the packaging shows off compatibility with USB products via icons of consoles, laptops, and desktops printed in white. The front is finished off with a five-year guarantee stamp in the lower right corner. We are told a lot here on the front, despite the appearance of so little. The back goes on to read in several languages, explaining that the actual available capacity varies from that listed, as most of us already understand. A scissor line is drawn at the top to tell us exactly how to get this thing opened up.
Out of the package, the FURY feels much like any other thumb drive you may have laying around. It does however have a nice big loop on one end to feed onto your keychain or perhaps some other string/chain for transport. I would like to point out that the loop is on the body of the drive rather than the cap itself. I'm sure there are several of you out there who have experience with the poor design of the loop being on the cap. In this case, if the cap comes off, you are still left with the drive and your well-loved files.
I'm not exactly sure what to call the design cutout on the front of the drive other than fancy looking. It has a bit of an aggressive edge that grabs your attention even in all black. I think the idea for HyperX products is a concept of "bold" and standing out from other brands/devices – so I think that is accomplished here with a little bit of added pattern, as opposed to just being "plain". 64GB is stamped in white lettering onto what I'll call the front. It isn't easy to scrape off with fingernails, though I can imagine it eventually wearing off with a set of keys or just some good use in time. Regardless, it is nice to be able to glance at a drive and know its capacity without having to plug it in.
Turning it over to what I'll call the backside of the drive, it is rather simple looking if you look beyond the aggressive outline of the drive itself. I really do like the added grooves in the side and cap; it makes it much easy to remove the cap while being able to hold both halves firmly. The back simply reads "HyperX" in a glossy black that has been etched in. A very faint CE compliance is etched on the end as well. For the most part, it looks like any other thumb drive with a slightly different outside shell.
Removing the cap is easiest if you place your thumb and index finger on the skinny sides of the drive and cap and pull. If you try pulling from the larger flat sides, you will find it difficult if not impossible to remove the cap. It seems to be a self-design to help prevent you from losing the cap by accident. Inside is a blue USB head, signifying USB 3.0. With such a familiar look, you know exactly what to do with it; let us plug it in and push it hard so we can find out what it can do!