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Sometimes you see an item, and it takes some romancing to get you to see its charms. Maybe a song (press event), a dance (specs) and perhaps a few dates (or trial period). Other times, it’s totally love at first sight. This, friends, is one of those times.

Kingston 1 TB USB stick, you had me at hello.

Slick-looking? Sure, but for once, that’s totally beside the point. The DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 drive is a full terabyte of storage crammed into a beefy thumb drive. According to Kingston, the Predator is the first of its kind. And it is a beast.

This ain’t yer mama’s storage stick. A dual-brand offering uniting DataTraveler and HyperX, the aptly named storage stick is certified SuperSpeed USB 3.0, backward compatible to USB 2.0 and features read/write speeds of up to 240MB/s and 160MB/s.

The Predator’s due to launch in Q1 of 2013, though there’s no word on pricing yet. However, the 512 GB version costs $1,750, so that should give you an inkling of how much this will cost. In fact, the reps at Kingston wouldn’t even put any actual products on the table at CES, just dummy units for the masses to admire. That’s understandable. If you had the Hope Diamond, would you let the masses put their grubby mitts on it?