Kingston Technology has announced the launch of what it says is the world's first 256GB USB flash drive, the Kingston Technology DataTraveler 300.

The company claims the new drive can store over 50,000 images, 54 DVDs or 365 CDs or "a paper tower over 1km tall" and is angled as ideal for netbook users who want to extend the capacity of their machines.

With a "sleek" cap-less design, the drive is Windows Readyboost-happy and can be password protected to safeguard data. Speeds-wise, you're looking at data transfer rates of up to 20MB per second for reading and 10 for writing.

With a 5-year warranty and 24/7 tech support, the new Kingston DataTraveler is built to order only so customers will have to get a pre-order in - as well as stump up the required £565.67.