Back when we talked about why modular power supply is the way to go, we talked about M.2 SSDs. It can minimize cable clutter by just seeping power off the motherboard. You don’t need another SATA power cable or another SATA data cable! Just one M.2 SSD, and it performs the same. Consider the PenDrive M.2 SATA III SSD that we have here – a M.2 2280 SATA III SSD that is actually surprisingly affordable.
Pioneer has been up expanding to other fields of tech. With their announcement earlier this year, we’re seeing more than just car audio products from them. They’ve actually announced a slew of USB-C products – including a card reader dongle, an active hub, and even an external SSD like we have here. Our partners reviewed some of their products – the card reader here, and active-powered dock here. The one we have is the Pioneer P1 (APS-XS02) 240GB external SSD that is powered by a single USB-C connector.
NVMe SSDs have been getting more and more mainstream since last year – and Plextor is pushing these SSD to the market too. They’ve actually announced a family of SSDs within the Plextor M8Se series – the M8SeY PCIe-based that we have here, alongside with the M.2 variants M8SeG that has a heatsink and M8SeGN that comes without a heatsink.
Transcend has been in the forefront of external hard disks for quite some time now. They have been using the same concept of external hard disk protection for more than 5 years now – and they’re only getting better as time goes by. Transcend just introduced the brand new StoreJet 25M3S and StoreJet 25M3G – which are identical, just different in color.
Transcend first announced its first 3D MLC NAND flash-based SSD, the MTE850 back in April 2017, with an amazing performance of up to 2500MB/s sequential read and 1100MB/s sequential write.
We managed to get a unit of the 512GB MTE850 SSD from Transcend, months after the announcement. There’s no doubt that it’s 4 times faster than our usual SATA SSD, but just how can we actually benefit from the speed?
Let’s be honest here – those who have a Apple’s MacBook Air was aiming for one thing – its price. The MacBook Air 11-inch in particular was Apple’s entry to their walled garden at the lowest price, yet it offers decent performance with an extremely long battery life. Perfect for mobile warriors. I’m sure that there are many MacBook owners are like me – cheap out during the initial purchase and opted for the lowest storage capacity available, but regret now because 128GB is clearly insufficient. This is where Transcend’s slew of Apple memory products come to the rescue – particularly the Transcend JetDrive 820 SSD for Macs.
When it comes to SSDs these days, you can literally be spoiled for choice. Depending on what budget you have, you can pretty much go for the “get what you pay for” route. Cheaper SSDs with the same capacity may or may not perform as good as those more premium SSDs, of course. That’s why we’re taking a look at the Transcend SSD230 – it’s an SSD that aims to cater towards the budget-friendly market segment.
We’ve seen the dilemma of console gamers over the years since the days of Sony PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360. Let’s be honest here – there are games these days that easily take up ~50GB, and some are about 100GB of storage on your console today. These things aren’t really avoidable as there are always new games coming out that takes up a larger-than-expected amount of storage space. Enter the world of external storage – this is where we’re trying to expand an XBOX One’s storage with a Transcend StoreJet 25CK3 2.5-inch external storage enclosure, together with the Transcend SSD230S 256GB SSD.
USB can be extremely useful due to its universal standards across the manufacturers, however, the connector itself may causing quite a lot of confusion to general consumers. Not to mention when you are trying to access to certain data on a microSD card only to find that you’re stuck with a device without SD card slot or wrong USB connector. In this review, we are going to take a look at the Kingston MobileLite Duo 3C USB 3.1 Gen 1 microSD reader. This is a special reader where it supports dual interface – USB Type-A and USB Type-C, both capable of delivering USB 3.1 Gen 1 speed.