Today, Kingston has revealed a couple of new portable storage solutions that prioritize the transfer speed game without sacrificing compactness.
The brand new XS2000 portable SSD is designed to be as small as possible, rivaling even most of the USB thumb drives in the market. As the drive does not carry a male USB-C connector and instead of a female while relying upon a cable to connect to a PC, I guess they call it a portable SSD for a reason. As for the speed, it is rated for up to 2GBps reads and writes thanks to the USB 3.2 Gen 2 standards. In addition to all of these, it also carries an IP55 rating to guard against mild liquid spills and dust invasion as well. One thing to be careful about is safekeeping the device as it is small enough to disappear from existence if you just leave it somewhere randomly.
On the other hand, the DataTraveler Max maintains the good old “Zero Flair, Maximum Performance” design through a simple black plastic body encasing the internal 1TB flash chip (The highest capacity currently being offered) and controller. Utilizing the USB 3.2 Gen 2 protocol, it is capable of achieving up to 1GBps reads and 900MBps writes connected through the USB-C port with a sliding mechanism, making it one of the fastest USB thumbs drives in the market right now. With this, carrying and moving large single files such as 4K footages and large image files is not a hassle anymore.
Capacities and Availability
Unfortunately, we only have info regarding available capacities released for the XS2000 and DataTraveler Max which are 500GB/1TB/2TB for the former and 256GB/512GB/1TB for the latter. Price figures for Malaysia are still unannounced at the moment.