Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB
A strong challenger for your money
£100 FROM Kingston, kingston.com NEED S A Mac or drive enclosure with a 2.5-inch SATA III interface
An off-the-shelf USB SSD can still cost a little more than buying a bare drive and an enclosure for it. That’s why we think you should consider doing so if you need fast storage for video projects, say. A 2.5-inch SSD like this one can also extend an aged Mac’s life – easily in MacBooks with a hard disk – by boosting performance.
We tested the UV400 in a StarTech S2510BPU33 USB 3.0 enclosure (about £16) with a Late 2013 MacBook Pro. It pleasantly surprised us to see minimum transfer rates, which are inevitably skewed by very small data transfers, were a little better on this drive than others we’ve tried, for sequential and random operations, whether reading or writing, though we’re talking a few megabytes per second difference here.
Mean average transfer rates are almost identical to Samsung’s 750 Evo (below), and only lagged behind other drives we’ve tested in random reads; in other tests, they were all but the same. It’s a similar story with max rates of 435.5 and 417.7MB/sec in sequential reads and writes, and 333.1 and 344.3MB/sec in random reads and writes – the latter results are behind some other drives we’ve tried, yet better than the 750 Evo managed.
The UV400’s tough, bold look ends up hidden inside your Mac or enclosure.