Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB

A strong chal­lenger for your money

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Alan Stone­bridge

£100 FROM Kingston, 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.

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