Tran­scend StoreJet 600

A flash-look­ing stick of stor­age

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Alan Stone­bridge

$129.99 From Tran­scend, tran­ Fea­tures 240GB stor­age, USB 3.1 Gen 2 port

Flash stor­age isn’t bound by the same di­men­sions as a spin­ning hard disk, and Tran­scend’s lat­est ex­ter­nal SSD uses that to stylish ef­fect. The drive fea­tures a USB 3.1 Gen 2 in­ter­face, so while it’ll work with a 12-inch Mac­Book, it’s best paired with an iMac or a Mac­Book Pro.

Tran­scend in­cludes USB-C and USB-A ca­bles for use with re­cent and older Macs. Sadly, how­ever, no travel pouch is in­cluded to pro­tect the drive from scuffs — a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing given that the com­pany in­cludes such a pouch for the en­clo­sure it bun­dles with its JetDrive range of in­ter­nal Mac­Book stor­age up­grades.

Transfer rates from the drive are good, though they trail a lit­tle way be­hind other USB 3.1 Gen 2 SSDs we’ve tested lately. Se­quen­tial read­ing and writ­ing peaked at 496.7 and 456.3MB/sec, re­spec­tively — very re­spectable, and just a lit­tle be­low Tran­scend’s claims of up to 520 and 460MB/sec. Mean av­er­age rates in our tests worked out to 413.1 and 349.3MB/sec — still good, al­though 24.3 and 47.9MB/sec slower than Samsung’s T5.

The bot­tom line. If the best speeds aren’t es­sen­tial, this is good, but ri­vals edge it out.

Tran­scend StoreJet 600

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