Kingston just took the wraps off the XS1000 External SSD. It’s about the size of pack of gum but holds up to 2 terabytes of data. And it can transfer files at high speed, too.
Or there’s the already announced XS2000, which is twice as fast. Just not for everyone.
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Kingston XS1000 External SSD is small and fast
Apple makes its customers pay through the nose for built-in storage. Adding 256GB to a MacBook Air costs a whopping $200, for example. An easy way around this is with an external SSD. An external drive is also handy to make backups.
The Kingston XS1000 is a mere 2.75 inches by 1.3 inches by 0.5 inches (69.5mm x 32.6mm x 13.5mm). It weighs 1 ounce (29g).
“We designed this drive to be sleek and compact, measuring merely half the size of a standard SSD,” said Keith Schimmenti, head of Kingston’s SSD business. “This ensures unparalleled portability, making it the ultimate selection for those seeking a combination of convenience and top-notch performance available in the market.”
Despite the mini size, the XS1000 comes in either 1 terabyte or 2 terabyte capacities.
And the device is quite fast. Its USB-C port supports USB 3.2 Gen 2, so it can move data at up to 1,050 MB/s read and 1,000 MB/s write.
The tiny SSD supports macOS, iPadOS, iOS, Windows, Android and Linux.
The Kingston XS1000 External SSD was just unveiled on Tueday but can already be purchased. The 1TB version is $64.99 while the 2TB version is $109.99.
Or get a speed boost (not you Mac)
Those who expect to frequently move around large files might be more interested in Kingston’s XS2000 instead. This SSD is identical to the XS1000 except that it supports USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, which means it can transfer data at up to 2,000 MB/s.
That said, Macs do not currently support USB 3.2 Gen 2×2. Apple’s focus is more on Thunderbolt, which is even faster, so anyone looking for a very high-speed drive needs one that supports that standard, like the Sabrent 1TB Rocket Nano XTRM SSD.