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Cheapest USB 3.0 External SSD Backup Drive For Mac

Shopping for a fast and cheap external USB 3.0 SSD drive for Mac TimeMachine use and data transfers? AData offers one of the cheapest USB3 solid-state backup drives available. With 240GB of capacity and Read/Write speeds of up to 410 MB/s is a great and affordable choice for MacBook laptop and Macintosh desktop computer owners wanting an extremely FAST and incredibly CHEAP SSD backup drive on a budget.

AData External USB3 SSD Drive

240GB Solid-State Drive For Macs


In the past year, solid-state flash memory drive prices have plummeted - even in high-capacity drives pushing 512MB, 1 Terabyte, and now 2TB drives are getting ridiculously cheap. Before you ponder a HDD hard-disk backup solution, if your storage needs are modest, you'll find 128GB to 256GB SSD backup drives for Mac delivering blazing fast performance at insanely low prices.

Free Trial Of Articoolo : Automatic Article Writing App

Free Trial - Robot Generated Articoolo Article
Here's a valid code for a Free Trial of Articoolo -- the computer generated article writer. I scoured the internet and found a working Articoolo free trial code that works in 2016. You'll be able to produce a well-written draft document of approximately 500 words in 3 minutes or less. This Articoolo promo code will credit your account 1 point and let you generate and preview as many articles as you please. Your credit will be deducted only when you opt to 'buy' and save it your computer.

How To Claim Your Free Articoolo Article:

1. To claim the free article trial, you MUST start at this link -- Price List page at Articoolo.
2. Register at the site to become an active member - or login if you currently are.
3. Click on the Price List link in the top menu navigation.
4. Clicking on the phrase 'coupon code' highlighted in blue will cause a data entry text box to appear.
5. Key in: fhe34gt as your complimentary trial article code.

Next to the [$] dollar sign icon in the right upper corner of your screen, you should see the number "1", indicating the code was accepted.

Those who may already have an existing and active Articoolo account should see whatever credit balance they have incremented by one.

They can be a time-saving starting point for your next blog post, college essay, or for your Mac article syndication efforts. Within minutes you can have a well-written auto-generated article. Keep in mind, it costs nothing to generate articles on demand and preview their content before finally redeeming your free credit as a saved article.

If I dig-up any other free Articoolo trial codes for additional article credits or monthly subscriptions at a discount, I'll update this post.

Mac Computer Accessory And Peripheral Trends

Quarterly Apple Macintosh Sales
The sales numbers of Apple Macintosh systems have been quite healthy and relatively consistent the past few years. As of 2018 Apple continues to ship between four to five million Mac desktops and MacBooks each quarter. While there hasn't been steady upward growth - the stability has occurred in an industry where laptop and desktop PC system sales have collapsed in the face of a massive shift towards cellphone and tablet computing platforms. The Personal Computer isn't dead, but it's suffering as consumer's interests and wallets have headed in a highly mobile, handheld direction.

Increasingly Mobile Apple Users:

Sadly, this slump in traditional computing HAS had a drastic impact on more conventional desktop and laptop computer accessory makers. And that impacts the computer accessory market for Macintosh peripherals as well. Logitech has struggled recently - same can be said of Creative Labs and others - as sales dwindled and they had to retool their thinking and product lines to address an ever-more transportable and often battery powered, rechargeable, wireless, compact and lightweight product trends to adapt to mobile computing devices like the Apple iPad and iPhone.

Some of the categories most impacted by conventional PC and Mac computer accessory makers:

Computer Speakers:

Here Bluetooth (and to a lesser extent Wireless AirPlay) speakers rule the day as people want speaker systems that can move from room to room or take with them on the go. Rechargeable, compact and lightweight for use with any computing device. It's putting a lot of pressure on the desktop speaker market, that's for sure.

Mac & iOS Keyboards:

The trend here is towards a Bluetooth wireless keyboard that works on a Mac AS WELL AS A HANDHELD gadget like the iPad or iPhone when needed. Keyboards with on-key icons highlighting both OSX and iOS specific functions have an edge.

External Web Cameras:

Still an important market for those desktop and laptop users who need and want the versatility of an external, Mac compatible webcam. But the vast majority of personal computers being sold are laptops anyways, where a built-in webcam is standard issue.

Inkjet and Laser Printers:

These days, printers MUST by and large offer Wireless Wi-Fi and Apple AirPrint compatibility for mobile devices.

Desktop & Portable Scanners:

Already largely cannibalized by the All-In-One printer market, the selection of standalone flatbed scanners are in a noticeable decline. USB powered document scanners for mobile professionals - or scanning wands with built-in memory chip are more in demand for mobile users.

Mac Drive Storage:

The need for Mac data backup hasn't changed, and handheld devices data files are often synced and backed up from a traditional computer. Here, the bying trend is in cheap but faster USB 3.0 Portable Drives for Mac making up the lion's share of the market, with big full-size desktop hard drives appealing to a much smaller group of consumers.

SSD Drive Technology:

Whether it's USB 3.0 or ThunderBolt storage, the rapidly dropping cost of Mac compatible SSD drives is making the most out of these very high speed interfaces. With most Mac laptops and Macintosh desktops offering SSD or Apple Fusion solid-state / hard drive options, TimeMachine backups or OSX drive cloning is a breeze with ThunderBolt or SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external drives.

USB 3.0 Type-A To USB 3.1 Type-C Connections:

The transition to USB-C SuperSpeed+ PLUS has had a slow and rocky start. 12 Retina MacBooks featured the connector in early 2105 - and now it's Mid-2016 and Apple has yet to offer any other Mac models with USB-C ports.