Few flash drives incorporate the advanced controller circuitry to deliver SSD-like performance in a slim, keychain drive form factor.That nakes it one of the fastest Mac flash drives we've ever seen. No only is the VisionTek XT pocket SSD keychain drive insanely fast, it's also very, very competitively priced in 128GB to 1TB capacities.
We have multiple Apple compatible storage vendors competing in the TBolt3 SSD space: Sonnet Tech with it's Fusion Drive, LaCie with it's Bolt 3, OWC with it's ThunderBlade at the high end price points. However, NekTeck, Plugable and CableMatters offering blisteringly fast blade drives at the more affordable end of the spectrum using an OEM design they all share.
As with all solid-state storage, the Read speeds in the 2000+ MB/s tend to be more impressive than the Write speeds, but that's normal for SSD's in general. A lot depends on the files. Huge multi-gigabyte video files will transfer faster than a folder full of itty-bitty data files any day. But with the potential of unhampered 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 throughput paired with a NVMe PCIe SSD module, you'll experience the most painless transfers or TimeMachine backups ever. If your wallet or needs are more modest, consider a modern 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen2 external SSD drive with USB-C connector, it'll still be plenty fast, far cheaper than Thunderbolt-Anything, and still deliver snappy performance on a new Mac's Type-C ThunderBolt 3 port.
240GB and 480 Capacities - Integrated TBolt Cable
The cost overhead of licensing Intel's Thunderbolt chipsets have always added a premium price to any external Thunderbolt backup drive, but declining SSD costs are helping make them more affordable than ever. Monster Digital is being very aggressive with pricing lately, and that makes it possible to actually call their 240Gb and 480GB ThunderBolt SSD drive cheap. They're significantly undercutting the competition like LaCie or Akitio for comparable sized drives.
My particular Apple MacBook Air has only 2 USB 3.0 ports which usually are already in use by my iPhone charging cable and my USB powered speaker system. Although a USB 3.0 SSD drive might be cheaper, I opted for a SSD Thunderbolt external backup drive to take advantage of an otherwise under-used port and not have to disconnect my other USB devices when I need to do a TimeMachine backup. As such, the slight price premium for Monster Digital's silent and fast 240GB Thunderbolt backup drive was worth it.
- Compatible with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) enabled Macs running MacOS Sierra or later
- Currently it's incompatible with ThunderBolt 3 Windows PC's for unknown reasons
- The Type-C ports provide Thunderbolt 3 data transfer rates
- MacBook charging up to 85 watts with a single cable
- Total 40Gbps bandwidth to handle all your Mac peripherals at full data transfer speeds
- Enables Dual 4K displays (DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 for multi-monitor support
- You can daisy-chain up to 5 additional Thunderbolt3 compatible devices from the dock
- 2 Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C Ports, 3 USB-A 3.0 Ports with 1.5 amps charging current, a full-size DisplayPort, 1 Audio in/out port, an Audio-out headphone port and a Gigabit Ethernet networking port
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.
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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: