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FASTEST USB Flash Drive For Mac With SSD Speeds

One of the fastest Mac compatible flash drives money can buy is this high-performance Apple friendly USB 3.0 flash drive from VisionTek. With Read/Write speeds in the 445/373 MB/s range respectively, the XT Pocket SSD it makes fast work of backing up or copying files to and from any MacBook, iMac, Mac mini or Pro with USB 3/x ports fast and affordable.

Ultra-Fast Mac Flash Drive

SSD Speed Flash Memory Thumb Drive

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.

Best Mac Accessories 2020 Update

Wondering what the best peripherals and accessories for Mac computers are in 2020? The Apple computer scene is evolving rapidly - especially with the advent of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C devices. I've been tracking these changes, though haven't been tech blogging about it lately. It's time to update things here on so stay tuned for new Macintosh gadget reviews and articles in the days ahead.

BEYOND INSANELY FAST : Mac Thunderbolt 3 Blade SSD Drives

Forget everything you knew about most Mac backup drives. The latest generation of ultra-fast Thunderbolt 3 SSD drives for Mac are here and delivering mind-blowing, insanely fast Read / Write data speeds. By combining a Thunderbolt 3 chipset and PCIe NVMe SSD blade modules, a new generation of high-speed storage is hitting the streets that new Macs like the current MacBook Pro laptops and iMac Pro desktops can really take advantage of.


Native Thunderbolt3 Port

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.

Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3 SSD Blade Drive

1Terabyte Capacity - Reads Up To 2600MBps

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.

Cheapest ThunderBolt External SSD Drive Bargain

Shopping for a deal on a fast and low-cost external Thunderbolt SSD backup drive? With the costs of flash memory collapsing in the past year, we're seeing solid-state drives with ever higher capacities at ever lower costs. Monster Digital offers a portable and relatively cheap Thunderbolt SSD drive in it's Overdrive series.

Cheap Portable Thunderbolt SSD

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.

ThunderBolt 3 Multiport Dock For New MacBook Pro and iMac

Shopping for a docking station for your ThunderBolt 3 enabled MacBook Pro or 2017 iMac? Belkin is now shipping it's Mac compatible multi-port ThunderBolt3 dock for your various legacy peripherals, while providing Type-C connectivity for the future.

ThunderBolt 3 Dock For Mac

Audio - Video - Data Ports Galore

  • 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

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.