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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Older, refurb MacBook Air sticks out as the most premium ultraportable laptop ever. With very affordable refurbished and warranted used models dating back to 2012 thru 2016 all being capable of running the latest MacOS Sierra - they're fully functional and ready for several more years of usefulness.
Quantifying only 0.7 inches think and evaluating 3.0 pounds, the MacBook Air is the most lightweight MacBook for mobile computing. This notebook keeps the rigid aluminium unibody of its predecessor, but contains much speedier processor, Nvidia Ge Force 9400 video card and 128GB drive. While sufficiently quickly, this is the slowest of all of the Mac computers. The laptop strong points include the rigid aluminium architecture, good functionality for graphics, fast SSD, backlight keyboard and Multi-Touch trackpad.
However, its battery's brief life and the few interfaces restrict the applications of this normally sexy and ultraportable computer. Many makers of laptops are striving to squeeze computers into ultra-thin notebooks. Many attributes are thrown overboard as they reduce the size of the computer. Thus, the smaller or thinner the notebook, the lesser the attributes as they're forced to leave out some ports. Apple is no different and MacBook Air proves the point. You're going to have to be satisfied with the limited connection of the Apple MacBook Air as the interfaces are few. It is only 1 or 2 Universal Serial Bus sockets, a single 4-pole speaker/headset jack. A ThunderBolt/Mini DisplayPort connector helps. Apple's discontinued much of the rest, phased out FireWire ports, SuperDrive CD/DVD burner optical drive, Ethernet, mobile broadband.
A refurb MacBook Air might therefore be more suitable for users who's digital lives revolve more around Wi-Fi than wired connectivity. In addition, it's a fantastic product for users who travel a great deal. The MacBook Air has a great 13 inches display Light-emitting diode Backlit screen and shares the resolution with its standard 13 inches MacBook counterpart at 1, 280x800. The keyboard is lit with the ambient light sensor like the MacBook Pros. The Multi Touch trackpad is big enough letting you to use 3 fingers to scroll through opposite to the two fingers in the MacBook Pros. The laptop computer also has an iSight web cam for video conferencing. The two microphones - one to the left and one to the right - imply that the notebook will work for telephone. There's no viewing of films or installing of application from DVDs since there in no integrated Optical drive, but you may use an additional optical drive by connecting to the adjacent standard notebook MacBook. In case you've discount coupons from Apple, you can buy the Apple MacBook Air at discounted price.
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.
Akitio is the first manufacturer to come out with a sleek and stylish aluminum 2.5" SATA III laptop drive case with a native USB-C port designed to fully leverage the potential 10Gbps bandwidth of the SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 Gen 2 computer device specification.
Akitio Type-C USB 3.1 Drive Enclosure
Reversible USB-C Port On Rear + UASP Support
This USB-C disk enclosure is optimal for solid-state SSD drives. It allows the full bandwidth of 6Gbps SATA III SSD's to perform at their peak rates. Visit this Apple compatible solid-state storage recommendations site for top-performing SSD's ideal for Mac users. UASP protocol support ensures far more efficient USB 3.1 data transfers for SSD's than the inefficient BOT protocol of previous generation drive chipsets. It also supports up to 12.5mm thick, high-capacity HDD drives if storage capacity - and not speed - is your primary concern. Note that UASP really doesn't benefit mechanical hard drive transfer rates, this Akitio drive case really shines when paired with flash memory storage.