It was only a couple of weeks ago that we reviewed one of Transcend’s new drives for the Mac, the Transcend StoreJet 300 and now we have the opportunity to review its bigger and better brother, the Transcend StoreJet 500 which features the same USB 3.0/ ThunderBolt connection but with an SSD hard drive inside instead of the 300’s HDD.

Transcend StoreJet 500 review (2 of 3)In terms of design the 500 is also pretty similar to the 300, however in terms of dimensions and weight the 500 is slightly smaller and a lot lighter than the 300, sized at 121.2mm x 75.2mm x 13.5 mm the 500 weighs only 130 grams, it also features a metallic design that matches the Mac and Macbook’s design perfectly.

This all means that the street 500 can become your perfect Mac companion, built for portability it’s super lightweight, easy to fit in any pocket and looks great when sat right next to a MacBook Pro.

But design isn’t everything and with the Transcend StoreJet 500 speed is also considered to be of the utmost importance. Equipped with ports to utilise both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces, much like the StoreJet 300, the StoreJet 500 is going to go with any Mac or Macbook and is ready to provide you with the best speeds for your device.

If you do use the Thunderbolt port you will be granted with 10GB/s speeds and bandwidth that is up to ten times that of the USB 2.0 interface, (this goes down to 5GB/s with the USB 3.0 port) and on top of this you can also take advantage of the Thunderbolt technology to use two channels from the same connector as well as being able to daisy chain up to 6 other Thunderbolt devices without losing throughput and transfer rates.

Transcend StoreJet 500 review (3 of 3)

DiskSpeedTest - StoreJet 500On the box Transcend state that the StoreJet 500 can achieve read speeds of up to 440 MB/s and write speeds of up to 300 MB/s, both of pretty quick, and actually quite accurate.

When testing the SSD with Blackmagicdesign’s DiskSpeedTest program the drive achieved read speeds of up to 382 MB/s and write speeds of up to 350 MB/s when plugged in via the Thunderbolt port. The program also revealed that the drive is compatible with writing and reading a number of file formats, making it great to store your movie collection on.

In terms of what you can actually use that speed for, the Transcend StoreJet 500 comes in three different variations all of which have a number of size options that includes 256GB, 512GB and 1TB all of which are SSD’s providing these great speeds that we mentioned earlier.

All of these things mean that the Transcend StoreJet 500 is one of the best storage options available for the Mac, it has been designed to look great next to, be easy to carry when it’s not next to it and be speedy when in use.

Honestly the only disadvantage with this drive is that it could in larger storage options and it does come a slightly high cost, however for that first part it’s likely that most of those who need larger storage options would only need that space when at home, so this drive could be the perfect option for quick transfers between various Macs or to carry around your constantly important files with you.

And in comparison with the 500’s little brother, the StoreJet 300, this is most certainly a better upgrade with nearly double the speed of the 300 and still at a lighter weight and a smaller size.

If you want to find out more about the Transcend Store`Jet 500 head on over to Transcend’s website, you can also pick up the drive from Amazon where it is priced at around £177.99 for the 256GB drive, around £291.03 for the 512GB drive or around £548.99 for the 1TB drive.

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