Breathe new life into your Mac

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary | Updated: Oct 23 2014, 08:13am hrs
Apple seems to be the flavour of the season. While the Cupertino, California-based firms iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are drawing widespread attention from gadget lovers in India as well as overseas, Apples Macintosh line of laptops continue to be a hit among users as well. No wonder, apps, accessories and devices to boost the Macs performance continue to flood the market. Recently, Taiwan-based Transcend introduced a new range of Apple-compatible products that can breathe new life into Macintosh computers. There is the JetDrive Lite 130 expansion card to instantly expand storage capacity of MacBook laptops. There is also the JetDrive SSD Upgrade Kit to boost MacBook performance and capacity. We take a look at both the offerings.

Transcend JetDrive

Lite 130

Transcends JetDrive Lite series of expansion cards are aimed at MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air users. With four different models offered in 64 GB and 128 GB capacities, the new JetDrive Lite cards are tailor-made to have a flush profile with each specific model while providing an easy way to increase available storage for media. We got the 64 GB unit for a review. With substantial amount of storage space, Transcends JetDrive Lite expansion cards provide plenty of space to backup, store, and carry personal documents, photos, movies, and music. The 128 GB card, for instance, can store over 60,000 high-resolution photos, 32,000 MP3 songs, 32 hours of Full HD video, or seemingly limitless number of documents. When inserted into the card slot of a compatible MacBook Pro with Retina display or MacBook Air, the low-profile JetDrive Lite will not stick out like an SD card and can be left in place for on-the-go storage.

In terms of performance, the JetDrive Lite expansion cards boast blazing fast read and write speeds of up to 95 MB/s and 60 MB/s respectively. This fast performance translates into reduced data transfer times regardless of file size; useful for photographers, video editors, and graphic artists working with extremely high-resolution images and videos.

The JetDrive Lite expansion cards are equipped with built-in ECC (error correction code), which automatically corrects potential transfer errors, and utilise a sophisticated wear-leveling algorithm for consistent long-life operation.

n Estimated street price:

R2,899 (64 GB); R5,799 (128 GB)

Transcend JetDrive

SSD Upgrade Kits

Transcends JetDrive Upgrade Kits are ideal for professional photographers, videographers, and graphic artists looking to enhance the performance and capacity of their MacBook system, and even includes an easy-to-use drive enclosure for converting the original SSD or HDD into a new USB 3.0 portable storage device. Transcends JetDrive SSD Upgrade Kits consist of four SSD models (720, 520, 500 420), each fully tested for compatibility and reliability. We got the JetDrive 720 for a review.

Built on the next-generation SATA III 6 GB/s interface to achieve lightning-fast transfer speeds of upto 560 MB/s, upgrading to a Transcend JetDrive SSD translates into faster system boot up and application launch times, while offering the lag-free responsiveness and stability necessary for data-intensive computing and advanced gaming. Moreover, the newly-released SSDs are available in

capacities of upto 960 GB.

For added value, JetDrive SSDs come bundled with all the tools necessary to facilitate the upgrade process and an elegant USB 3.0 external drive enclosure aesthetically designed to look like a natural extension of the MacBook system. In just a few simple steps, the original, factory-installed SSD or HDD can be transformed into a sleek new USB 3.0 external storage device to store and backup documents, photos, music, and movies. The enclosure is made of durable aluminum. The result is a design that is sturdy yet ultra light and easy to carry, and includes a handy travel pouch to protect the drive against scratches during transport.

Estimated street price: $229 for 240 GB model