Transcend StoreJet 300 for Mac Overview:
StoreJet 300 for Mac SJM300 Portable Hard Drive, is equipped with Thunderbolt technology that provides two channels on the same connector, which can transmit and receive data at the same time, and deliver unparalleled interface transfer rates of up to 10 Gb/s*.
StoreJet 300 for Mac (SJM300) in 2TB capacity
It also equipped with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interfaces, providing 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0. Additionally, a Thunderbolt port can daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices** without losing throughput and transfer rates.
*Maximum interface transfer rates shown. Performance varies by capacity, user hardware and system configuration.
**As neither SJM300 nor SJM500 has a Thunderbolt pass-through port, they must be the last device on a daisy-chain.
StoreJet 300 Portable HDD: with Sleek Metallic design.
StoreJet 300 Portable HDD: Top view: Transcend Logo with LED light activity
StoreJet 300 Portable HDD: Bottom view: 4 rubber pads within each sides.
StoreJet 300 Portable HDD connectors: SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt
Quick Guide, Warranty Card
Thunderbolt cable, USB 3.0 cable and Travel Pouch
StoreJet 300 Portable Hard Drive Specs/Features:
Dimensions: 125.9mm x 78.2mm x 17.2 mm (4.96″ x 3.08″ x 0.68″)
Weight: 240 g (8.47 oz)
Operation Voltage: Thunderbolt 15V / USB 5V
Operating temperature: 5°C (41°F)~55°C (131°F)
Storage Media: 2.5″ SATA Hard Drive
Certificates: CE, FCC, BSMI
Connection Interface: Thunderbolt / USB 3.0
Warranty: Three-year Limited Warranty
Note: For use on non-Apple computers (Windows PCs), please reformat the drive in FAT32, exFAT or NTFS.
System Requirements: Desktop or notebook computer with USB port (USB3.0 port needed for USB3.0 performance) or Thunderbolt interface with one of the following Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 7 | Microsoft Windows 8 | Mac OS X 10.7 or later
The Transcend StoreJet 300 2TB for Mac Portable HDD is obviously designed and made for Mac users who would like to expand its storage. The device form factor is on 2.5-inch aluminium metal enclosure and the hard disk drive can be from Samsung/Segate with storage capacity up to 2TB of data/files. The file format of the StoreJet 300 is in HFS+ were totally different from FAT32 or NTFS that Windows PC have.
For the actual performances, the portable hard disk drive has a sequential read/write speed of 125 MB/s. This is due to the hard disk drive limits as the drive can run as fast as 5400 rpm. So don’t rely yet on the graph that you can see at the back of the box, that it can transfer up to 5Gb/s via USB 3.0 and up to 10Gb/s via Thunderbolt.
USING MACDRIVE TO TEST ON WINDOWS OS
If you are a Windows user, you can actually use the portable hard disk drive via MacDrive software.
Running some test with CrystalDiskMark via USB 2.0 slot
You got a decent sequential read speed of 30.66 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 32.54 MB/s.
HD Tune Pro via USB 2.0 slot
Same results I got from HD Tune Pro, the read speed is about 30 MB/s and a write speed is above 30 MB/s.
Real world transfer speed test: I used 692MB zip file to test the file transfer speed.
FROM Local Hard Disk Drive (Source) to StoreJet 300 (Destination)
File Size: 692 MB (1 File)
Time to complete the transfer: 23.291 secs.
Transfer Speed Rate: 30MB/s
FROM StoreJet 300 (Source) to Local Hard Disk Drive (Destination)
File Size: 692 MB (1 File)
Time to complete the transfer: 28.334 secs.
Transfer Speed Rate: 24MB/s
PRICE: $188.99 from the Amazon.com Online Store
VERDICT: Decent file transfer speed that you can get from a sturdy metal enclosure of StoreJet 300, plus Dual connectors that will benefit you whether you are a Mac or PC user and of course, with a 2TB capacity leaving you a plenty of room to store you’re digital files. Rating: 8/10
PROS: Sturdy metal case, Dual Connectors (USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt), huge capacity.
CONS: Quite pricey for a portable hard disk drive.
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