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Transcend Debuts JetDrive SSD Upgrade Kits Up to 960GB for MacBook Air, Retina Macbook Pro

Transcend has introduced new JetDrive SSD upgrade kits designed for the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro with Retina display. The upgrade kits offer up to 960GB of internal storage capacity and come with both installation tools and instructions.

JetDrive kits also ship with an aluminum USB 3.0 enclosure, which allows upgraders to reuse their original SSD, and all kits include a five year warranty.

Stop shuffling around your files and fretting about storage space. Transcend's JetDrive SSD upgrade kits offer up to 960GB of storage capacity. Upgrading your Mac to a JetDrive SSD ensures you'll have plenty of space for all your favorite music, videos, and photos.
The JetDrive SSDs are able to take advantage of JetDrive Toolbox monitoring software, which keeps track of the health of the drive and enables TRIM support for optimum write speeds and SSD life. JetDrive SSDs also have maximum read speeds of 495MB/s and maximum write speeds of 495MB/s.

The company has three separate products for early MacBook Airs, mid–2012 MacBook Airs, and mid-2012 Retina Macbook Pros, in multiple capacities. While mid–2012 MacBook Airs and Retina MacBook Pros can be upgraded with 240, 480, or 960 GB of storage space, earlier MacBook Airs (late 2010 and mid–2011) are limited to 240 or 480 GB. Transcend's JetDrive kits are not PCIe and are not compatible with the most recently released 2013 MacBook Airs and Retina MacBook Pros.

Transcend's JetDrives can be found on Amazon.com, with prices ranging from $190 for the lower end upgrade to $600 for the higher end upgrade. Ordering information and specific links can be accessed on Transcend's website, but the 960 GB SSDs have yet to make their way to Amazon.

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19 weeks ago
Hello Everyone!
This is Transcend's Official MacRumors account. We'd love to answer any questions you might have!
Rating: 13 Votes
19 weeks ago

“ JetDrive SSDs deliver the performance you need.”


They're not PCIe and the don't really deliver performance...


Hi treichert,
You'll be pleasantly surprised that our JetDrive SSDs are significantly faster than OEM Apple SSDs. For example, our 480GB JetDrive 520 installed in a 128GB Mid 2012 MacBook Air boosted sequential read speeds from 403 MB/s to 490 MB/s and sequential write speeds from 150 MB/s to 422 MB/s*. We'll be providing samples to various media for third party testing to substantiate our claims as well.

*Tested with Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
Rating: 9 Votes
19 weeks ago

“ JetDrive SSDs deliver the performance you need.”


They're not PCIe and the don't really deliver performance...


My SATAIII SSDs is quite fast so while you may not be pleased with that. I'd say a SATA SSD is going to be faster then a SATA HD. So in a sense they are delivering performance. Just not to your liking.
Rating: 7 Votes
19 weeks ago
So NOT for the 2013 Macbook Air :(


They need to get 3rd party SSD's for the 2013 models!!!
Rating: 6 Votes
16 weeks ago

Everything has been tried. It was inserted properly and retried several times. If you look at the stock Apple drive, there's plenty of room for it to fit. That is not the case with your drive, as is quite evident in the side-by-side shot.

I've already requested the return to Amazon. Shipping back tomorrow. Don't see the point of discussing this matter further. This was the first time I've purchased a product made by Transcend. "One chance to make the right impression." G'luck with that.


Hello endlessct9a,
Thank you for your feedback on this issue. Again, we would like to apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you. We take such matters very seriously here at Transcend, and we’d like to take some time to explain our findings after thoroughly investigating this issue.

What we’ve found:

1. 13” Retina MacBook Pros are not affected by this issue since the SSD is located in it’s own plastic tray beneath the trackpad. Transcend’s JetDrive 720 is fully compatible with the 13” MacBook Pro with Retina display.

2. JetDrive 500 and 520 are not affected by this issue.

3. We have found that on some 15” Retina MacBook Pros, Apple’s assembly tolerances may allow for the motherboard to be shifted slightly to the right, decreasing the clearance between the speaker and the back of the SSD. The reduced clearance caused by the shifted motherboard will prevent our JetDrive 720 from seating correctly since it is 0.5mm longer than the stock SSD. We are therefore announcing that our JetDrive 720 is currently incompatible with the 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Our next steps:
1. We will change all Amazon listings and our own website to reflect this issue.
2. We will redesign our JetDrive 720 PCB to be the exact length as the stock SSD, making it fully compatible with both the 13” and 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display.

We have attached a few photos to illustrate the above issues. (imgur link (http://transcendinfo.imgur.com/all/))

13" MacBook Pro with Retina display

Stock SSD


Transcend JetDrive


15" MacBook Pro with Retina display

Stock SSD


Transcend JetDrive


Stock SSD


Transcend JetDrive
Rating: 6 Votes
19 weeks ago
YAY!!! Finally can stop living with 64GB!
Rating: 5 Votes
19 weeks ago
Once these have been out for a couple of months and no serious issues pop up, I'm pretty sure I'm getting an upgrade. Even though my 2011 MBA can only take up to 480GB, that's still a helluva nice deal.

Also, nice job on the video. They made it look extremely user friendly to complete the transplant. Plus the enclosure... I somehow feel cheated. They left me nothing to complain about.
Rating: 4 Votes
19 weeks ago

The installation steps in the video will probably yield an internal drive without a recovery partition.


Nope... a Disk Util clone like shown in that video will also move over the 650MB recovery partition.

The only thing I would say is missing in the video is after that first boot to the new SSD, one needs to go into System Prefs Startup Disk pane and select the new SSD as the boot drive. Otherwise the system will boot very slow because it will search around for all available boot sources rather than going straight to the new SSD.

Nice product.
Rating: 4 Votes
19 weeks ago

Why doesn't the article state that these are not PCI-e SSDs and thus are not compatible with the most recent laptops?


It does:

Transcend's JetDrive kits are not PCIe and are not compatible with the most recently released 2013 MacBook Airs and Retina MacBook Pros.

Rating: 4 Votes
5 weeks ago

Product was not ready for primetime. Terrible product. As an early adopter I got screwed by a faulty PCB (size) and buggy firmware. After reinstalling OS X and swapping drives many times.... having worked through these issues I contacted Transcend for a refund of the difference between the price I paid and the current sale price, just the difference. They refused, saying it's not part of their business model (Andrew Hinkle). Complete arrogance towards their customers. So I got overcharged $100 for the privilege to beta test for them and help work out all their niggles? Wonderful, now can I send them an invoice for all the time they wasted? The hubris is unbelievable. Instead of helping me, he was throwing screenshots in my face of all the current Amazon reviews and how many stars it has. In other words, "Screw you sucker, you got an early faulty version, paid WAY more then the new customers are paying for the newer fixed version, and you're not going to get any help" ....WOW, just wow.....so disappointed with Transcend. Maybe it's just this Andrews in their customer service dept. that is the problem, I don't know.


In the honor of being transparent, I've attached the email correspondence for the MacRumors community...

Carl,

The product you’re discussing has had multiple reviews on Amazon – 43 to be exact. 34 of those reviews are 5 stars. Transcend doesn’t engage in dismissive customer service. If you feel like it’s a faulty product, we’ve offered an exchange for the JDM725 which is perfectly fair. I can assure you the product is tested thoroughly. If you want to post on the forums about your opinions, that’s your right. Have a good day.

Andy Hinkle
Transcend Information Inc. Silicon Valley | General Manager
2350 Mission College Blvd., Suite 1050, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Direct: +1-408-454-4085 | Skype & LINE: TranscendAndy
Web: www.transcend-info.com | email: andrew_hinkle@transcend-info.com

From: Carl Moebis
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:24 PM
To: andrew_hinkle
Subject: Re: Transcend Sales Department has received your message

No, I will contact Amex about these issues and have the unit sent back for a full refund now. I will also let the other users on macrumors forums know about your dismissive customer service. You sell a faulty product that was clearly not ready for primetime, overcharge $100 and when asked to do the right thing you balk. Let me ask you, selling untested products, is that part of this same “business”?

On Jul 31, 2014, at 6:03 PM, andrew_hinkle wrote:

Sorry Carl, promotions come and go and prices aren’t retroactively set in our business. I can personally assign one of my Tech Support Engineers to sit down and go over step by step of the installation when you get the JetDrive 725 unit if you’d like.

Andy Hinkle
Transcend Information Inc. Silicon Valley | General Manager
2350 Mission College Blvd., Suite 1050, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Direct: +1-408-454-4085 | Skype & LINE: TranscendAndy
Web: www.transcend-info.com | email: andrew_hinkle@transcend-info.com

From: Carl Moebis
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:55 PM
To: andrew_hinkle
Subject: Re: Transcend Sales Department has received your message

Andrew,

That is just not fair. I have been battling with this thing since I bought it, and would have been better off if I had waited. Now for the privilege of working out the bugs (with the help of other members on Macrumors forums) I had to pay $100 more. I would have happily waited until now to purchase had I known about the dimensional issues and the firmware bugs, and not only would have saved myself some grief, but apparently $100 in the process. Do you know how many reinstalls and swapping of the drives I had to do? I wasted an immense amount of time, and it has left a bad taste. Refunding me the $100 that the new buyers are enjoyed after having all of the niggles worked out would only be fair to someone that had to toil through the early issues.

Regards,
Carl Moebis


On Jul 31, 2014, at 5:45 PM, andrew_hinkle wrote:

Carl,

Good afternoon. Thank you for being an early adopter of our JetDrive 720, we appreciate it. We didn’t look at the promotion with Amazon as punishment for those that had bought the SSD upgrade in the past. We really wanted to harness the Amazon customer breadth to promote our JDM line more extensively. Amazon has 237M active customers and we used our Deal of the Day slotting to get the word out. Tomorrow it goes back to the regular retail price. Unfortunately, we won’t be refunding money to consumers.

If you have any questions, feel free to call/email me directly.

Best regards,

Andy Hinkle
Transcend Information Inc. Silicon Valley | General Manager
2350 Mission College Blvd., Suite 1050, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Direct: +1-408-454-4085 | Skype & LINE: TranscendAndy
Web: www.transcend-info.com | email: andrew_hinkle@transcend-info.com
Rating: 3 Votes

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