Transcend Announces JetDrive Lite Expansion Cards For MacBook Laptops

Transcend Information, Inc., a global leading producer of storage and multimedia devices, is announcing the launch of its new JetDrive Lite line of flash expansion cards geared to the MacBook Pro with Retina display, and to the MacBook Air.  Transcend is offering four different models — the JetDrive Lite 130 — in both 64GB and 128GB capacities, the JetDrive Lite 300 — in 64GB capacity only, the JetDrive Lite 350 — in both 64GB and 128Gb capacities, and the JetDrive Lite 360 — in both 64GB and 128GB capacities.  These JetDrive Lite flash cards are specifically designed to have a flush profile with the corresponding specific MacBook models, providing an easy and instant increase in storage capacity.

Transcend JetDrive Lite 1

Utilizing one of Transcend’s new JetDrive Lite expansion cards provides lots of additional space to store, backup and/or carry lots of music, movies, photos and personal documents.  For example, one of the 128GB JetDrive Lite cards is able to store over 60,000 high-resolution photos or images, 32,000 MP3 songs, 32 hours of full HD video, and a seemingly endless amount of documents.  Once inserted into your compatible MacBook Pro with Retina display or MacBook Air, the JetDrive Lite expansion card does not stick out from the body of your MacBook like many memory cards, but remains flush with the exterior surface of the laptop body, allowing it to be left in place for on-the-go storage.

JetDrive Lite 350 128GB

The JetDrive Lite series of expansion flash cards utilize top-tier MLC NAND flash memory chips, and are rated for sequential read speeds of up to 95MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 60MB/s.  This level of performance results in a significant reduction in data transfer times regardless of file size; which is particularly beneficial to graphic artists, photographers and video editors, who often work with ultra-high-resolution video and images.

Transcend JetDrive Lite 3

Transcend’s JetDrive Lite series of flash expansion cards feature built-in ECC (error correction code), and also utilize advanced wear-leveling algorithms to ensure consistent performance over the lifespan of the card.  The JetDrive Lite expansion cards are produced utilizing a special COB (Chip-on-Board) method, which makes them completely impervious to dust and water.  Durability-wise, the JetDrive Lite cards are rated for 10,000 insertion/removal cycles, are fully tested for reliability and compatibility, and are backed by Transcend’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Transcend JetDrive Lite 4

The 64GB models of the JetDrive Lite expansion flash cards carry an MSRP of $49.00, with the 128GB versions at an MSRP of $99.00.  The compatibility chart below shows which JetDrive Lite model corresponds to which MacBook Pro with Retina display or MacBook Air.  You can view the product page for Transcend’s JetDrive Lite series on their website here.  The Transcend press release announcing the JetDrive Lite series can be viewed in its entirety here.

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I wish it were available in 256GB capacity. I am using 256GB SDXC cards (from Transcend, incidentally) as Time Machine backup drives from my rMBP and my wife’s MBA, but they are sluggish and don’t fit flush.

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256GB is probobly a little less attainable right now, since that would require 16 dies stacked together (only samsung does that afaik) or 256Gbit dies (not available at the moment).

Although i wonder what kind of IOPS does these things get. I imagine its not that great, since they must be using a simple controller with no dram,

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It’s certainly sluggish, but I am only using it for Time Machine backups in the background. My laptop has a 512GB SSD and over 128GB of data, my wife’s 256GB SSD is nearly full, so 128GB drives won’t cut it. At $160 each, the 256GB SDXC cards (from PNY, not Transcend as I incorrectly stated) were cheap enough to be almost an impulse buy. Both the SDXC cards replaced 256GB USB hard drives, not having to carry all that bulk and weight (including the cables) around is a significant advantage. The main problem is the risk of misplacing the cards,… Read more »

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Ideally these new expansion cards should have better performance than standard SD cards since most SD cards use crappy flash chips. We won’t know for sure until benchmarks/reviews come out though. I’m curious how these compare to SanDisk’s 80-100MB/s cards.

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If you already are using a 256GB SSD and then have also filled a 128GB, you should consider taking some data off into a different sdhc / usb drive, something that you don’t always need. That will take away the need for a single drive thats as large and also give you better pricing.

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Jack John

Hey Fazal are you sure that you have 256 GB SDXC cards from Transcend?
Only Lexar has 256 GB SDXC cards.
Transcend has 128 GB SDXC max.
Transcend has 256 GB Compact Flash Card 800X!
You do not know about your devices and try to comment!

Fazal Majid
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As I mentioned in my second comment, I made a mistake: the 256GB SDXC are PNY, not Transcend (or Lexar). The PNY are much cheaper, but I suppose you have to pay the price in reduced performance.

Les@TheSSDReview
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I have the Lexar 256GB and thought it was the only of its kind…have you a link to any other as I cannot find one? Would be a great review comparison.

Fazal Majid
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The Lexar was the only one available for a long while. B&H had the PNY listed as arriving soon, so I signed up for the notification and ordered it as soon as they had it in stock on May 7th.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1016078-REG/pny_technologies_p_sdx256u1h_ge_256gb_elite_sdxc_uhs_1_card.html

Performance is underwhelming. It’s acceptable for my purposes (backup drive) but I wouldn’t use it for video, even if on paper it is UHS-I certified.