Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Review - In the Box

 

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The drive is sold in two formats: standalone and an upgrade bundle. The standalone version includes the drive and a 3.5" mounting bracket, while the bundle includes the drive, mounting bracket, a 2.5-inch extrernal enclosure, SATA data cable, hard drive cloning software and guide, and a multi bit screwdriver. Kingston sent us the upgrade bundle to take for a spin.

 

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The upgrade bundle's 2.5-inch external enclosure caught my eye rather quickly. The ability to take my SSD on the go means I can have a lightweight way to carry movies, music, pictures and documents without using up laptop disk space. Not only is it handy, but it also had a modern, sleek look with brushed aluminum on the top and hard plastic on the bottom and sides. Also, unlike portable mechanical drives, this SSD only requires 1 USB port for both power and data transfer. This is a huge bonus to laptop or ultrabook users without a surplus of USB ports on the same side to plug in to.  However, the severe transfer speed limitations make this a bit of a handicap when enclosing a super fast (and relatively expensive) SSD, but it's still there to use as you wish, perhaps with a spare notebook HDD.

 

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The SSD itself has a neatly places HyperX logo ontop of a brushed aluminum case with edgy black accents of the rest of the enclosure.  The bottom has a diffused grey look, and the whole unit is pieced together snugly and firmly.

 

 

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