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SSD Transcend JetDrive 500 (480 GB): review and testing

Current material will be interesting primarily to owners of the Apple company products, namely laptops of lineup Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. These solutions are equipped with SSDs as the primary storage drive. Its use is provided by significant performance improvement, but the capacity of drives does not always satisfy the end users. Especially over the past few years the amount of content increased in size.

Transcend JetDrive 500

Transcend has taken care of the users of Apple laptops, creating a whole line of SSD-drives Transcend JetDrive to expand their internal memory. At the moment it includes five models designed for use in different versions of laptops. You can learn the details about the compatibility of the solid-state drive in this series with laptops Apple MacBook from the table below. To verify the compatibility of your device with the production of company Transcend you can use the application Transcend Quick Finder.

Drive model

Laptop model

SSD memory capacity, Gb

Max read/write speed, MB/s (depends on drive capacity)

JetDrive 500

MacBook Air 3,1 (см.прим.) / 3,2 / 4,1 / 4,2

240 / 480 / 960

570 / 460

JetDrive 520

MacBook Air 5,1 / 5,2

JetDrive 720

MacBook Pro 10,2

JetDrive 725

MacBook Pro 10,1

JetDrive 420

MacBook Pro 5,1 / 5,2 / 5,3 / 5,5 / 6,1 / 6,2 / 7,1 / 8,1 / 8,2 / 8,3 / 9,1 / 9,2

120 / 240 / 480 / 960

570 / 470

MacBook 4,1 / 5,1 / 5,2 / 6,1 / 7,1

Mac mini 4,1 / 5,1 / 5,2 / 6,1 / 6,2

Note: Apple MacBook Air of version 3.1 supports a maximum storage capacity of 240 GB.

As you can see, the solutions of lineup Transcend JetDrive have almost identical performance results. They mainly differ in form factor, the contacts location and size. These values make the drive incompatible with each other. We will meet with a representative of this lineup on the example of SSD-drive Transcend JetDrive 500 with the capacity 480 GB.

The specs:

Producer and model

Transcend JetDrive 500



SATA 6 Gb/s

Capacity, GB

240 / 480 / 960

Memory type

synchronous MLC NAND Flash

Temperature, °C





Data transfer rate (AJA), MB/s





Compacted data transfer rate (ATTO), MB/s





Transfer rate of random 4 KB blocks (Iometer), IOPS 


75 000


75 000

Producer’s warranty, years


Drive pocket

Light emitting diode indicator

Power, data transfer, USB 2.0 / 3.0

Interface carrying capacity

USB 3.0, Gb/s


USB 2.0, Мb/s


Power source, V

5 (USB 2.0/3.0)

Operating temperature, °C


Dimensions, mm

130 x 28,2 x 10,8

Weight, g


Producer’s warranty, years


Producer website


The novelty is presented in three different sizes (240, 480 and 960 GB), which are slightly different by speed performance. In this case, all models have 5-year warranty from the manufacturer.

Design and packaging

Transcend JetDrive 500

In terms of design the box of the novelty is very similar to the packaging of many devices manufactured by Apple.

Transcend JetDrive 500

Transcend JetDrive 500

It has white color and minimum of information on the front and sides. Here we learn the drive model (Transcend JetDrive 500), its capacity (480 GB), types of interfaces (SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 in the drive and an external pocket, respectively), as well as laptops models suitable for the novelty (Apple MacBook Air).

Transcend JetDrive 500

But the bottom of the box is made in the best traditions of Transcend. Here is a table of specification, list the contents of the package, an indication of the warranty period (5 years) and a complete list of the received certificates. The greater part of the space is occupied by a short list of the features of this set in 21 languages:

  • intended for use in laptops Apple MacBook Air, issued during the period from the end of 2010 (13”) in mid-2011 (11” and 13”);
  • slim, stylish and lightweight external hard drive with an interface USB 3.0;
  • application of the original solid state drive as a new external device.

As you can see, this new product is intended only for certain laptops Apple, which correspond to the above description. Recall that in the table at the beginning of the review, you can see the compatibility list for all current lineup of drives Transcend JetDrive. As for the last two points we will discuss them in more detail.

Transcend JetDrive 500

Transcend JetDrive 500

Market of SSD-drive models is presented in different versions: from single drive in a box or plastic blister to entire sets, which contain a variety of additional components. Tested novelty definitely belongs to the last. So, its kitting includes:

  • external pocket with interface of micro-USB 3.0;
  • cable micro-USB 3.0↔USB 3.0;
  • two screwdrivers (T5 and P5);
  • the three screws in the package;
  • rubber plate;
  • sase for transportation;
  • quick installation guide and warranty card.

All components are safely tucked away inside the box in individual cells, which allows not to worry about their safety.

Transcend JetDrive 500

Transcend JetDrive 500

Oblong complete pocket has a stylish aluminum body formed to match the laptops Apple MacBook. The front side includes an indication of the manufacturer and the LED indicator and on the back there are three holes for mounting screws.

Transcend JetDrive 500

Transcend JetDrive 500

Connection of a pocket to the computer is realized via an interface micro-USB 3.0 using the provided cable.

Transcend JetDrive 500

Connected pocket perfectly matches with silver laptop. Due to the relatively small size and light weight it is a perfect companion for everyday use and on long business trips.

Transcend JetDrive 500

Transcend JetDrive 500

LED pocket indicator has a moderate brightness and color of light depends on the type of interface for data transmission: green - when connected to a USB 2.0 or blue - when using USB 3.0.

Transcend JetDrive 500

Transcend JetDrive 500

Inside the pocket contains a compact plate-bridge, acts as an intermediary between the SSD and interface USB. Along the edges of the top cover are located oblong padding, and between them is a label with information about the device.

Transcend JetDrive 500

Used bridge is based on the controller ASMedia ASM1153E. Due to the proximity of internal and external connector it only slightly increases the length of the drive.

Transcend JetDrive 500

Transcend JetDrive 500

SSD Transcend JetDrive 500 is executed on a black PCB. It is based on the controller Transcend 02-6500 (P0AY74.00) and the RAM chip Samsung K4B4G16460-BYKO with capacity of 512MB and eight banks in ROM Micron PF567-10AL with capacity of 64 GB each. Despite the overall capacity of 512 GB, the user can use only 480 GB. The remaining capacity is reserved and used for more equitable use of all memory cells and extend the life of SSD as a whole.

Note that for the drive's power, according to the label on it, a voltage of 3.3 V and a current of 1.4 A (power consumption up to 4.62 W) is required. The drive has a marking TS480GJDM500.

Transcend JetDrive 500

Transcend JetDrive 500

Installing of the drive in the pocket is very simple, and the SSD is securely fixed inside.

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