Transcend Announces JetDrive 855/850 PCIe NVMe SSD Upgrade Kit for Mac

Transcend has officially released the JetDrive 855/850 solid-state drive upgrade kit for Mac computers. The new kit utilizes a JetDrive 850 PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe solid-state drive that’s installed in a small aluminum Thunderbolt enclosure. The device is designed for use with several Mac computers including the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and Mac Pro.

The JetDrive 850 installed in the JetDrive 855 is said to feature read and write speeds of up to 1,600 MB/s and 1,300 MB/s, respectively, and is equipped with 3D NAND Flash memory while the Thunderbolt interface in the JetDrive 855 is capable of transfer speeds of up to 10 Gb/s. The JetDrive 850 can also be easily removed from the enclosure, making it compatible with multiple user systems.

As with most Transcend storage solutions, the JetDrive 855/850 kit is compatible with the company’s free JetDrive Toolbox for monitoring the drive’s health, upgrading firmware, and more.

The Transcend JetDrive 855/850 SSD upgrade kit is available in 240GB and 480GB capacities and, as always, is backed by the company’s five-year limited warranty. The price of the kit has yet to be announced.