OWC; a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company and one of the world’s most respected creators of SSDs, Thunderbolt external drives, PC & Mac docking solutions and performance upgrade kits, today proudly announced its new line of Aura Pro X2 SSDs for select MacBook Pro Retina, MacBook Air, Mac Mini and Mac Pro models. OWC believes the need for more storage capacity shouldn’t force users into spending $1,300-$4,000+ for a new MacBook when a DIY upgrade for a fraction of the cost of a new model keeps Macs running at peak performance for years to come.
Up to 16X the Capacity
It is easy to underestimate how much storage you need and how fast that original stock drive inside your Mac can fill up, especially with photo and video files, games, or even just email. Aura Pro X2 SSDs are available in capacities up to 2TB, giving users a massive (up to 16X) boost in space to work and play. Benefiting from nearly a decade of SSD design experience to use less power and run cooler, Aura Pro X2 is the best way to upgrade most 2013 to 2017 model year Apple Macs.
Double the Speed
Up to twice as fast as the original SSDs, the Aura Pro X2 gives older Macs the space and speed to keep up with the demands of today and tomorrow. With read speeds reaching over 3200MB/s and write speeds of 2400MB/s, the Aura Pro X2 delivers performance on par with Apple’s latest models. And even at double the original speed, the new lineup runs cooler and consumes less power, which is a significant benefit for longer battery life on the road for those upgrading MacBook Pro laptops.
“It can take years to get your Mac broken in and situated with the keyboard, ports, apps and stickers that make it feel like home, so it can be a bit traumatic when everything starts to slow down, or your drive starts to fail,” said OWC CEO and Founder Larry O’Connor. “Replacing your original drive with a state-of-the-art SSD is the easiest and most affordable way to bring that old Mac up to modern performance specs, and it can be done in under 10 minutes. We’ve spent more than ten years working on perfecting every aspect of our entire lineup of SSDs, and they are the fastest and most reliable internal replacement SSDs your money can buy.”
Applicable Mac Models
The new Aura Pro X2 rounds out a substantial array of upgrades and enhancements to OWC’s entire line up of SSD models designed specifically for Apple models. Today’s Aura Pro X2 lineup, now available for MacBook Air (Mid-2013 to 2017), MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013 to Mid 2015), Mac Pro (2013/Current Model) and Mac mini (Late 2014), utilizes the latest Flash NAND and controller capabilities from brand new OWC designs. OWC has been committed to supporting Apple users with systems new and old for more than 30 years.
A Seamless DIY Upgrade Experience
Aura Pro X2 SSD upgrade kits come with Envoy Pro, the beautifully designed, high-performance SSD enclosure to reimagine and repurpose your original drive. When you remove your factory SSD, it fits perfectly into Envoy Pro so you can transfer all your data to the new Aura Pro X2 inside your notebook. Once the file transfer is complete, enjoy using your Mac's original SSD as a fast, external USB 3 drive – fully bootable, rugged, and versatile as additional storage, backup, or for a range of new purposes.
Pricing and Availability
The entire lineup of Aura Pro X2 SSD upgrade kits are backed by a 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty and are available now at MacSales.com as follows:
- 240GB SSD – $119.99
- 480GB SSD - $179.99 (compares to $400 Apple factory upgrade 128GB to 512GB)
- 1TB SSD - $299.99 (compares to $800 Apple factory upgrade 128GB to 1TB)
- 2TB SSD - $699.99 (compares to $1200 Apple factory upgrade 256GB to 2TB)
For customers who are seeking additional savings, OWC offers a trade-in rebate on original, unaltered, Apple and OWC brand drives.