Model: Kingston XS2000 Portable Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Kingston
Provided By: Kingston

As the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products, Kingston Technology doesn't need much of an introduction. The company got its start in 1987, when the computer industry was suffering from a severe shortage of surface-mount memory chips. To provide a solution, Kingston's founders designed a new Single In-Line Memory Module (SIMM) that used readily available, older technology through-hole components. Today, Kingston offers more than 2,000 memory products including SD cards, SSD drives, memory modules and USB flash drives for consumers, businesses, enterprises and system builders.

This past fall, Kingston launched its latest portable SSD, the XS2000. Designed with content creators, prosumers and corporate professionals in mind, this pocket-sized, portable drive is powered by Silicon Motion's new SM2320 controller and is available with up to 2TB of 3D TLC NAND flash for storage of high-res images, 8K videos, and large documents. The XS2000 is also equipped with a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 interface that can transfer data at speeds up to 2,000 MB/s. To top it all off, the drive works with Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS and comes with a rubber sleeve that makes it water resistant, dust resistant and shockproof.

The XS2000 is available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. For this review, Kingston sent us the 1TB version of the drive which is capable of reading and writing at up to 2,000 MB/s.

 Kingston XS2000 1TB Portable Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number SXS2000/1000G
Capacity 1TB
Flash Type 3D TLC NAND
Controller Silicon Motion SM2320
Interface USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C

Sequential Read 2,000 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 2,000 MB/s Max

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 70 ºC
Storage Temperature -20 ºC to 85 ºC

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 69.54 x 32.58 x 13.5mm
Weight 28.9g

Other Features
Works with Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS
Compact, pocket-sized form factor
IP55 rating with removable rubber sleeve
Five year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the XS2000 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Kingston's new portable SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the XS2000 have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Kingston? Keep reading as we find out.

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