Once again Kingston has another winner in a portable solid state drive. In terms of speed this is a USB 3.2 gen 2 drive so the rated speed are 1050 MB/s read and 1000 MB/s write and the drive performed right up to those specifications. I also did like that the included cable with the drive is USB-C to USB-A, which allows this drive to work for more people, especially desktop users.
When it comes to USB 3.2 gen 2 portable solid state drives they pretty much perform the same, you should expect speeds of around 1000 MB/s. I think the thing that many people overlook is form factor and the fact that the XS1000 is one of the smallest portable solid state drives out there. It is not much larger than a flash drive, which means you can easily put it in your pocket.
It is worth noting that this drive is not available in a 4TB version, which is a bit disappointing. Also this is not the fastest drive out there as Kingston’s own XS2000 drive is twice as fast as it makes use a USB 3.2 gen 2×2 connection. In many cases we have seen USB 3.2 gen 2 and USB 3.2 gen 2×2 drives have very close price parity where it just made sense to get the faster drive, but Kingston has priced the XS1000 pretty competitively not only in the market, but against the faster XS2000. Right now you can pick up the 2TB version of the drive for $99, which is a great deal! Overall ThinkComputers gives the Kingston XS1000 portable solid state drive a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Small form factor
– USB-C to USB-A cable included
– Great performance
– Not available in 4TB version