MacBook owners know how inconvenient the components for are upgrading internal storage. However, OWC, an aftermarket Mac upgrade specialist announced yesterday a series of SSD upgrade kits for mid-2013 and later Mac laptops.
Dubbed Aura SSD, the kits include a 480GB or a 1TB PCle-based flash storage solution and will work with the late-2013 Retina MacBook Pro and newer and the mid-2013 MacBook Air and newer. This can be a great upgrade for Macs shipped with 128GB or 256GB SSDs. Note that, a Retina MacBook Pro or Air with 128GB of flash storage space can get eight times the capacity with the 1TB storage option.
OWC brags that it manufactured the Aura PCle-based flash storage using high-quality components that are fully compatible with Mac notebooks.
OWC’s SSD feature:
Tier-1 Flash: Top rated flash for best performance and reliance.
Superior Error Correction: Three-level error correction with low-density parity checks for improved authenticity and RAID-like protection for your data.
Global Wear Leveling: It’s an algorithm helps to maintain an even format of data across the SSD and prevents premature wear to extend the life of the drive.
Cell-Level Data Refresh: To maintain the correct charge at the cell level, the SSD controller monitors and re-writes data blocks, improving the integrity of data and extending drive life.
“We are excited and proud to be the first manufacturer to bring to market a PCIe-based flash storage upgrade for Mid 2013 and later Macs,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, OWC. “With nearly two years in development, the new Aura SSD represents a significant engineering accomplishment. Users that may have had to closely manage their storage space on a small 128GB factory SSD will now have more room than ever before for their documents, photos, videos and music. Content creators such as photographers and musicians will also experience new-found flexibility and workflow options thanks to the greater storage capacity, especially with the 1.0TB Aura model.”
The new Aura SSD upgrade kits are available for order with introductory pricing. For the 480GB upgrade, the price is $347.99 (without enclosure) and $399.00 (with enclosure). And for 1TB upgrade the price is $597.99 (without enclosure) and $649.00 (with enclosure). However, the drives will not be available until near the end of March. They will come with free shipping, with a 30 days money back guarantee and 3 years of warranty.