I don’t know about you, but when I purchased my 2015 MacBook Pro, I couldn’t afford to upgrade the SSD inside the machine above the base 128GB of storage. And the small amount of storage began to chafe a bit early on.
Luckily, there is amore reasonably-priced upgrade option available. If you don’t mind opening up your MacBook, and doing a bit of work, you can save quite a bit and gain some storage elbow room in the process.
OWC has announced its new line of Aura® Pro X2 SSDs for select MacBook Pro Retina, MacBook Air, Mac Mini and Mac Pro models. The SSD upgrade’s price starts at $119.99, and can up to 2TB of storage to your machine. The upgrade works with the MacBook Air (Mid-2013 to 2017), MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013 to Mid 2015), Mac Pro(2013/Current Model) and Mac mini (Late 2014).
OWC says the Aura Pro X2 is twice as fast as the original SSDs, and with read speeds reaching over 3200MB/s and write speeds of 2400MB/s, the new SSD delivers performance on par with today’s Macs.
“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,” saidOWC 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.”
Aura Pro X2 SSD upgrade kits include Envoy Pro, a high-performance SSD enclosure to reimagine and repurpose your original drive. Your factory SSD fits in the Envoy Pro so you can transfer all your data to the new Aura Pro X2 inside your notebook. Afterwards, you can use your Mac’s original SSD as a fast, external USB 3 drive.
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)