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Kingston XS2000 2TB External SSD review

Rating: 8.0.

Kingston's XS2000 is an extremely diminutive external SSD, measuring less than 70mm long. But while it might be small in stature, with a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20Gbps) interface, it is certainly not small in terms of the performance… We find out if it can justify the £240 asking price.

There are just three capacities in the current XS2000 lineup; 500GB, 1TB and the 2TB flagship drive we are looking at here. At the heart of the drive is a Silicon Motion SM2320 controller, which thanks to its built-in USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface offers much better performance than a controller that has to rely on a bridge chip. For the XS2000, Kingston have paired the SM2320 up with 96-Layer 3D TLC NAND.

Kingston rate the XS2000 Sequential performance as up to 2,000MB/s for both reads and writes across the range.

The XS2000 doesn't come with any hardware encryption but is backed with a 5-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:

  • Usable Capacities: 2TB.
  • NAND Components: 96-layer TLC NAND.
  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20Gbps).
  • Form Factor: external.
  • NAND Controller: Silicon Motion SM2320.
  • Dimensions: 69.5 x 32.6 x 13.5mm.
  • Drive Weight: 28.9g

Firmware Version: 1000.

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