Tech Review: Kingston XS1000 is powerhouse, yet compact file storage

Great things come in small packages. This is why Kingston is introducing external solid-state drives (SSDs) that are coming in more compact devices despite the super-fast data transfer and massive storage capacity.

The PC accessories and memory technology brand has launched the Kingston XS1000, an external SSD with 1TB and 2TB memory capacity. Now available locally, this fast and compact storage device breaks away from the traditional hard drives we used to know—in terms of size, weight, and noise produced when in use.

Sleek design

As among Kingston’s latest generations of external SSDs, the XS1000 comes in a very convenient size, with a rectangular dimension of just 69.54mm X 32.58mm X 13.5mm. That could barely be half the size of the old and standard SSDs in the market. It also weighs much less at just 28.7 grams, making it very handy and convenient for people on the go.

The casing material is made of metal and plastic strategically designed to make it a chic and attractive PC accessory. It could ideally operate in temperature until 40°C and be stored in temperatures from -20°C to 85°C. The all-black XS1000 is so sleek, it could fit in your palm.

Reliable file backup

The Kingston XS1000 SSD can back up a PC by storing vast amounts of files, whether photos, videos, and general-purpose data or files. With its USB 3.2 Gen 2 support, it can achieve read or write speeds of up to 1,050MB/s1 with backward compatibility with USB 3.2 Gen 1, making it useful with legacy devices.

Coming with a USB-C to USB-A cable, XS1000 is compatible with PCs in Windows 10 and 11, macOS (v.10.15.x +), Linux (v.4.4.x +), and Chrome OS. Tech and Lifestyle Journal notes that it can be paired well with an Apple MacBook, making it a reasonable solution to add more space to the popular laptop.

The only limitation is that this storage does not come with encryption of password access feature. Thus, be cautious when using it for storing highly sensitive data. Other people may easily open the files when you lose or misplace the SSD (files can never be protected with PIN or password). Other than that, all will go smoothly and well using XS1000.

Price and availability

Kingston XS1000 offers fast speed and value for money, with a limited 5-year warranty and free technical support. The 2TB device is being sold at around ₱7,599. It can be purchased online through the official Kingston store at Shopee and offline through authorized distributors of Kingston products nationwide.


Tech and Lifestyle Journal highly recommends Kingston XS1000 for students who need to back up their work and files, for business travelers who take huge files on PCs, and just about any PC user who usually stores vast amounts of photos, videos, and other important files.