Kingston XS1000 External SSD review

A competitively priced external SSD that lacks hardware encryption

Kingston XS1000 SSD on a wooden desk
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The XS1000 has reasonable read/write speeds, solid construction, and an attractive price point. This all comes at a cost to other parts of the spec including the distinct lack of hardware encryption, no drop rating, and no mention of an IP rating. In many ways, that makes the purchasing of this SSD a bit of a gamble. Kingston only offers two storage capacity options for the XS1000, 1TB and 2TB. This is noticeably limited compared to their competitors.


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    Reasonable read/write speeds


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    No IP or drop ratings

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    Tops out at 2TB capacity

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Kingston offers two models of external Solid State Drive (SSD), the XS2000 and the XS1000. The XS2000 is the better of the two and retails at £52 for 500GB and £272 for 4TB, with options in between. The XS1000, on the other hand, costs £69 for the 1TB capacity and £106 for the 2TB. This is therefore the more affordable of the two Kingston options.

Kingston XS1000: Specifications

Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10GBs)
Capacity: 1TB, 2TB
Performance Sequential: Up to 1,050MB/s read, 1,000MB/s write
Operating temperature: 0°C to 40°C 
Non-operating temperature: -20°C to 85°C
Weight: 28.7 g
Size: 69.54 x 32.58 x 13.5mm

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Paul Hatton
Freelance tech writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.