I was pressed for space with the Apple 1TB SSD, so I upgraded my MacBook Pro Retina Apple Flash Drive to 2TB OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD. The Aura Pro X2 upgrade has worked flawlessly, increased performance and power take-off seem at least as good and maybe better – a triple win.
Best of all, my MacBook 2015 can be fully functional, with all my stuff on it, the OWC Aura Pro X2 NVMe SSD is a drop-in replacement for Apple SSD in various Mac models, including the MacBook Pro 2013/2014 / 2015, Mac Pro, has no trouble running out of space while on the road awesome!
Interview with CEO Larry O & # 39; Conner
MPG interviewed Larry O & # 39; Conner, CEO of World Wide Web Computing (OWC), on Aura Pro X2. Focus on specific points.
MPG: Which customer base does Aura Pro X2 serve? Who usually goes to the upgrade route and what are the most common Macs upgraded? Can Windows PCs make use of the upgrade?
Aura Pro X2 is a great solution for MacBook Pro with Retina, MacBook Air, Mac mini 2014, Mac Pro 2013, and soon – iMac 2013 and later owners who need more, high performance SSD / Flash storage capacity than their existing factory station , and want this to be inside the system.
X2 not only offers up to 2TB capacity, 2X to 4X original maximum factory options, depending on the model, but also a much higher performance level.
There is a win wine for more capacity + a good boost to these great Macs for performance at the same time.
Aura Pro X2 is only designed for use in the Macs listed. Apple uses a proprietary interface for which Aura Pro X2 is designed.
MPG Lloyd's setup:
Volumes Boot and Master on 2TB OWC Aura Pro X2 SS
installed internally in 2015 MacBook Pro Retina
MPG: What to do OWC to ensure compatibility and how is it different from generic solutions? How difficult is the installation and does OWC offer it a service?
For over 30 years we have been focused on Apple. Literally man's hours have gone into what is now the Aura Pro X2 in terms of design and certification. Not just hardware development, but also intensive firmware development.
In particular, hundreds of hours go into every Apple model with our drives – testing restarts thousands of times, 1000+ wake-up / sleep testing, thermal load testing, extreme load testing, etc. We've learned a lot in this room during decades, and an unprecedented time has entered both Aura Pro X2 and Aura N to ensure that these are not just our next NVME SSDs ever, but the absolute best for Macs we have built them for.
There are no generic solutions – Aura Pro X2 drives are built for the Apple interface. Unlike the Aura Pro X2, generic adaptations may lack signal integrity and lack the firmware for complete reliable operation .
We currently do not offer an official installation submission service since this installation is really user-friendly and usually less than 15 minutes from start to finish in any of the supported systems other than Apple iMac. When we officially present our iMac sets, we will provide a service for these models. Since Apple has glued the screen to the iMac, the iMac is a more difficult – very workable – but rather scary upgrade to many.
For every Mac and also for more than just SSD / Flash – we have the most comprehensive library of how to upgrade videos in the galaxy: https://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos. In addition – free free technical support 800-275-4576 and live chat on our site have real people in the US there to help 7 days a week.
OWC Aura Pro X2
MPG: What performance and battery life can be expected from "stock" SSD?
While our previous generation of Aura Pro X and especially the original Aura truly shut down battery life – an unfortunate consequence of available controller solutions that are supported by Apple in 2016 and 2017 – These new drives provide battery runtimes highly comparable and even potentially longer versus the original SSDs while delivering significantly more performance .
In fact – as of this year – our entire Aura and Aura Pro lines have been updated from November 2018 and completed in May 2019 – for which Apple model you have, our drives have never been faster, cooler, longer runs than they are today. We don't stop.
MPG: What type of life / durability can users expect from Aura Pro X2 and what about warranty and support? What sets OWC apart from warranty / support / compatibility options?
We have real people who care, not just an automated form – when you have a question, you can call us – live chat us etc. – and a real person who is passionate about our solutions – that is not on a script – is there to help . We build our solutions primarily for Apple vs. this is a secondary for us. This is our passion / makes the world a better place with OWC technology inspirational fantasy. Apple is our focus.
X2 comes with a healthy 5 year warranty and is designed to go twice as much +.
A year has passed since we last needed to support a field firmware update – but that's another benefit of OWC. Apple sometimes makes changes to an OS level that can affect hardware like an SSD. OWC has the unique ability to deploy firmware update programs like no other outside Apple for the Apple platform today. And … we don't stop there, we are currently in development testing for about 2 years by our own NVME driver who can increase performance even further.
MPG: What is the development process as for a product like X2? 19659008] Talked to it in another question – but in a word it's Intense! It is many years of design, firmware development and system testing. Every year, Apple is a little different, and we test in ALL models, as there are things that need to be accommodated differently in each. This is where our firmware comes in to see the experience through all systems.
We learned a lot from our previous NVME and PCIe generation products, and I have to give good Kudos to Chris Anderson at our dev team for the horrific times he and his team put in to make sure X2 is the incredible drive it is today .
MPG: Everything else that sets Aura Pro X2 apart from options and is X2 "best of breed" for its target market, and why?
Incredible performance far beyond anything before it breaks through pricing – 1TB under $ 280 vs. $ 500 only for 1TB upgrade at Apple factory – cool driving and good battery life – win-win-win. Expand your Mac's life with the storage you need + performance enhancement as well.
MPG: Where does the OWC market look for upgrades when newer Macs have few or no upgrade options?
In a word … externally – unless Apple changes course in the future. Apple T2 chip by unlocking internal modifications / upgrades even where we had looked at a remote and replaced SMT solder process. But .. Thunderbolt 3 offers good opportunities for external ability and …. OWC DEC lives – this supplement will be the ideal solution we believe.
… the end of the interview .
Below, performance as tested.
2TB 2015 OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Performance MacBook Pro Retina
Below is the Aura Pro X2 installed in a MacBook Pro 2015.
2TB OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD installed internally in 2015 MacBook Pro Retina