Here’s something different from Transcend. This Transcend StoreJet 25MC not just another external hard disk from Transcend as this time, it focuses on its connectivity. It comes with a rare cable called the USB 3.1 Gen 1 Micro-B to USB-C. Essentially, it’s just micro USB to USB-C connector cable but supports USB 3.0, which is now known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 for some reason.
So what is the Transcend StoreJet 25MC? Who is it for? Most importantly, does it have value to you and me?
Well, let’s find out.
The box of the Transcend StoreJet 25MC is surprisingly… unsurprising if you’ve seen other Transcend external hard disk packaging. Its general geometry and cutouts are so similar from one external hard disk model to another, it’s really easy to get confused between one another. Just make sure you’re buying the correct model you’re looking for.
As it clearly stated (albeit tinily) on the side, the Transcend StoreJet 25MC is connected via USB 3.0 Type-C. That seems to be the only highlight that’s different from their StoreJet 25M3, actually.
Majority of the USB 3.0 external hard disks come with a USB 3.0 micro-B to USB Type-A cable.
Digging everything out from the box reveals a slew of their product brochures, a quick start guide, a warranty card, the hard disk itself, and the main highlight: Micro-B to USB-C cable.
I can’t help but to point this out – the StoreJet 25MC would’ve be better if Transcend included a USB-C OTG cable. Why not include a standard USB-A to micro-USB just like any other external hard disks, then include another USB-C OTG cable together in the 25MC’s box?
It would be a disaster as USB-C isn’t particularly readily available on all desktops and laptops for now.
Typical Transcend design, to be honest. Nothing too out of their design language when it comes to the three-stage anti-shock protection chassis, and still have the inclusion of that One Touch Auto-Backup button at the top right corner.
One thing’s for sure – the Transcend StoreJet 25MC is only available in its iconic Transcend Green & Grey color scheme.
I do wish that all external hard disks have is a channel to store the USB cable inside of it. That would be a real boon for people who are always on-the-go and needs everything to be just a tad less cluttered and is always ready to be whisked away at an instant without worrying about where the cable is.
Let’s talk performance. The Transcend StoreJet 25MC isn’t much different from any other Transcend external hard disks, actually. Comparing the benchmark of other external hard disks, the Transcend StoreJet 25MC isn’t much different from the crowd.
And the same goes to ATTO’s benchmark.
Same goes to real-world performance too.
Seems pretty standard for an external hard disk, but of course – the Transcend StoreJet 25MC’s specialty lies within its features, and that’s where its redemption is at.
I think this is the time where everyone thinks – “hey, what’s so special about the Transcend StoreJet 25MC anyway?” And to be honest, I get it why people ask this particular question. I mean, the box itself is pretty similar to the other Transcend external hard disks, and they all look the same with the green and grey soft shell case. The real difference here is the included cable only.
And that’s where things get interesting. USB-C’s nature is versatile – so much so that it’s now widely found in smartphones. Many smartphones these days support OTG too, and that’s where things get interesting. Attach your Transcend StoreJet 25MC to a smartphone like the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom with an insane battery life, and you can pretty much spend hours upon hours on movies and music that’s saved in the Transcend StoreJet 25MC.
But then again, you’ll be stuck with this one USB-C cable only. If your desktop or laptop doesn’t have a USB-C port, then you’ll need another USB 3.0 Micro-B to USB-A cable to connect.
Wrapping up the Transcend StoreJet 25MC
The main difference between the StoreJet 25MC and the 25M3 is the cable only, I guess. And there’s also a bit of a price premium for that cable too, as the Transcend StoreJet 25MC is priced at about RM285 – which is about RM30 higher than the 25M3.
While USB-C is indeed a novelty a bit of a novelty, I think that it’s made only for a really specific niche market that is already using USB-C throughout all devices – desktops, laptops, and smartphones.
Let’s not forget, you can also get a simple USB-A to USB-C converter (a.k.a. USB-C OTG cable) together with the StoreJet 25M3 (the one without USB-C cable) and attach it whenever you like. Just more flexibility.