If you need more storage capacity than a flash drive, but you also need more speed, portability and durability than an external hard drive, the easy solution is to pickup an external SSD. One of the top manufacturers of external SSDs is SanDisk, which recently launched their new SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD which we have in for review today.
The new SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is designed for those who need fast, high capacity storage, yet also want something rugged to travel with. The Extreme Portable SSD features SanDisk’s latest 3D BiCS NAND technology which greatly increases capacity of the drive up to 2TB yet still allows it [...]
Last year I was fortunate enough to be among the first to review the Samsung T3 Portable SSD. The drive was small, durable, fast, available in capacities up to 2TB, and relatively good looking making it not only my favorite portable SSD, but also my most highly recommended as well.
Of course, with Samsung’s annual release cycles, Samsung recently launched the new Samsung T5 Portable SSD which we’ll be reviewing today.Samsung Portable SSD T5 Specifications Manufacturer Samsung Model T5 Capacity 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB Interface Type-C USB 3.1 (Gen 2), USB 3.0, USB 2.0 Transfer Speed Up to [...]
Western Digital has released their first ever external drive powered by SSD technology.
Dubbed the My Passport SSD, the new external SSD features up to 1TB of storage in an ultraportable 1.8 inch x 3.5 inch x 0.39 inch form factor. Thanks to its SSD internals, the drive is capable of performance of up to 515MB/s over USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) and will feature adapters for compatibility with USB Type-A as well as USB Type-C connectors. For peace of mind, the drive also features industry standard AES 256-bit hardware encryption, and is durable enough to withstand a 6.5 foot drop and up to 1500G of force.
The WD My Passport SSD will MSRP at $99.99 for the 256GB, [...]
ADATA aims to keep your storage safe with its new SD700X External SSD.
Using a shell that protects the SSD inside like an armored truck, the ADATA SD700X’s ruggedized exterior is sealed to IEC IP68 water and dustproof standards. The drive can be submerged in 1.5m-deep water for 60 minutes without being damaged. Rubber bumpers also ensure that the drive is “military-grade” shockproof. The drive also meets MIL-STD-810G 516.6 requirements. The drive is also backed by a 3-year warranty.
Resting inside the case is an SSD built using 3D TLC NAND. It comes in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities capable of running up to 440MB/430MB/s in sequential [...]
For the most part, SSD introductions were few and far in-between at CES this year, but SSD maker Plextor made a splash in CES with several new product announcements.
Plextor M8Se PCIe SSD
The Plextor M8Se series of SSDs looks to bring the best cost to performance ratio to the high-end consumer market. Powered by Toshiba 15nm TLC along with the Marvell 88SS1093, the M8Se supports the PCIe Gen 3 x4 interface and the latest NVMe standard, allowing the top capacity Plextor M8Se model can reach up to 2.45GB/s in sequential reads and 1GB in sequential writes. 4K random performance is blazing fast too, rated at 210K IOPS reads and [...]
With ever increasing game install sizes, those who own large game libraries on their Xbox One increasingly find themselves lacking the storage space to install new games. One quick way to fix that issue is by using an external hard drive such as Seagate’s Game Drive. Another issue with the Xbox One is that games often load slowly as Microsoft has decided to equip them with traditional hard drives (HDDs) rather than newer and faster solid state drives (SSDs). However, Seagate is hoping to change that with their new Game Drive for Xbox SSD.
Designed with the Xbox theme in mind, the Game Drive for Xbox SSD is an external SSD which will give Xbox One gamers not [...]
Aside from the insanely great performance, shock resistance, and low power consumption, one benefit of SSDs is the ability for them to be extremely compact. As a SSD only requires silicon rather than spinning disks, SSD form factor is really only dictated by how a company chooses to arrange the chips onboard.
As such, we’re starting to see quite a few external SSDs take advantage of this form factor flexibility. One such product is the VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD which crams a full SSD into a form factor just slightly bigger than your average flash drive.VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket [...]
When I reviewed Samsung’s Portable SSD T1 last year, I was very impressed with what it had to offer. Of all the external SSDs on the market, the PSSD T1 proved to be the best combination of speed, capacity, and physical size. Because it utilized Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND, it was able to offer 1TB storage capacity in a form factor about the size of a business card. Furthermore, it had native encryption technology built in and since it wasn’t a RAID-based solution, it didn’t cost a boatload of money either.
Fast forward one year and what we have here for review today is the Samsung Portable SSD T3. [...]
Plextor had some brand-new PCIe SSDs to show at Computex this year with fancy heatsinks and some great performance.Plextor M8PeY
Plextor first unveiled the M8PeY at this year’s CES. This new PCIe SSD features the Marvel 88SS1093 controller and 15nm Toshiba TLC NAND. Boasting sequential read/write performance of up to 2,500MB/1,400MB/s and a random read/write performance of up to 280,000/240,000IOPS, the M8PeY is the fastest storage device Plextor has in their arsenal. Although I’m not quite sure why since the PCIe bus can provide 75w of power, it even comes with an additional SATA power connector at the top for “added [...]
For CES 2016, Samsung announced the T3 Portable SSD which is the successor to the T1 Portable SSD launched at CES last year. Despite the naming scheme that suggests a two generational improvement, the T3 Portable SSD is mostly a refresh of the existing T1.
Externally, the T3 PSSD is now equipped with a metal chassis which makes the unit slightly heavier, but more durable. Additionally, a USB Type C connector replaces the USB 3.0 Micro-B connector used on the T1 PSSD. Along with the new USB connector, the T3 PSSD also includes support for USB 3.1 however, performance is still capped at 450 MB/s.
Internally, the T3 PSSD still utilizes Samsung’s 3rd [...]