Quickly falling part prices imply that solid-state drives have by no means been so low-cost, and outdated favorites at the moment are way more reasonably priced than they was once. Take for instance the SanDisk Excessive Transportable SSD (£180 at Amazon UK, $200 at BHphotovideo), an exterior SSD that’s not solely rugged and pocket-sized but additionally reasonably priced, boasting some nifty options.
4 iterations of the drives can be found and we’re testing the 1TB mannequin (SDSSDE60-1T00-G25) which comes with a three-year guarantee. Different capacities obtainable embrace 250GB, 500GB and 2TB.
The SanDisk Excessive Transportable SSD is just not as compact as a few of its opponents (just like the Samsung T5 for instance) however it’s skinny sufficient, at eight.85mm, to slide comfortably into one’s again pocket. Its small footprint – 50 x 96.2mm – makes it far smaller than most up-to-date smartphones.
Aimed toward an viewers that’s probably to make use of the system open air, this SanDisk drive employs rubber for its chassis, with an orange plastic loop on the top-right that can be utilized to securely connect it to an merchandise. Whereas its edges are easy, the highest and backside surfaces are textured, which makes dealing with the drive simpler (however equally, provides an look that might be confused with an affordable Bluetooth speaker).
The drive carries an IP55 score for water and mud resistance. Simply make certain to maintain it properly away from something that might probably get lodged within the USB Kind-C connector, and completely forestall you from connecting it to every other system. Additionally ensure that it’s completely dried and cleaned earlier than utilizing it, following any submersion in liquid.
The drive can also be pretty shock resistant as it can face up to a drop of 2m on a concrete ground with out main injury.
The only real connector on the SanDisk Excessive Transportable SSD is a USB three.1 (Gen 2) port which is helpful when used with the bundled Kind-C to Kind-C cable, permitting it to hit as much as 550MBps in response to the producer – a fraction increased than while you use it with the bundled Kind-A adaptor.
We’re not satisfied by the latter as its measurement makes it extra more likely to be misplaced. A plastic band tethering it to the primary cable would possibly assist. One thing for SanDisk to remember for the subsequent model of the drive, perhaps.
We noticed some good numbers right here, with the caveat that the Kind-C connector – not Kind-A – was used. This little SanDisk product outperformed all non-Thunderbolt three drives we’ve examined with CrystalDiskMark, delivering practically 560MBps when it comes to learn velocity and simply over 500MBps in write. A 100GB file was transferred in 294 seconds, which equates to a switch price of about 334MBps.
The drive has a rated most knowledge switch price of 10Gbps, however in actuality, it by no means reaches that due to the inherent limitations of the bodily port.
The Excessive Transportable SSD comes pre-formatted as an exFAT system which implies that it may well work on Home windows and Mac out of the field. Reformatting it to NTFS will restrict compatibility to Home windows however will allow TRIM which can enhance the longevity of the drive.
You additionally get a duplicate of SanDisk’s SecureAccess three.02 software program that means that you can create a password-protected folder (or non-public vault) to retailer all of your delicate information utilizing 128-bit AES encryption. Be aware, nevertheless, that plainly the applying – developed by a third-party known as EncryptStick – will store your files temporarily in plain-text.
SanDisk is more likely to be utilizing the BiCS Flash developed by Western Digital (WD) and Toshiba, most likely the 64-layer model, not the 96-layer one which was launched in 2018. The three-dimensional nature of BiCS Flash helps enhance efficiency, cut back warmth dissipation and cut back prices, so count on future iterations to ship even higher worth for cash.
The competitors and verdict
There’s not a lot competitors on this value vary. The Samsung T5, which prices marginally much less and is way extra transportable, is the one rival that’s broadly obtainable. It’s not IP-rated, although, and its metallic floor is more likely to get scratched simply.
The ADATA SE730H is one other competitor that maybe deserves extra recognition. It’s smaller than the SanDisk Excessive Transportable, slight cheaper, and sports activities an IP68 score making it way more resilient. Just like the Excessive, it has a Kind-C connector, a three-year guarantee and makes use of 3D NAND Flash know-how – however it’s barely slower and comes from a lesser-known model.
LaCie, Seagate, Glyph, WD, Lexar and G-Know-how even have related rugged and excessive capability exterior SSDs, however none of them have a novel promoting level that may make them stand out in opposition to the T5, the SE730H or the SanDisk.
When used with a USB Kind-C cable, the SanDisk Excessive rises above the competitors with some stellar numbers. The design and type issue are spot on and whereas we’ve got one reservation relating to the bundled cable, you’ll be able to’t go fallacious at this value.
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