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The Team Group T-Force M200 is a high-end portable solid-state drive that uses the blazing-fast USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 interface to reach transfer rates of up to 20 Gbit/s. Team Group combined metal and plastic to create a rugged industrial design inspired by the M200 sniper rifle ammo cartridge.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
Silverstone decides the realm of M.2 SSD enclosures could use a shake-up, especially as PCIe Gen 4 SSDs run fairly warm and come with pre-installed heatsinks. The TS16 external docking station employs an open layout to fit such NVME or SATA M.2 SSDs for fast desktop add-on storage over a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connector.
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Author:VSG
In:Portable Storage
The Akasa AK-ENU3M2-07 M.2 is the first 20 Gbps enclosure we have looked at that is truly tool-less, utilizing big, easy-to-use thumbscrews to hold everything together. While it is rather bulky, that extra material makes for an excellent heatsink, and a great set of accessories further sets it apart from the competition.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Portable Storage
The ASUS ROG Strix Arion is most likely one of the coolest NVMe enclosures out there to date with its ASUS AURA-capable ARGB lighting. Its rugged housing also acts as a heatsink, and there is a unique tool-less assembly method and good set of extras.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Portable Storage
With its 20 Gbps interface, the ORICO M2PAC3-G20 aims to be a functional enclosure that is fast enough to get the most out of mainstream PCIe 3x4 NVME drives. With its simple but effective design, the housing will also act as a heatsink to keep the drive cool under heavy loads, all while targeting an affordable price point.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Portable Storage
The Kingston XS2000 portable SSD uses the blazing-fast USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 interface to achieve impressive transfer rates of up to 2 GB/s. Internally, a brand-new controller from Silicon Motion is used; it combines the USB bridge and SSD controller in a single chip. Pricing is great, too, just $285 for 2 TB is more affordable than any competitor.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
The ADATA EC700G offers all the usual fixings of a modern M.2 based enclosure with both SATA and NVMe support while utilizing a 10 Gbps USB interface. However, with its all-metal body, tool-less design and embedded RGB, it manages to stand out vividly from the competition.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Portable Storage
The TDBT SuperC Pro is not faster than the original SuperC. Instead, it aims to improve on the assembly experience, which is now tool-less, and offers broader support with its compatibility for both M.2 SATA and NVMe drives.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Portable Storage
The SilverStone MS12 goes for the USB-C Gen 2x2 interface, which is important if you want to retain as much performance as possible when using the USB-C interface with a modern NVMe drive. With an uncompromising approach to cooling, the M12 also aims to keep your drive cool at all times.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Portable Storage
The Team Group T-Force Treasure Touch is a portable SSD with adjustable RGB lighting. Changing the RGB effect is easy, just double-tap on the case or triple-tap for lights out. In terms of connectivity, the Treasure Touch supports USB-C with up to 10 Gbps, but is held back by its internal SATA SSD implementation.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
The ADATA SE900G offers fantastic transfer rates thanks to support for the USB 3.2 20 Gbps interface. The SE900G also impressed us with a large pSLC cache, and DRAM is onboard, too. If you fancy RGB, ADATA has you covered since the whole front of the SSD is illuminated in rainbow colors.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
The HP P500 portable SSD retails at only $115 for the 1 TB version, which makes it one of the most affordable portable drives available. Performance is better than any mechanical HDD, but can't keep up with some competing USB SSDs. The underlying reason is that the P500 uses UFS instead of NVMe, an interesting design choice.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
The Lexar SL200 Portable SSD is priced quite competitively at $120 for 1 TB. In our testing, we found good sequential transfer rates that are considerably higher than what you'll get from any HDD-based enclosure, and with 300 GB, the pseudo-SLC cache is very large, too.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
iStorage has made its name in the world of encrypted portable storage and is the only company to date with government certifications in multiple regions. Today, we take a quick look at their new diskAshur M2 drive, which uses an M.2 SATA SSD to offer speed, storage size, high build quality, and excellent onboard encryption.
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Author:VSG
In:Portable Storage
Kingston targets content creators with their new Workflow Station and memory card readers. As part of a modular family of products, the Workflow Station is a powered USB hub with support for a total of four different USB readers/miniHubs, which makes for up to eight different USB devices off a single USB Type-C port.
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Author:VSG
In:Portable Storage
The TDBT SuperC is a cool-looking, solid aluminum NVMe SSD enclosure that connects to your host system via USB-C. Coupled with a capable JMicron controller, this enclosure may just be the one you want, from a brand you may not have heard much of yet.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Portable Storage
Priced at just $88 for the 1 TB version, the Silicon Power PC60 is more affordable than the cheapest SATA drives on the market, just 9 cents per GB. With read-heavy workloads, it performs well, reaching speeds of around 500 MB/s, but writes are not as good.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
Most M.2 NVMe drive enclosures can at most hold a 2280 drive. The ICY DOCK ICYNano MB861U31-1M2B, however, is meant to be used with up to a 22110 drive, which puts it squarely in that enterprise-grade spectrum occupying around 5% of the market.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Portable Storage
The HP P700 is the fastest portable SSD we've ever tested. Under the hood, the P700 uses an SMI SM2263 controller, Micron 3D TLC, and DRAM cache, which is rare on portable SSDs. With $175 for the reviewed 1 TB version, pricing is reasonable, too.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
The Lexar SL100 Pro is one of the most compact portable SSDs on the market. Inside the metal case we found a Marvell SSD controller paired with Intel/Micron 3D TLC flash chips. Our performance testing shows excellent sequential performance, but random IO is slower than with competing drives.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
The ADATA SE760 is a high-performance portable SSD with USB 3.2 10 Gbps support to reach transfer rates of more than 1 GB/s. Inside the durable metal case we found a full-size M.2 drive, with a controller from Realtek and 3D TLC flash from Micron.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
The ADATA SE800 is an NVMe based external SSD, which means it offers much better performance than earlier external storage. In our testing we saw speeds of up to 1 GB/s, which, paired with the 1 TB capacity on the SE800, makes it an excellent choice if you want to move a lot of data around.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
Crucial's X8 portable SSD offers amazing performance with up to 1 GB/s transfer rates. Internally, this is a real M.2 NVMe SSD similar to the Crucial P1. Priced at only $130 for the reviewed 1 TB variant, the X8 is very affordable, cheaper than buying the SSD and enclosure separately.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
What do you do when you need portable storage that absolutely has to be encrypted and certified to various degrees? We take a close look at various options from multiple vendors to compare form factor, usability, performance, and encryption features alike.
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Author:VSG
In:Portable Storage
Thunderbolt may not be a very wide-spread interface in the Windows domain, but nearly every modern Apple notebook or desktop features such a connector. Silicon Power aims to leverage this high-speed interface with the Thunder T11 series, offering 120 GB or 240 GB capacities for less than a Lacie or OWC alternative.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Portable Storage
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