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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transcend combines AES encryption and one-touch backup functionality in the StoreJet 25A3, all while offering an excellent 3-year warranty. Will all this be enough to sway potential buyers to go for this 1TB drive?
The Rosewill RDEE-12002 combines USB 3.0 with the latest generation SATA interface. With easy access to the interior, solid use of aluminum, and the ability to hold even the tallest high-capacity drives, the list of specifications makes for an impressive read, but will it perform?
The Silicon Power Diamond D05 aims to combine the stylish look and feel of brushed Aluminum with a good price/performance ratio. We take a look a the unit to see if all that shines is golden, or if the D05 is just a dull performer.
The Superior SH14 drive from ADATA offers two fairly unique attributes: shock resistance and water resistance. We take the drive for a spin and torture it to see if we can break it.
While USB 3.0 equipped external hard drives are a dime a dozen, the Verbatim Store'n'Go for Mac adds Firewire 800 to the mix. This makes the external drive rather unique and offers a noticeable price advantage when compared to the likes of LaCie or Freecom variants.
The Silicon Power Stream S10 does not only look sleek, but also ships in two metallic color choices. On top of that the 750GB external hard drive offers very good performance and a great set of accessories. We take the drive for a spin and rip it apart to see what makes it tick.
New USB 3.0 based external hard drives are popping up everywhere and ADATA has joined the fray with their Classic CH11 Series. It aims to offer the new interface with capacities of up to 1 TB at an affordable price point.
Verbatim has taken their affordable Store'n'Go hard drive line-up and now offers it with the newest USB 3.0 interface. Even so the drive still aims to be affordable while offering the level of performance one would expect from the new connection method.
There are plenty of docking stations out there. You can find them for one drive or for two, with card readers or USB ports. The Zalman MH200 U3 goes another direction: RAID. We push the unit to its limit to see if such a feature in a dual hard drive dock makes sense or makes us wonder why.
USB 3.0 enclosures seem to become more affordable by the minute and the noir S combines a stylish brushed Aluminum shell with the new, speedy interface. We take the unit apart and give it a run for its money to see how the no-frills USB 3.0 enclosure performs.
There are literally thousands of choices out there when buying a pre-configured external hard drive. With many factors to account for, like warranty duration, price, looks, size or performance, the choice is hard. We take a look at the Verbatim Store'n'Go 320GB which is available in loads of different colors, to see if it delivers on all of these aspects.
The Akasa Baymaster combines a 2.5 inch hot-swap bay with an array of slots for different memory cards - all in a very compact 3.5 inch drive bay. You even get two different colored front, so that the affordable device looks good in every case.
Vantec has updated their sleek looking NexStar Hard Drive dock with the newest generation Universal Serial Bus interface - USB 3.0. Even though the exterior did not change, the interior manages to impress no matter if you are using USB 3.0 or 2.0.
Vantec has taken their NexStar 2.5" enclosure and upgraded the interface to USB 3.0 while keeping the looks identical. We take it for a speed to see if it makes sense for the small form factor.
Rosewill is jumping on the USB 3.0 bandwagon with full force, offing not only enclosures but also host cards. We take their RX358 3.5 inch enclosure for a ride using their RC-505 USB 3.0 controller - a combination that manages to impress.
The ICY DOCK EZ-DOCK combines the functionality of a traditional hard drive dock with the flexibility of transporting it anywhere with ease. We take it for a test drive to see if it manages to add speed into the mix or leave us eying one of those boring black docks instead.
USB 3.0 has slowly been gaining market share over the last months. Vantec is one of the first companies to offer a USB 3.0 compatible external 3.5" enclosure. We take the NexStar 3 for a spin to see if the USB 3 promise holds up to the test.