VisionTek Products LLC, a leading producer of high-performance upgrades for PCs and Macs, is announcing its new VisionTek USB Pocket SSD series of thumb-drive sized solid state drives (SSDs). Featuring the speed, enhanced reliability and storage capacity rivaling factory-installed and aftermarket internal SSDs, VisionTek’s USB pocket SSD can be used with almost any Windows, MAC OS-X or Linux based operating system that offers a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 interface.
Since the advent of the USB 3.0 interface, millions of computers have been produced that feature it. This enables the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD to be plugged into virtually any computer anywhere in the world and utilize that computer’s USB bus power to store or share work files, images, music, movies and more. The VisionTek USB Pocket SSD is ideal for IT power users, performance enthusiasts and creative professionals seeking the ability to transfer large media and other files in an ultra-fast fashion.
According to Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President at VisionTek, “With our success in mSATA, notebook/ultrabook, and PCIe form factor SSDs, it made sense to explore innovative applications of flash memory storage performance. This new line of ultra-portable drives delivers among the highest levels of reliability and performance in an SSD, but adds an incomparable level of convenience. Imagine… over 400MB/s of reliable storage speed that can attach to a key ring and can provide a full Windows environment wherever you require it.”
Although it is sized similar to a standard thumb drive sporting a USB 3.0 connection, the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD sports an aircraft-grade aluminum housing containing a fully functional solid state drive. Beneath the housing is a high-performance LSI-SandForce SF-2281 controller that attains sequential read speeds of (up to) 455MB/s and sequential write speeds of (up to) 440MB/s – nearly double that of any other flash drive on the market. Random 4K read and write speeds are stated as (up to) 39,000 IOPS. Installing Windows 8/8.1 on the USB pocket SSD provides a bootable, fully functional Windows environment that creates an “office-on-the-go” solution.
Most of the popular tablet-style computers on the market today only offer a maximum of 64GB of internal storage. The VisionTek USB Pocket SSD can be used as a high-capacity external storage solution to increase available storage capacity by up to nearly 4 X. By downloading and installing Boot Camp drivers, you can create a dual-boot solution that allows you to boot a full Windows environment on a Mac device, and jump back and forth between operating systems, allowing you to have the best of both systems at your disposal.
VisionTek has priced the 120GB version of the USB Pocket SSD at an MSRP of $109.99, and the 240GB version at an MSRP of $174.99. They are available now from e-tailers such as Newegg, Tiger Direct, and Dell; as well as national distributors such as Ingram Micro and D&H. VisionTek is backing the USB Pocket SSD with a two-year warranty.