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ADATA SE730 External SSD Review (250GB) – USB Type-C

Without a doubt this is the year of portable storage.  Through advances in NAND flash memory, we have seen the footprint of all storage devices shrink considerably, and if they haven’t, their capacity has increased significantly.  Take a look at Samsung’s latest 960 Pro M.2 2TB SSD we recently reviewed for example.  This little baby can store 34,000 hrs of music or 620,000 photographs…and it is the size of a stick of gum.

ADATA SE730 USB Type-C External SSD

The same can be said of portable storage, and where just yesterday larger external hard drives were the norm, today we have pocket SSDs that have amazing capacity, and are about the size of an open SD card case.  Our report today examines the ADATA SE730 480GB USB Type-C SSD and it fits that description perfectly, adding value and a durability to its credit.

ADATA SE730 External SSD USB Type-C Connector

The ADATA SE730 external SSD is available in a 250GB capacity and is constructed of a rugged gold brushed aluminum with black plastic end caps. Because of its construction, it is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof to MIL-STD-810G 516.6 standard.  It contains a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface with a cable that attaches to the PC via a regular USB adapter.  ADATA has listed its performance as up to 500MB/s, it has a 3-year standard warranty and can be found at Amazon for $120.

ADATA SE730 250GB SSD in hand

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER. 7.04

Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, to the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.

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In examining this Crystal Disk Info chart, we could validate that the SSD was functioning in UASP mode, however, we were a bit surprised that it didn’t contain any size characteristics with respect to the drives use.  It was also comforting knowing that TRIM was indeed operational.

  • Petr B?lousov

    I wonder about the possibility of using this with a USB C equipped smartphone as USB-OTG… Would it run off a phone? It really is a strangely small capacity for a full fledged external SSD

    • If I had the cable, I would try it…

    • ?????????

      Most of the smartphones have usb 2.0 type-c port.

      • They have the port but do not have a type-c to type-c cable. It always falls back to regular USB

      • ?????????

        You can buy standart usb-c to usb-c cable, main problem usb 2.0 (read/write speed 40Mb/s).

      • Patrik Szeder

        My Huawei P9 can do 3.0 with OTG, but not when connected to a computer. With a good OTG cable and a Kingston MobileLite G4 card reader it can read sd cards with speeds over 80MB/s. But I don’t have faster devices, so I don’t know the limit of the phone.

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