Last week we saw the first review of the Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 512GB External SSD, only to be followed by a wicked review of the lightning fast Angelbird SSD2GO External SSD this past weekend. Today, the external SSD saga continues.
The Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 1TB Portable SSD that we are looking at today comes in as the largest portable SSD available for retail purchase with speeds up to 250MB/s…and it fits in your pocket.
If you are a media professional, portable storage is a necessity for both trade and travel, trade being occupation of course. The ideal solution is to have the highest capacity, and most powerful portable SSD, available to quickly transfer media to and from your PC or Mac while on-the-go. Our recent review of the Angelbird SSD2Go recognized it as the worlds most powerful portable SSD by a length but its capacity only stretches to 480GB in a single drive.
As well, a recent report of the Monster Digital 512GB External USB 3.0 SSD brought decent capacity and with it, a very compact form factor. As good as the performance of the Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 1TB external SSD we are reporting on today is, it wouldn’t be foolish enough to go head to head with SSD2Go for a second, just as the SSD2Go wouldn’t venture into the Monster Digital waters of capacity and form factor.
The Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 External SSD is available in capacities of 128, 256, 512GB presently with the 1TB version becoming available right about the time we publish this report. Performance is listed at 250MB/s read and 150MB/s write and the manufacturers website lists warranty as being 5 years, although packaging reflects 3 years. Perhaps the most unique feature of the Overdrive isn’t so much that it is 1TB as the fact that it is only 60mm x 126mm x 8mm and smaller than most cell/smart phones.
Pricing for the OverDrive is less than $1/GB at Amazon and the MSRP for our sample 1TB capacity is $1199 so we can guarantee you will see that below $1000 as well. We don’t think there is another external SSD in existence that reaches these price points.
The outer shell of the Monster Digital OverDrive 1TB external USB 3 SSD is of a stainless steel with laser branding. A definite plus for this unit is that it has an integrated 165mm USB3 cable with a magnetic catch. Very conceivable is the reality that we can now simply throw a 1TB capacity external device into our pocket.
Components consist of 16 pieces of Toshiba Toggle Mode NAND flash memory and each with a capacity of 32GB. The controller is the Phison PS2251 and coincidentally, we have recently seen the same controller memory in our recent Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review, as well as our Kingston Data Traveler 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review.