REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The retail availability of a portable 1TB SSD alone would have wet the whistle of countless media professionals but Monster Digital has gone much further. The new Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 1TB External SSD is lighter, thinner and smaller than any smartphone we could find, has its own integrated USB 3.0 card and fits in your pocket without the need for any external power source or cabling whatsoever.
So… in our pocket, we can fit 1400 Divx movies (230 if they are DVD), 250000 songs, the complete hard drives of 6 typical 160GB notebooks or, if you really need to, 1000 romance novels. That is just an incredible volume and an extremely small form factor to accomplish that task.
Performance of the Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 is no less than the standard with 250MB/s read and 150MB/s write transfer speeds and not only do we see this mix in the OverDrive, but also, the same exact components (Marvell controller & Toshiba memory) were previously reviewed by us in two separate similar USB storage devices. The OverDrive 3.0 was intended to transfer large, highly incompressible files, such as movies, music and photographs back and forth and it definitely meets that need. Quite frankly, this is a stunning tech device in your hands.
Price is another very important factor as, not only are there no similar devices available at the retail level but also, anything even close to similar is way above the $1/GB price point. If we did consider the 1TB Kingston Data Traveler Flash Drive similar, it’s 512GB smaller capacity is going for just over $1000 and the 1TB capacity cannot be found anywhere, including at Kingston Technologies. Monster Digital has it the price point dead on for the OverDrive 3.0, even at the 1TB capacity.
At the end of the day, the Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 1TB USB 3.0 External SSD has earned our Editor’s Choice Award for capacity, price point, anticipated availability and build.