It seems that consumers simply can’t get enough of portable SSDs. For the most part, they all seem to be pocket sized these days, range anywhere from 512GB to 8TB, and can have speeds from SATA 3 at just above 500MB/s all the way to ThunderBolt 3 which can pull in data as fast as 2.8GB/s. Price is key with what you are looking for, just as much as matching the portable you buy with the task at hand. On our test bench today is the Lexar SL200 1TB 5Gbps Portable SSD which will reach speeds in the area of 550MB/s.
The SL200 is very small and light, measuring a mere 86mm x 60mm and weighs only 40 grams.
It is available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB and 2TB and has 256-bit AES encryption, along with Lexar Datasafe software on board ready to secure your data.
The SL200 is rated at 550MB/s read and 400MB/s write and packaging includes a USB Type-C to Type-C cable, a USB Type-C to USB 3.1 type A cable, as well as operating and warranty instructions.
Checking Amazon, we can see pricing at $95 for the 512GB size and $168 for the 1TB capacity which is a bit high right now but let’s see how things turn out when the dust settles.
ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.
Thanks for the heads up Les. As always, a thorough quality report.
pocket size ? Lol, far too big for me. I bought an empty USB stick in the format factor 2280 with 10GBit/s. Together with an A2000 M.2 SSD from Kingston with 1TB. Costs significantly less and is faster. You can upgrade later with 8TB or more.