It’s not often that we do product comparisons in an SSD review, but it just may be unavoidable in this case. The compared product is a Thunderbolt 3 SSD I have had in my pocket for a few years now. It is my go-to for portable storage and is perhaps the most perfect cut of a single piece of aluminum that I have ever seen. It is the Tekq Rapide Portable SSD. It was originally a 512GB SSD, but since, I have ripped it apart and it is now 2TB. To its left is the Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q 8TB Tbt3 Portable SSD, and to its right, the Rocket Nano USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps External SSD that we are reviewing today.
The single thing that all three of these SSD have in common is that each is constructed of a very solid aluminum casing and all have a great feel in your hand. They seem almost bulletproof. All three will get warm to the touch as well, simply because that aluminum exterior acts as a heatsink for the high data transfer speeds moving data to or from each device.
The Sabrent Rocket Nano takes things one step further though; it is small. Measuring only 2.7″ x 1.1″ x .5″ and weighing only 1.6oz, this portable SSD is one of the smallest and fastest found today. It is available in 512GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, is a USB 3,2 Gen 2 NVMe SSD and it will reach 10Gbps speeds up to 1GB/s read and write.
It is both Windows and Mac compatible, has a 1-year warranty, and inside you would find a form factor 2242 (42mm) M.2 SSD. with a Type-C connector on the bottom.
It’s packaging consists of the all-to-familiar exterior aluminum shell style casing, the Rocket Nano SSD itself and two cables, a USB Type-C to Type-C capable of data transfer up to 1GB/s read and write, as well as a Type-C to Type-A cable that will reach typical USB 3.1 speeds in the area of 540MB/s.
A quick look at our Crystal DiskInfo result shows that this SSD uses the UASP interface ( USB Attached SCSI Protocol) and is compliant with the NVMe 1.3 protocol.
Checking Amazon, we can see the Sabrent Rocket Nano priced at $99.99 (512GB), $169.99 (1TB) and our tested 2TB sample at $299.99. At the time of the review, we also noted Coupon discounts for immediate price reductions of $10 (512GB), $40 (1TB) and $60 (2TB). Let’s flip to the next screen to check out a few benchmarks…