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The portable SSD market has been steadily expanding thanks to the increasing digital footprint of consumers. Technological advancements such as 3D NAND with high layer counts and the emergence of QLC have enabled SSD capacities to increase substantially over the last few years. And with those economies of scale kicking in, multiple vendors are finally able to offer consumer-focused flash-based storage devices in capacities up to 4TB. At the 2021 CES, Western Digital introduced 4TB variants of almost all their portable SSD families, including their flagship SanDisk Extreme PRO v2 and the WD_BLACK P50 lines. In March, Crucial updated its affordable X6 lineup to include a 4TB version. WD's flagships and Crucial's mainstream X6 offerings represent two ends of the pricing spectrum. At the same...

Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q USB / Thunderbolt 3 Dual Mode External SSD Review: Yin and Yang

The external storage market has shown renewed vigor in recent years, thanks in part to growth fueled by bus-powered flash-based storage solutions. The introduction of 3D NAND, coupled with...

14 by Ganesh T S on 12/14/2020

Western Digital Unveils USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD v2

The SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD released in 2019 has been one of the top performers in the external flash storage market segment. Putting a high-end WD Black SN750-class...

14 by Ganesh T S on 9/30/2020

Crucial Launches X6 Portable SSD, Updates X8 with 2TB Model: QLC Drives for the Budget-Conscious

Crucial introduced their first bus-powered direct-attached storage product last year - the X8 Portable SSD. The product put their P1 NVMe SSD behind an ASMedia bridge to offer read...

8 by Ganesh T S on 8/25/2020

Western Digital's USB 3.1 Gen 2 WD My Passport SSD Gets an NVMe Refresh

Western Digital's lineup of direct-attached storage (DAS) products targets a range of markets and form-factors. After the acquisition of HGST / G-Technology and SanDisk, the company now offers similar...

20 by Ganesh T S on 8/20/2020

USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSDs Roundup - Featuring the Samsung T7 Touch and the SanDisk Extreme Pro

External bus-powered storage devices have grown in storage capacity as well as speeds over the last decade. Palm-sized flash-based storage devices with a Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of...

38 by Ganesh T S on 1/23/2020

LaCie d2 Professional 10TB Direct-Attached Storage Capsule Review

Seagate has a number of direct-attached storage (DAS) products for content creators under the LaCie brand. The LaCie d2 Professional, introduced last year, is an external hard drive with...

14 by Ganesh T S on 4/29/2019

SanDisk's Mainstream Extreme PRO Portable SSD Goes NVMe

At CES 2019, Western Digital demonstrated a number of direct-attached flash solutions. Out of all the showcased items with imminent retail availability, one deserves separate mention. Under the SanDisk...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2019

MyDigitalSSD M2X M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure Review - A PCIe to USB Storage Bridge

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. USB has become the de-facto standard when it comes to external mass-market storage enclosures. But while...

39 by Ganesh T S on 10/31/2018

MyDigitalSSD Introduces M2X USB Enclosure For M.2 NVMe SSDs

MyDigitalSSD is now shipping one of the first USB enclosures for M.2 NVMe SSDs. The new M2X enclosure is based on the JMicron JMS583 USB 3.1 Gen 2 to...

17 by Billy Tallis on 9/18/2018

New $196 AOC Portable Type-C Monitor: 15.6-inch 1080p IPS, 1.71lbs

AOC has added another portable monitor to its lineup, this time powered by a USB Type-C connection. The 15.6-inch I1601FWUX has a Full-HD (1920x1080) resolution and is designed for...

12 by Joe Shields on 5/16/2018

HighPoint RocketStor RS6114V 4-Bay USB-C RAID Enclosure Review

Storage enclosures come in many varieties to target different market segments. They usually have one or more downstream SATA ports, with USB being a popular interface in the low-end...

9 by Ganesh T S on 10/19/2017

Samsung Portable SSD T5 Review: 64-Layer V-NAND Debuts in Retail

​Samsung has been an active participant in the high-performance external SSD market with their Portable SSD series. The T1 was introduced in early 2015, while the T3 came out...

38 by Ganesh T S on 8/15/2017

USB 3.2 Update to Bring 20 Gbps Bandwidth: USB 3.1 Type-C Cables Compulsory

The USB 3.0 Promoters Group announced an update to the existing USB 3.1 standard in order to double the maximum possible bandwidth from 10 Gbps to 20 Gbps. This...

31 by Ganesh T S on 7/26/2017

TerraMaster D2-310 Storage Enclosure (2x 2.5"/3.5" SATA to USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C) Mini-Review

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. On the external side, they usually have one or more downstream SATA ports. The most popular...

34 by Ganesh T S on 7/5/2017

CRU ToughTech Duo C Storage Enclosure (2x 2.5" to USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C) Review

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. On the external side, they usually have one or more downstream SATA ports. The most popular...

25 by Ganesh T S on 11/18/2016

Satechi and StarTech USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosures Review

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. On the external side, they usually have one or more downstream SATA ports. The most popular...

33 by Ganesh T S on 9/26/2016

Netac Z5 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review

The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology including planar 1x nm NAND, TLC, and 3D V-NAND. External high-speed interfaces such as USB 3.x have also...

22 by Ganesh T S on 8/9/2016

Seagate Innov8 8TB Bus-Powered External Hard Drive Review

Bus-powered storage devices have traditionally been limited by USB 2.0's power delivery specifications. The low power limit meant that only 2.5" drives (typically with a spindle speed of 5400 RPM...

41 by Ganesh T S on 5/19/2016

SanDisk Extreme 900 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review

SanDisk launched the Extreme 900 SSD at Computex 2015. The claim to fame was the availability of almost 2TB of flash in a bus-powered enclosure with a USB 3.1...

31 by Ganesh T S on 4/11/2016

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