Portable Storage Reviews
Portable storage reviews include HDDs and SSDs designed to be easily carried around as well as reviews of high performance USB flash drives. Portable drive reviews are generally about storage products that connect over USB or Thunderbolt, while providing client users with either high capacity or high speed portable storage options.
by Adam Armstrong

Seagate SSD For Xbox Review

One of the main drawbacks to the current generation of console gaming is that fact that the games are so large, capacity-wise, that they can easily fill up the consoles’ internal drives. Some games are as large as 120GB, and with all the add-ons and downloadable content (DLC) can push most games past the standard sizes. Gamers have the choice of buying consoles with larger internal drives but there is still a relatively small limit. Seagate has offered a solution with its Game Drive for Xbox with up to 4TB of additional space. Taking this to the next logical step, Seagate is now selling an SSD version of the its Drive which will lead to faster load times, transfer of data, and overall better performance one expects with SSDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lexar C1 microSD Reader & JumpDrive C20c Flash Drive Review

USB-C is a new interface that has the benefit of being omnidirectional (meaning it can face up or down and still work, just not sideways). On top of that several devices can be powered through the port including a new slew of notebooks, mostly from Apple. The biggest drawback has been lack of adoption and therefore lack of third parties making USB-C compatible devices. With the new release of Apple’s current generation MacBook Pro along with releases form Dell, Lenovo, and HP, USB-C is more prevalent and more devices are coming on the scene. Lexar has recently added a handful of USB-C devices including the Lexar C1 microSD Reader and Lexar JumpDrive C20c Flash Drive.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Passport Review

Along with the My Book update this week, WD has released a new version of the My Passport and My Passport for Mac, the company’s popular portable storage solution. This re-release is highlighted by a new modern design that features a textured underside and is available in six distinct colors: Black, Yellow, Red, White, Orange and Blue for the Passport PC version, and just Black for the My Passport for Mac.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Sony Professional RAID HDD (PSZ-RA4T) Review

Sony designed their line of Professional RAID HDDs to appeal to videographers in need of something that is sturdy, portable, and fast; the PSZ-RA4T addresses all of these criteria with its heavily padded enclosure, retractable handle, and Thunderbolt 2 compatibility. Sony reports that the PSZ-RA4T delivers 440MB/s, making it well suited for demanding 4K workflows. In addition to its USB 3.0, the PSZ-RA4T has two Thunderbolt 2 ports, allowing users to daisy chain up to six units together for stationary applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Passport Wireless Pro Review

Today Western Digital has released the latest version of its WD Passport Wireless. This Pro version comes with up to 50% more capacity of the previous version as well as the ability to take advantage of several new application capabilities that weren’t available at the time of the previous release. The WD Passport Wireless Pro comes with up to 3TB of capacity, both USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity, an SD card reader, WiFi connectivity and can even charge your mobile devices.

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by Chris Thomas

SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD Review (480GB)

Any photographer can tell you: when it comes to storage, speed is king. Bringing back the Extreme 500’s successful design, SanDisk updated its Extreme series portable solid-state drive with the new 510 model. Able to withstand far more physical abuse than a portable HDD, the Extreme 510 will appeal to photographers and videographers of all stripes. While this particular drive won’t be adequately suited to stand in for a larger-capacity external storage device for archival purposes, the 480GB storage and notably improved transfer speeds will be more than enough for just about any on-location professional shoot.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Review

Comprised of a variety of different sizes and designs, the Seagate Backup Plus family is the company’s line of portable storage solutions focused on capacity, performance, and portability. The Ultra Slim was announced in January of this year and touted as one the thinnest 2TB portable hard drives on the market. Using the company's latest 7mm 2.5” HDD technology, the Ultra Slim follows the Backup Plus Slim Drive, offering the same generous 2TB in storage capacity but in an even thinner form factor at just 9.6mm in overall thickness.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Porsche Design Mobile 2TB & 4TB Review

Announced back in January at CES, the LaCie Porsche Design mobile drives aim to deliver high capacity, in a beautifully small form factor. The mobile drives come in a smaller size (only 10mm thick) for the 1TB or 2TB, with the 4TB coming in twice as thick, 21mm, but still fairly compact. The drives sport the new USB-C interface that the next generation of computers will also have making it future ready. It also comes with an adaptor for older USB connections.

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by Tucker Mindrum

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Review

SanDisk designed the Extreme 500 to replace the functionality of a portable hard drive while providing enhanced transfer rates. The Extreme 500 is intended for photographers and videographers that need a fast portable drive that can tolerate heavy use and withstand more physical damage than a typical HDD. Users will be trading the superior capacity of an HDD for the speed and reliability of an SSD, with a maximum capacity of 480GB and top reported transfer rate of 430MB/s read.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review

Announced at CES 2016, the Samsung T3 Portable is the company’s newest external SSD offering, a market that has been surprisingly vacant despite the growing adoption of the solid-state technology. The T3 leverages Samsung's V-NAND technology and comes in a generous 2TB capacity (which is double the size of its ultra portable SSD T1 a year ago) to suit the needs of media professionals and enthusiasts who deal with a ton of storage.

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