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 Lyle Smith

LaCie Fuel Review

The LaCie Fuel is the company's first mobile, wireless hard drive and is also the first product collaboration between Seagate and LaCie since Seagate acquired LaCie last year. Wireless drives--those that generate their own Wi-Fi networks so users can stream content to Macs or iOS devices--have been around for a little while now. Seagate's own Wireless Plus has seen two generations in this space. LaCie, as they are oft to do, has taken this concept a bit further by taking the design forward and making Apple-centric enhancements. 

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 2TB Review

The LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt is designed to give consumers the ultimate physical protection of their data against all kinds of threats. Not only is the Rugged beast of a device, it is arguably is one of the more affordable drives of its class and even includes a standard USB 3.0 cable as well as a Thunderbolt cable. The Rugged USB 3.0 2TB is also currently the highest capacity bus–powered storage solution on the market that uses Thunderbolt technology; the single connected cable can draw enough juice to power the drive from the host computer. The new 2TB model is essentially the same as its lower-capacity brethren performance-wise, quoting speeds of 110MB/s, while LaCie offers SSD models for those who need a higher transfer rate.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile with Thunderbolt Review

The HGST G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 is a stylish, easily portable, and durable 1TB portable hard drive. The G-DRIVE mobile is small enough to take just about anywhere and it is bus powered with no need to pack an AC adapter. The aluminum finish makes it look like a perfect match up next to the newer MacBooks. The G-DRIVE mobile is formatted for Macintosh and Time Machine compatible but can easily be reformatted for PC.

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston Secure USB Flash Drives with ESET USB 3.0 Review

Kingston Secure USB Flash Drives with ESET are now available in USB 3.0 with their Digital DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 (DTVP) secure USB Flash drives, as well as the DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 Anti-Virus, which helps enterprises safeguard business data and set security policies for end-users. This is the next iteration of products based on the partnership between Kingston, ESET, and ClevX back in late 2012 and is the first hardware-encrypted secure USB Flash drive with USB 3.0 performance to hit the market.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba TransMemory USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

The Toshiba TransMemory USB 3.0 flash drive is built for mainstream consumers looking for an affordable solidly built portable drive with reasonable transfer speeds. This Toshiba USB drive is their smallest USB offering and is not positioned as a performance drive but rather as a progressively faster drive than those based on USB 2.0 -- Toshiba quotes speeds at 70MB/s read and 10MB/s write.

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by Lyle Smith

Patriot Supersonic Boost XT Review

The Patriot Supersonic Boost XT is an ultra-durable rubberized USB flash drive with water-resistant housing that is designed for users who want a mobile storage device that can withstand the elements. It's roughly one and a half times the width of a standard stick, which includes a detachable cap and a red activity light, but doesn't get in the way of other ports when you plug it in. Though it is Patriot's most durable USB product, the Supersonic Boost XT is their most basic USB 3.0 drive in the performance column. The Patriot Supersonic Boost XT ships in a plethora of capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

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by Alexandra Haskell

Patriot Supersonic Rage XT Review

The Patriot Supersonic Rage XT is the answer for consumers looking for an affordable, stylish flash drive with the efficient transfer speeds of USB 3.0. It's a compact flash drive with a rubberized casing, giving it a durability factor for users that are tough on their products. The jolting bright blue on black adds some excitement to the rugged and edgy design. Even though it carries the affordable tag, the drive still posts impressive performance capabilities, Patriot claims read and write speeds of up to 180MB/s and 50MB/s respectively.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Porsche Design USB Key Review

The LaCie Porsche Design USB Key is made for consumers who love great industrial design and also need something for compact portable storage. It is constructed with solid steel and is one of the smallest thumb drives on the market; however, despite its slim size, its solid single-piece design is built like a rock. To further add to its durability, the connector is recessed slightly in order to protect itself from physical damage. The LaCie drive also has 256-bit AES encryption to make data protection secure and gives users the ability to configure password-protected private folders on the USB flash drive. The Porsche Design USB Key comes in capacities of 16GB and 32GB.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

The SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive is a high-performance enthusiast-grade USB stick designed for the most demanding portable storage users. SanDisk specs the USB flash drive with impressive top-in-class read speeds up to 190MB/s and write speeds up to 170MB/s. With those numbers, users can transfer a 3GB file in 20 seconds or a 40GB file in four minutes. SanDisk's 128-bit AES encryption and exclusive SecureAccess Software, which come with the SanDisk Extreme, make data protection easy to setup and use for consumers. Users will also be able to configure password-protected private folders on their SanDisk USB flash drive. Additionally, SanDisk has implemented a more sturdy build, giving the flash drive a very comfortable and confident feel.

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by Josh Shaman

Patriot Supersonic Magnum USB Flash Drive Review

The Patriot Supersonic Magnum is the company's top performing USB flash drive that ranges in capacities from 64GB to 256GB and interfaces over USB 3.0. Patriot has rated the Supersonic Magnum's read throughput rates at 250MB/s, with write at 160MB/s. That performance is driven by the Supersonic Magnum's 8 channel NAND implementation. On top of these impressive performance and capacity specs, the Supersonic Magnum also features an aluminum enclosure to ensure that bumps and dings won't damage the flash drive or the data it holds. All of this comes at a fairly reasonable cost, as the flash drive's street pricing is close to the 1$/GB threshold.

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