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 Marshall Gunnell

PNY 1TB PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

PNY’s 1TB PRO Elite USB 3.0, which was announced in mid-March, is a large capacity, high-performance USB flash drive. The PRO Elite USB 3.0 is an optimal solution for transferring, sharing, and storing large files, all the while sporting a nice design. Not only is it designed to be aesthetically pleasing – it was designed to be functional. The PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 utilizes the cap-less, metal sliding collar design. This successfully removes the chances of losing that annoying cap while still providing protection for the USB head.

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by Adam Armstrong

iStorage diskAshur2 SSD Review

The iStorage diskAshur2 is a portable SSD for those that need the highest security and performance. The drive uses a PIN authentication pad to unlock for use; users can select a 7-15 digit PIN. The drive also leverages real-time AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption for an extra layer of security. The drive comes in capacities as high as 4TB and multiple colors to fit a particular user's needs and style. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch Review

Seagate has released a new edition to its portable Backup Plus line, this time with the Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch. The drive leverages USB 3.0 but comes with a handy adaptor so it can be used with USB-C as well. The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch comes in both black and white and in either 1TB or 2TB capacities.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Mobile Drive Review

This year at CES, Seagate, and LaCie by extension, announced a new portable HDD, the LaCie Mobile Drive. This new external storage solution has a beautiful diamond cut covering. The LaCie Mobile Drive comes in capacities up to 5TB and leverages a USB-C interface. ‚Äč

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by Adam Armstrong

Plugable USBC-NVME USB 3.1 Gen 2 NVMe SSD Enclosure Review

While there are a ton of options when it comes to portable storage, there are very few when it comes to portable NVMe. Plugable is offering a good compromise that allows users to take full advantage of NVMe SSD in a portable manner and allows users to choose their drive. The able USBC-NVME Enclosure is small and stylish fitting various M.2 form factors and leverages USB Type C interface.

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by Adam Armstrong

Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3z Review

The Aegis Secure Key 3z is Apricorn’s newest and smallest, in terms of size not capacity, secure USB drive. The drive ranges in capacity from 8GB to 128GB. The 3z comes with 100% hardware-based 256-bit AES XTS encryption and an onboard keypad PIN authentication. The drive has a USB 3.1 interface, claims speeds as high as 190MB/s read and 80MB/s write, and works with just about any OS that possesses a USB port.

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by Marshall Gunnell

LaCie Portable SSD Review

The LaCie Portable SSD is a light, easy to carry drive with a sleek, modern design. This compact portable SSD features the latest USB-C connectivity with impressive quoted transfer rates. It also makes a fantastic travel companion, being only 82g and 9mm thick, and drop-resistant of up to 2 meters. The LaCie is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. 

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by Lyle Smith

HyperX SAVAGE EXO Portable SSD Review

The HyperX SAVAGE EXO Portable SSD is a incredibly compact external SSD drive that leverages 3D NAND technology. Though the EXO Portable can certainly be used for every day applications, it is marketed as as a fast and effective device to install games for the PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Fast SSD Review

The boldly-named Seagate Fast is company's latest portable SSD to hit the market. It features a unique design, the latest USB-C connectivity, and much faster transfer rates over tradition external hard disk drives as per the norm with SSD technology. The Fast allows users to sync their files via the bundled backup and folder mirroring software, which automatically monitors target folders for any new files, deletions or modifications so files will always be latest version. The Fast comes with a fully-reversible USB-C cable, eliminating the often-frustrating attempts to connect your USB device to your computer. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Portable SSD X5 Review

Samsung introduced what it is calling the first NVMe based portable SSD, the Samsung Portable SSD X5. Leveraging both NVMe and Thunderbolt 3 technology, the X5 is all about max performance. Samsung quotes speeds as high as 2.8GB/s read and 2.3GB/s write (2.1GB/s for the 500GB model). All this quoted performance is housed in a small, portable footprint and runs in capacities as high as 2TB.

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