A portable SSD has a number of benefits over a portable HDD, the biggest being that they’re much smaller and much faster. There are trade-offs like ultimate capacity and a generally higher price tag, but if you move a lot of data on the go then one of these is what you need.
OWC Envoy Pro Elektron
SanDisk Extreme USB drive
CalDigit Tuff Nano
If we had to choose …
When we’re choosing an internal SSD for a PC, there’s one brand we always go for, and the same can be said now for external ones, too. Samsung makes some of the best quality products on the market, and the tiny T7 is one excellent SSD. You get a range of sizes, even colors to choose from, it’s fast and reliable and doesn’t even cost that much. It’s a definite winner.
At the other end of the scale, Samsung is now pushing out Thunderbolt 3 drives with the performance that once was a fantasy for portable storage. They’re pricey and not everyone can even use them, but if you’re looking for the future, today, then it’s here with the X5.
SanDisk is also another trusted brand in storage, and the Extreme is particularly good if you’re outdoors a lot, say as a photographer or a drone operator, and need a storage solution that won’t let you down when the going gets tough.
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