India is becoming a digital economy, and that has created a rampant rise in the need for reliable storage devices. We all have been familiar with portable storage for quite a time now. But HDDs are slowly but rapidly being replaced by SSDs, as the norms of security and data transfer speeds are changing. People are opting for a sleeker design and blazing fast drives. Case in point, SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD (2021), which adds a fresh spin to the company’s compact storage solution is here on our desk. Now, here’s everything you need to know before you buy one.
Let’s kick things off by talking about the Extreme Portable SSD’s design. We already relate SanDisk’s products as something sleek and tiny, thanks to their reign in the SD/microSD card, and pen drive storage. The company’s SSD instills the same design essence, but with a more comfortable and convenient approach. I quite like this approach where the drive is the voice of any sharp corners, making it more pleasant to use and transport on a day-to-day basis.
The model sent to me has a silicone finish on one side, and a pattern finish on the other side. It’s unlike any SSD I have seen. The company has added stylish modern touches to its drive and also kept it sporty. I could easily cover this tiny drive in my palm, without as much feeling unconformable.
Now, before I wrap up this section. Allow me to give you a physical overview of the SSD, as well as its I/O. Firstly, the all-new Extreme Portable SSD measures 0.97 x 5.26 x 10.08 cm and weighs 49.9 g, making it compact enough to not take too much space in your backpack, The SSD features a single USB Type-C port, however, ships with a Type-C to Type-A adapter in the box, on the off chance you want to pair it to a machine with USB Type-A ports only.
This rugged drive is my new favourite storage solution, as far as comfort and convenience are concerned at this point in the review. Notably, it has an IP55 rating, and comes with up to two-meter drop protection, making it a godsend for anyone with a case of butterfingers.
Performance And Software Add-Ons
Of course, not all changes induced with the new SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD are cosmetic and the company has improved the performance of its latest SSD by quite a margin. All thanks to the NVMe protocol. The drive is available in four storage options, including 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and a 4TB SKU. Unsurprisingly, the drive faired well in our synaptic tests. Starting with Crystal Disk Mark, SanDisk’s Extreme Portable SSD plateaued at around 900MB/s for sequential read and write tests, which fall in line with the company’s advertised “Up to 1,000MB/s” claim.
Also, similarly, the unit performed adequately well in ATTO Disk Benchmark too, netting read and write speed north of 800MB/s. Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite test the drive’s potential in BlackMagic’s Disk Speed Test owning to the hardware limitations imposed by my first-generation MacBook Air. We’d also like to add that even during sustained workloads (migrating video footage over 70GB to and from the drive’s internal storage), the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD didn’t get too warm to the touch.
Bringing to your attention, the bundled utilities one gets should they opt for the SanDisk Extreme SSD includes 256-bit AES encryption. The software utility can be found in the root directory of the drive under the name of SanDisk Security. It’s available for both, the Mac and Windows. Needless to say, once installed, you can encrypt the SSD and keep your valuable data away from prying eyes. Pretty sophisticated stuff, because we all should care about our data.
So, is the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD worth it? Provided you don’t have budget constraints, since the Unit’s pricey. The SSD starts at Rs 7,999 for 500GB, however, the 1TB variant sent to me for review will set you back Rs 12,999. With the said, the pricing is quite competitive when pit against other NVMe-based storage solutions in the market. So, if you have a need for speed, SanDisk’s Extreme Portable SSD is undoubtedly a stellar option.