When it comes to portable storage, there are cheap solutions and there are some quite expensive ones. If speed and portability are important to you, then an SSD should definitely be on your radar.
With no small intricate moving parts, physically losing the whole thing is probably the biggest risk that you’ll face during ownership of a portable SSD. So if you’re always on the move and looking for an incredibly fast and durable storage solution, take a look at the next big thing – the SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD is the premium model of the updated performance-driven line, offering twice the speeds of the non-Pro version.
Leveraging the company’s in-house NVMe SSD technology via the USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 interface, the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD is ideal for photographers and videographers who need a device to seamlessly (and directly) edit their 4K projects.
It’s also meant for enthusiasts who want to fastest, highly-available technology, gamers who need speedy supplemental storage for next-gen gaming consoles, and even adventurers who need a reliable, rugged device that can survive most of the elements.
The Extreme PRO Portable SSD also works wonderfully as an expanded storage device for a light travel system such as a Microsoft Surface Pro, Macbook Air, or similar low-storage travel and work laptops.
It’s also quick enough to run Lightroom catalogues directly from it or using it to source files from in Luminar 4 without suffering massive performance losses (experience paired with my laptop).
Powered by a WD Black SN750, SanDisk’s Extreme Pro has some high-speed NVMe goodness within. The 1TB WD SN750 has a direct-to-TLC write speed that saturates the 10 Gbps interface, so there is no write cache degradation to deal with like on competing products. This enables the Extreme Pro to perform exactly as it is rated for the entirety of its capacity.
The design of the Extreme Pro Portable SSD remains largely unchanged. It’s got a sturdy, rubberised body that makes it easy to grip, and an aluminium body with a loop at the top to secure it via a carrying clip. The drive is IP-55 water and dust resistant, so for those who need to copy data quickly during photo shoots or filming, this drive is more than capable of standing up to wear and tear. The one thing you’ll need to be careful about is the USB-C port at the bottom.
- Available capacities: 1TB, 2TB, 4TB
- Dimensions: 10 x 57 x 110mm
- Operating temperature: 0°C to 45°C
- Storage temperature: –20°C to 85°C
- Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 2×2