The T7 Shield is the latest, fastest version of Samsung's top-of-the-line portable SSD. It forgoes the fingerprint scanner of the Touch in favor of a toughened outer skin for better survivability in rough environs.
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The PNY CS2140 performs like a mid-tier drive, but it's available for lowball prices
Sabrent's Rocket 4 Plus lives up to its name, delivering near top-tier performance at a mid-range price. The 2TB version outperformed the pricier Samsung 980 Pro.
While not one of the fastest PCIe 4 NVMe drive in benchmarks, the Atom 50 scored big time in our real life transfers. The drive is PS5 compatible, but uses HMB which isn't supported by the PS5, so performance may not match our numbers.
When you don't need SSD performance, the SanDisk Professional G-Drive USB Hard Drive offers style, toughness, and affordable capacity.
The Sabrent Rocket 4 is well behind the PCIe 4 curve in synthetic benchmarks, but delivers good real world performance. It's a good cheaper option for your PC or PS5.
Sabrent's XTRM-Q Thunderbolt 3 drive sports two 8TB NVMe SSDs that can be combined (striped) for speed, or mirrored for redundancy. But it's over-priced at $3300, uses software RAID, and performance on the Mac slowed under load
This 10Gbps USB SSD is a looker with exceptional performance and an IP67 rating. It's also relatively affordable.
The Silicon Power XD80 delivers a lot of bang for the buck, though capacities other than 1TB are currently in short supply.
While only an average performer among 10Gbps USB drives, the LaCie Portable SSD's unique and attractive design, as well as its svelte form factor make it one of our favorites
PNY's LX3030 PCIe 3 drive sustains long writes with the top performers and is rated for a staggering 27,000TBW per TB of capacity—many times what's offered by the average NAND SSD.
Adata's follow-on to the S70, the XPG Gammix S70 Blade replaces the older model's 96-layer TLC NAND with 176-layer NAND. It's a worthy competitor to the Samsung 980 Pro, and compatible with the PlayStation 5.
Crucial's P5 Plus NVMe SSD, the follow-on to the company's affordable and speedy P5, is faster and supports the latest PCIe 4 standard. But it's also going head to head with Samsung's 980 Pro price-wise.
The water-resistant Envoy Pro SX Thunderbolt SSD is just as fast as its USB/Thunderbolt sibling, but it's only $20 less.
The Seagate FireCuda 530 NVMe SSD broke all our performance records over both PCIe 3 and PCIe 4. It's pricey, but worth it for those with the need for speed.
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The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working.
Aruba backs the AP11D up with a two-year warranty and 24/7 phone support.
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