The volume of data generated today by any kind of entity (private user, professional, companies) is constantly increasing.

In addition, the importance of the data itself and its immediate usability has increased at the same time. The traditional home/office dynamic is increasingly disappearing.

That’s why it becomes essential to have fast access, everywhere, secure to your files: in an increasingly competitive market, it is not conceivable to give any kind of strategic advantage to your competitors.

If it is easy to imagine that a large company always has accessible storage, in addition to CRM and ERP, this reasoning is less applicable to reality such as the PMI or the freelancer.

There are also other reasons, which can lead the professional to choose to always have his/her own data, at least those so-called “core”: privacy and confidentiality on all.

The market, until not long ago, offered a selection of products essentially belonging to two distinct categories: USB pen drives, very portable but not large, or USB hard drives, with definitely large but less portable and fragile storage. To facilitate ergonomics, the current USB hard drives are almost all in 2.5″ format and with very small boxes; this involves at least two critical issues.

The first is the heat produced: a prolonged use of these drives, subjected to mechanical efforts and without adequate air exchange, impairs its functionality in the medium and long term. The second, of course, is the lack of protection in the event of a shock. An impact that is not particularly violent is unfortunately causing the loss of data contained in the hard drive.

The biggest news that has affected the storage industry in recent years is undoubtedly the SSD technology, Solid state disck, solid state disks. The performance jump was really relevant. From a few dozen megabytes per second (at best) we have in fact reached the more than 3000 of the most performing models.

The price dynamics followed a linear and preventable path: early adopters spent important figures, but today the cost of an SSD drive has dropped enough to be, in fact, the choice of election in many cases.

Analogous path is starting to outline in the external disks. Here again, the use of SSD drives instead of mechanical disks allows incomparable performance, and these drives are certainly less susceptible to the risks mentioned above. External SSDs meet many requirements that are otherwise impossible to meet: high performance, portability, lightness

The competitors in this rising (and promising) market are numerous. We have the contemporary presence, in fact, of both storage market actors, and companies more known for their production of memories.

In most cases, this type of drive uses USB-C ports with adapter for traditional USB 3.x ports; a solution that in fact allows the use of most users, both Windows users and OSX users.

Although fortunately not widely available, there are still external SSD discs on the market with USB 2.0 connection. These discs, certainly of previous generation (when not classic far east products, without brand) do not guarantee at all the performance that would be expected.

Having made these promises, we see together a selection of products that can meet our needs.

Historic name of the external storage sector, LaCie began its history in 1989, and was an independent company until 2014, the year it was acquired by Seagate. Although the transalpine company has not had the size of the industry’s maximum weights, it has been able to cut its space on the market, with reliable and performing products, with an eye to the Apple ecosystem.

LaCie offers three families of products suitable for our purpose, as well as rugged SSD discs. We offer you a family designed for both the Mac and PC worlds: it is LaCie Portable SSD.

The models are 500 Gbyte, 1 and 2 Tbyte, with prices starting from 125 euro. LaCie itself boasts wide compatibility, both in terms of operating system and hardware: in fact, reversible USB-C cable is provided for transfers with computers equipped with USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3 interface, and USB 3.0 to USB cable Performance reaches up to 540 Mbyte per second, in line with expectations for this type of device. However, Cie goes beyond technical data: it offers 3 years of guarantee (remember that VAT consignments do not enjoy the two years of European guarantee, which are the prerogative of private users only) and especially for the same period of time it offers, in case of loss of the data Wishing you never need it, it remains a plus that deserves to be mentioned.

The same offer of after-sales warranty and possible data recovery, also applies to Rugged USB-C, in 500 Gbyte or 1 Tbyte cuts. As intuitable, it is a rugged unit; in front of a slightly higher footprint, this peripheral offers IP54 certification for water and dust, and resistance to drops from 2 meters in height. Note on the margin, to underline the intrinsic robustness of the SSDs compared to hard drives, LaCie for the latter (always rugged) offers 1.4 meters warranty, much less than it offers for solid state disks.

The Korean giant, in its own vast product lineup, also has two families of external SSD drives. This is certainly not surprising, since Samsung has always been a pioneer in the SSD sector. Its internal SSDs are among the most appreciated by the market for the particularly high performances, compared to a cost that is still accessible; it is not by chance that they are practically always at the top of the sales charts, generation after generation. In this game, it is certainly a point in favor of the development and direct production of the chips themselves.

Samsung’s two proposals are well-known. The first, Portable SSD X5 Thunderbolt, consists of 3 models with 500 Gbyte, 1 and 2 Tbyte cuts. As you can see from the name itself, these are products that support Thunderbolt 3 that ensures the fastest bandwidth, up to 40 Gb/s. Please note: not all PCs and Macs with USB-C ports support this technology, Otherwise, you will have spent an additional important amount, but without enjoying performance benefits.

SSD X5 offers very high performance: 2800 Mbyte per second for reading, and 2300 for writing as peak values. They are the performances as well, the reason to be of this family, and in fact Samsung in the product page strongly highlights them. Samsung has also thought about preserving the data contained: the structure of this series is not equipped with movable parts, and is reinforced with a magnesium alloy able to withstand falls up to 2 meters; the warranty lasts 3 years. Inevitably, quality has a price, and in fact you get to pay 1000 euros for the 2 Tbyte model.

Samsung’s second proposal is Portable SSD T5. It is a mainstream family, with lower performance and prices than SSD X5. In fact, the entry level cut is 256 Gbyte, and the price of the 2 Tbyte unit does not exceed 400 euros as street price. SSD T5 offers performance that is adequate for the USB 3.1 Type-C interface, i.e. about 540 Mbyte per second as a maximum speed. For this line too, the Korean manufacturer has thought of resistance: the T5 is free of moving components and is composed of a metal body that protects it from falls from heights up to 2 meters, and as SSD X5 enjoys 3 years warranty.

Name among the most historic flash memories in the industry, and among the largest in the world, since 2016 is part of the Western Digital group, after a 19 billion dollar acquisition.

The great wealth of know-how acquired in the 31 years of history has certainly helped American society in its path with SSDs, and there are two families in the catalog.

The first is Extreme 900. Accredited of performance around 850 Mbytes per second, represented the summit of Sandisk’s offer in terms of speed. The 3 year warranty must be added, and the resistance to extreme temperatures and falls up to 800g. The cuts are 480 Gbyte, 960 Gbyte and 1.92 Tbyte; prices are between 250 and 600 euro.

The second family is Extreme Portable. For this family, Sandisk has thought of performances in the average (550 Mbytes per second) and cuts between 256 Mbytes and 2 Tbytes. The peculiarity is definitely the robustness: Extreme Portable is in fact certified IP55 rating, and has been designed to be used in different conditions; it is waterproof, resistant to dust and falls from 2 meters high. On the economic side, prices range between 125 and 500 euros.

The Taiwanese company, which has been active since 1988, is among the most well known in the field of flash storage thanks to a particularly rich range of products; it is in fact devoid of memory cards, USB sticks, computer and server memories. Of course, there could be no shortage of an offer in the field of external SSD drives.

Transcend has chosen to approach this market segment differently, and has focused decisively on product portability. In fact, external SSD discs like ESD250C are really small in size; little larger than a highlighter. This 960 Gbyte model still provides adequate nominal performance, 520 Mbyte per second thanks to the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface. Three years warranty, and street price of 250 euros. Another proposal from the most traditional form factor is ESD230C. In this case the services offered are similar to the previous model, as well as the guarantee. Change the price: the 960 Gbyte model costs 165 euros.

The Japanese company, which has been active since 1969, is a name that is certainly known to the general public, also because of its long tradition in the production of a varied range of products dedicated to storage, since the times of the floppy disks. Today Verbatim is part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings group, and its products are mainly aimed at the public; however, a model like SSD Store In this case we are talking about an external SSD, connected to USB 3.1 Gen 1, whose peculiarity is to have a digital keypad for access, with passwords up to 12 numbers. The price is 91 euros.

A second product of the Verbatim home that we recommend is Vx500 USB 3.1, with cuts of 120, 240 and 480 Gbyte. The really small dimensions (a little more than 9 centimeters in height) and the aluminum body made it a device that makes portability its main value. The nominal speed is 500 Mbyte per second, and prices are between 60 and 130 euros.

We could not miss the world’s largest hard drive manufacturer in our review. With a history beginning in 1970, American society has long been favored by a very large number of users, both private and large enterprises. And for every type of users, Western Digital has competitive and undoubtedly quality offers to list. As for portable devices, under the WD brand there are different families of external SSD discs.

My Passport Wireless SSD deserves mention not so much for performance, actually slightly below average (about 400 Mbyte per second declared) as for being equipped with SD card reader, 802.11ac wireless connection (more A number of features that can certainly be useful to a specific market niche.

Finally, My Passport SSD. The range includes 4 models, ranging from 256 Gbyte to 2 Tbyte, for prices ranging from 125 euros of the base model, to 570 of the 2 Tbyte unit. This is a more efficient solution, thanks to the USB Type-C and USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface. In fact, the declared speed is 540 Mbyte per second. My Passport SD was created to pass the 1.98 meter fall test,

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