The Minix Neo Storage S2 is a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 dongle with 240GB SATA6 SSD. It also has two USB-A 3.0 ports and a USB-C 3.1 for upstream charging power. It is the perfect accompaniment to a Mac or PC – don’t let the Apple-centric packaging confuse you.
Before you say there are many USB-C dongles, there are very few that combine SSD and can get sequential read/write speeds of 460/420MBps from a SATA 6 (6Gbps/750MBps) over USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps (1250MBps) interface.
USB-C downstream port (connect to Mac or PC, Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps)
115.0 x 43.5 x 11.0mm x 70g
* USB-A 3.0 devices are not PD (variable voltage/amperage) compatible. When a USB 3.0 device is connected, these ports output a total of 5V/1A if downstream bus-powered and 5V/2A if upstream powered. The Dongle will limit output power to 5V/900mA or charge at 5V/500mA.
We copied 40GB to the drive – it took under 3 minutes or about 220MBps per second. After it organised the data transfer, it sat rock solid on 270MBps, showing that the SSD has a high-speed memory cache. Other test included [email protected], USB-A 3.0 voltage 5V/1A, and upstream power to 60W (all pass).
We tested with
HP 2020 Spectre Thunderbolt 3 – PASS
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 – PASS
Microsoft Surface Go USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 – PASS
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 – PASS (this means its supports screen mirroring on any smartphone that has UBB-C Alt DP support (not iPad)
Minix Neo Storage S2 is a perfect example of convergence. It is a brand you may not know, but it is worth looking for. Performance is top rate and build quality is excellent. Now Aussie company Canohm is distributing them expect to see more Minix products. We will rate it as a relatively unique SSD and a multiport hub with a 60W power passthrough.
Minix Neo Storage S2
Minix Neo Storage S2 is a perfect example of convergence.
Value for money
Ease of use
Sturdy metal case
Compact size basic hub
Convergence – SSD and Hub
None really but works best/fastest with USB-C 3.1/2 Gen 2 devices