Price (RRP): $from 259
The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD may well be the fastest USB-C portable SSD we have ever tested. It reaches up to 1000MBps – more than double its SATA 6 Extreme portable sibling.
Now the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD reaches such speeds due to two things. First, the internal ‘flash’ is NVMe SSD quality and second, it needs a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 interface (10Gbps) to achieve it.
So, there is only one word to describe the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD – spectacular!
SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD
It is a nice and small drive – 110.26mm x 57.34mm x 10.22mm made of ruggedised aluminium with a silicon rubber coating. It is IP55 rated, which means dust and detritus won’t stop it and water jets won’t harm it – no, it cannot swim. It can withstand up to 1500G (2m drops) and vibrations.
It has an inbuilt carabiner lanyard hole.
It comes in 500GB, 1 and 2TB sizes and works with Mac and PC. 128-bit AES Software encryption for PC and Mac via SanDisk SecureAccess software is available.
As mentioned, you need a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 or Thunderbolt 3 device like our Lenovo C930 (2019) to get the best speed. You can use a USB-A to USB-C cable (3.1 Gen 1 5Gbps) but the results will be more like a SATA 6 drive.
If you can achieve that speed then you can edit, render and save video and stills directly on the drive.
Price (From JB Hi-Fi)
- 500GB $259
- 1TB $439
- 2TB TBA
GadgetGuy’s take – SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD – zoom, zoom, zoom
This is fast, blazingly fast and will backup 1000MB (1GB) in a second!
The only thing to beat this is the pure Thunderbolt 3 Samsung X5 – nearly three times as fast! But you can only use it on Thunderbolt 3 devices, and it costs about twice as much!
So if you have been struggling with flash or hard disk backup that may be lucky to achieve 30% of the Sandisk speed, then this is for you.