With a price of $1379 for my test unit, I don’t need to be clairvoyant to assume you’ll be one of the not so many who process large files on a high-end workstation like the iMac Pro or Mac Pro. Such an assumption could be wrong, though, because the throughput figures — as impressive as they are — don’t tell the whole story.
The Solo Hawk is an external SSD that is a bit more rugged, a bit bigger and heavier than most of the competition’s products. It’s crushproof, waterproof, chemicals proof and more.
Plugable, a developer of USB, Thunderbolt, Bluetooth and power-related devices, islaunching the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe External SSD, a solid state drive that offers creators up to 1 TB or 2TB of storage and speeds of up to 2800 MB/sec read and 1800 MB/sec write, all without the need for an external power connection. The 1TB model will be yours for $299 and the 2TB model for $499, the company says.
CalDigit released what must be the smallest mobile NVMe SSD currently available. The 74 grammes CalDigit Tuff Nano has a capacity of 512GB (soon also available in a 1TB version). The Tuff Nano is slightly bigger than two CompactFlash cards laid next to each other and slightly thicker than two of them stapled on top of each other. It comes with two cables in a sturdy plastic storage box.
From the day I owned a computer, I’ve always wanted to check my disk drives’ health on a regular basis and a few decades ago that became possible thanks to S.M.A.R.T., a self-monitoring system built into all hard disks and SSDs that is supposed to enable an app like Disk Utility on a Mac to warn you when a drive is near-dead. That’s where Drive Dx comes in.
The newest SSD Crucial recently released has Micron’s new 64-layer NAND memory and is the first high-speed SSD to leave the factory since the Lexar brand was sold. The MX500, as it’s called, is in some tests the fastest SSD currently available. It’s so fast that it suffers from the performance limitations of its form factor, which is a 2.5in SATA disk.
I tested a 480GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD with an Atomos Shogun Flame as well as with an iMac. The Mercury Extreme Pro 6G has been certified for use in Blackmagic Design equipment and has a maximum read speed of 559MB/s and write speed of 527MB/s. My own tests revealed slightly lower, although pretty impressive figures.