It’s 2021. The SSD vs HDD debate is almost a no-contest now. By now you’ve figured that you need a SSD (Solid state drive) if fast transfer speeds are your thing. It’s what you’re going to need for those ‘live’ files that don’t have enough space to reside in your smartphone or tab or laptop. You’ve probably got those other files like back-ups and stuff you don’t need on a daily basis stashed away in less expensive HDD drives. If you’re already sold on an SSD device, Western Digital’s next-gen SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD makes a strong case.
The drop test. It’s the first thing we like to put all SSDs in our testing lab through. I loaded this device with a few files and then let it take a fall. It survived. This SSD is certified for 2-metres and withstood multiple tests. The design is unmistakably rugged; you get a rubberised finish with perforations on one side with an etched SanDisk logo on the same side. Its built with a forged aluminium body that’s covered with a rubberised coating. The retail package features two set of cables (USB-C to USB-C and USB-A to USB-C) aside from the SSD drive. It’s slim, it will slip into those tight jeans and is ultra-light, making it an easy travel companion. The groove on the top right corner allows you to hook up a key bunch.
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While SSDs are a pricier option (vis-à-vis HDDs), they deliver zippy transfer speeds. SanDisk claims speeds of up to 1050 MB/s. I was able to transfer a 9.5GB folder in about 60 seconds from my MacBook to this drive. Very impressive. The drive works seamlessly across platforms whether you’re using a MacBook or a PC or an Android Tab. You can keep content private with password protection.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro comes in a 1TB version (that we checked out) and a 2TB storage option. This is a solid option for first time SSD buyers seeking extra durability (the devices come with a 5-year limited option) and fast transfer speeds or pro users looking for additional storage. You can edit your files straight off the drive. If you don’t need 1TB and don’t want to spring Rs 19,999 for one of these drives, you could also consider the brand’s new Extreme Portable 500GB (Rs 7,999) version or SSD drives from brands like Samsung or MyPassport.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD comes in two storage options – 1TB/Rs 19,999 or 2TB/Rs 34,999
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