Apparently, one of the main downsides of the latest 2016 Macbook Pro is the lack of standard USB, HDMI, and Thunderbolt ports. As opposed to the legacy ports, the latest USB-C interface with Thunderbolt 3 capabilities offers much higher data throughput and flexibility, but it’s still a serious pain regarding usability for most creative professionals working with the latest Macbook Pro.
If you are not a big fan of using dongles and adapters for your old peripherals, here are some of the most reliable external hard drives with USB-C technology that you can currently get for your video editing workflow on the go. Being professional creative and 2016 Macbook Pro owner himself, Jack Junior takes a look at the build quality, design, and performance of four different drives that according to him fit the bill and deserve consideration.
Of course, the main feature all those drives have in common is that they all sports USB-C port and are also bus powered thus eliminating the necessity of using an external power adapter. The first drive on Junior’s list is the 1TB G-Drive Mobile. The unit boasts a sleek aluminum case, USB 3.0 connectivity with USB 2.0 backward compatibility and transfer rates up to 136MB/sec. The drive is factory formatted with HFS+ with Journaling right out of the box, and it’s overall an excellent all-around performer.
The LaCie 2TB Rugged Thunderbolt Mobile HDD, on the other hand, offers identical data transfer rates like the G-Drive Mobile and it also comes equipped with a USB 3.0 port designed to connect the drive to a variety of Windows and Mac computer configurations. Unlike the G-Drive rival, however, the drive provides strong shock, dust, and water resistance for all-terrain use and also comes in different capacities up to 4GB.
If you are looking for exceptional speed performance and reliability, then the obvious choice for you is the Samsung T3 SSD external drive. With its reduced size form factor, the portable solid state drive by Samsung boasts super-fast read/write speeds of up to 450 MB/s. What’s more, the drive supports the Android OS allowing you to transfer files between the drive and Android-based smartphones or tablets. In addition, the T3 features a shock resistant housing and as well as enhanced 256-bit AES hardware encryption. Currently, the Samsung T3 comes in 256GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB versions.
Last but not least, comes the Seagate 8TB Innov8 USB 3.1 Type-C External Hard Drive. What makes this drive unique is the ability to store huge chunks of data up to massive 8TB while still being a bus-powered only through the available USB 3.1 port due to the proprietary Seagate Ignition Boost technology on board. The Innov8’s all-aluminum enclosure is sturdy and well-balanced, even though the form factor of the drive is significantly larger in comparison to the other competitors included in the list. So, if you need the maximum capacity, the Seagate 8TB Innov8 USB 3.1 Type-C External Hard Drive is certainly the go-to choice.
[source: Jack Junior]
- G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mobile USB Portable Hard Drive (7200 RPM) (B&H, Amazon)
- LaCie 2TB Rugged Thunderbolt Mobile HDD (B&H, Amazon)
- Samsung 1TB T3 Portable Solid State Drive (B&H, Amazon)
- Seagate 8TB Innov8 (B&H, Amazon)
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