If you are currently in the market for a reliable and blazing fast external SSD for your creative workflow in the studio or on the go, then you might find the recently released Plugable Thunderbolt 3 External NVMe SSD to be an enticing option worth trying.
With its sleek aluminum design and Phison E12-based NVMe SSD inside, the unit offers creative professionals up to 2TB of extra storage alongside extremely fast read and write speeds of up to 2400 MB/sec and 1800 MB/sec respectively, all without the need for an external power connection.
All in all, the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 External NVMe SSD has a bit slimmer form factor than the OWC Envoy Pro EX (EV) which seems to be one of its main competitors in this price range. The Plugable drive is also slightly faster than its rival when tested in a real-world environment probably due to the more recent firmware version available on board.
Considering its weight of only 175g (6.2oz) while being half the size of an iPhone, the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 External SSD can be easily tucked in your pocket or bag without hassle. For further convenience, it comes with a carrying pouch that protects the drive and keeps your other devices safe from scratches while traveling.
Leveraging Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe technology on board, you can flawlessly playback, transfer, and edit high-res content directly from the drive itself with speeds 5x faster than SATA SSD technology. Just as a reference, you can transfer more than 13GB of data in less than 10 seconds using the available Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port.
Plugable Thunderbolt 3 External SSD Highlights
Sleek aluminum design
40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 technology
Up to 2400MB/s and 1800MB/s read and write speeds
480GB, 1TB, and 2TB versions
pre-formatted in exFAT
Lightweight and compact form factor
Weight: 175g (6.2oz)
Dimensions: 108mm x 65mm x 14.5mm
Starting at $199
Last but not least, the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 External NVMe SSD comes in 480GB, 1TB and 2TB versions starting at just $199 which seems to be more than a reasonable price considering the impressive performance and reliability the offering brings to the table. For more information regarding other Plugable products, head over to the company’s official website here.