If you’re looking for a super-fast portable drive, there’s now a new and possibly excellent option. Crucial, the memory and storage brand of Micron, announced today its first mobile storage device, the Crucial X8 Portable SSD.
Update: The full review of the Crucial X8 is available here.
As the name suggests, the new device is SSD-based, meaning it houses a solid-state drive on the inside and not a hard drive. Even better, it’s one of a few that uses an M.2 NVMe internal drive, likely the Crucial P1, and not a standard 2.5-inch SSD.
Featuring USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps), the X8 is somewhat the USB-C counterpart of the Samsung X5, which only works with Thunderbolt 3. The drive does work with a Thunderbolt 3 port but at a slower speed compared to the Samsung.
Crucial says the new portable drive can deliver a copy speed of 1050 MB/s and is compatible with computers, tablets, smartphones, and game consoles. It’s also rugged, capable of surviving drops from up to 7.5 feet (2.3 m) on to a carpeted floor. The drive is also shock- and vibration-proof.
The Crucial X8 comes in two capacities of 500GB and 1TB and has the suggested price of $119.99 and $$189.99, respectively. You’ll be able to get your own on November 26.