Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Crucial Drops a Big X8 Splash into the Portable SSD Pond

Crucial x8 with adapter
[/media-credit] The Crucial X8 comes in an eye-catching, rugged design.

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.

2 thoughts on “Crucial Drops a Big X8 Splash into the Portable SSD Pond”

  1. Hopefully it won’t have issues with sustained writes like all of the large USB drive keys do. The ones that brag about their speed are referring to their read speed. Most seem slow and the write speeds seem to fall off quickly as they get hot.


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