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.
Crucial X8: A formidable contender
As the name suggests, the new device is SSD-based, meaning it houses a solid-state drive 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.
|Crucial X8 Portable SSD|
|Capacity||500GB / 1TB|
|Part Number||CT500X8SSD9 / CT1000X8SSD9|
|UPC||649528822406 / 649528822413|
|Memory Type||Micron 3D NAND|
|Dimensions||5.01 x 3.64 x 0.944 (127.5 x 92.5 x 24 mm)|
|Weight||5.22 oz (148 g)|
|Copy Speed||Up to 1050 MB/s|
|Interface||USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10Gb/s)|
|Backward Compatiblity||USB 3.2 Gen1 (formerly USB 3.0) (5Gb/s), USB 2.0|
|Non-operating Shock Resistance||Exposure up to 1500 G/s for 0.5ms|
|Drop Resistance||Up to 7.5 ft (2 m) on carpet surface|
|Power Usage||USB Bus Powered (minimum 5V 1.5A required)|
|Package Content||Crucial X8 Portable SSD, USB-C cable, USB-C to USB-A adapter, Quick-Start guide|
|Warranty||3-year limited warranty|
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.
Availability and pricing
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.