Seagate Turns Portable Storage Cool with One Touch SSD

The Seagate One Touch SSD drives (first two) and One Touch SSD Special Edition drives.
[/media-credit] The Seagate One Touch SSD drives (first two) and One Touch SSD Special Edition drives.

The WD My Passport SSD just got some serious competitors. Seagate today announced an all-new ultra-portable SSD-based family of portable drives, the One Touch SSD.

A fashion statement

From the descriptions, all One Touch SSD drives are compact with stylish fabric-covered casing.  Seagate says the drives deliver “a cozy feel” when you hold one. The One Touch is available in black and white. If that’s too boring, there are also limited-run Special Edition drives that boast multiple camo patterns (red, green, blue and white).

You can easily tuck the compact drive away in a backpack or your pocket. But it also has a hook in case you want to attach it to your belt the way you do your keys. In this case, pick the SE pattern to show off your fashion statement.

Familiar features

On the inside, the new drive doesn’t have much new. It features USB 3.2 Gen 1 (formerly USB 3.0) to deliver up to 400 MB/s of copy speed. By the way, it has a regular micro-USB 3.2 port, instead of the new USB-C port, so it might not suit well your new Macbook. Like all portable drive, it’s bus-powered — there’s no separate power adapter.

Out of the box, the One Touch uses the exFAT file system to be compatible with both Windows and Mac platforms. It includes Seagate’s Toolkit software with Sync Plus — a continuous backup solution.

What’s more; each drive of the One Touch family includes a free two-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan and a one-year subscription to Mylio Create. As for support, Seagate backs it up with a three-year warranty.

So colorful, the One Touch SSD Special Edition can be a fashion statement.
[/media-credit] So colorful, the One Touch SSD Special Edition can be a fashion statement.

Availability and pricing

Slated to ship in October, the Seagate One Touch SSD will retail for $104.99 $84.99 (500GB) and $199.99 $164.99 (1TB). The One Touch Special Edition is only available in 500GB and will cost $109.99 $85.99.

Dong’s note: This post was updated on September 10, 2019, to reflect Seagate’s correct (and lower) pricing.

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