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 casings. 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 if 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.
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 drives, 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.
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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