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Silicon Power PC60 Review: A Featherlight and Speedy Portable SSD

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The Silicon Power PC60 is not a novelty, yet it manages to be somewhat of a one-of-a-kind storage device. The new portable solid-state drive (SSD) is super-light, ultra-compact, and delivered excellent performance in testing, though not the fastest I’ve seen.

Available soon in capacities ranging from 240 GB to 960 GB (with a 1.96 TB version coming out later this year), the Silicon Power PC60 is an exciting new option for those wanting to pack light and still can carry a lot of data on the go.

Silicon Power PC60
The Silicon Power PC60 Portable SSD includes a USB-A to USB-C cable.

Silicon Power PC60: The lightest portable SSD to date

The PC60 portable SSD is not the smallest portable drive I’ve seen — it’s a little square that measures 3.15-inch (80 mm) wide and .44-inch (11.2 mm) thick.

However, tipping the scale at just 1.5 ounces (46 g), it sure is the lightest, almost as light as the iStorage datAshur PRO2, which is a thumb drive.

Key-fob-ready, USB-C-support, rugged design

The portable drive is so light you can even consider it to be an earring. And it’s ready — there’s a keyhole at a corner, so all you need is a loop. But you can also hook it to a key fob or use it as a pendant. The point is it’s super portable.

You will need to carry a cable separately, though. The drive has a USB-C port and includes a standard USB-A to USB-C cable. For a computer that only has USB-C ports, you’ll need a USB-C cable yourself.

The PC60 comes in an all-black design. Its hardened plastic chassis feels solid and sturdy. Silicon Power says the drive is shock-resistant and can handle “minor drops and bumps.” I dropped it a few times on a carpeted floor, and it was working fine afterward.

Silicon Power PC60’s detail photos

SP PC60
The Silicon Power PC60’s retail box

SP PC60 Top Flat
Out of the box, the Silicon Power PC60 sports a hardened textured plastic chassis.

SP PC60 Scale
The Silicon Power PC60 is the lightest portable SSD to date.

SP PC60 Port
The Silicon Power PC60 uses a USB-C port to connect to a host.

SP PC60 Top
The drive includes a standard USB-A to USB-C cable.

SP PC60 Bottom Flat
Despite the compact physical size, the Silicon Power PC60 delivers up to 1.96 TB of storage space.

FAT32 stock file system

Out of the box, the PC60 is preformatted using FAT32. This allows it to work everywhere, from Windows, Mac computers to android devices.

Note, though, that FAT32 cannot hold files larger than 4GB. So if you don’t intend to use it with your phone, it’s a better idea to reformat it into a more capable file system, such as exFAT or NTFS.

The reformatting took just a few seconds in my trial.

Silicon Power PC60: Hardware specifications

Full NameSilicon Power PC60 Portable SSD
Capacity240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB
Flash Memory3D NAND Flash
InterfaceUSB 3.2 (Gen 2, 10Gbps) with backward compatibility
Dimensions3.15 x 3.15 x .44 inch (80 x 80 x 11.2 mm)
Weight1.5 ounces (46 grams)
Transfer Speed (up to)500 MB/s (write), 540 MB/s (read)
Hardware EncryptionNone
SoftwareSP Widget (Backup + Protection)
ColorsBlack
ConnectivityUSB-C
Cable IncludedOne USB type-C-to-A
Warranty3 years
Silicon Power PC60’s hardware specifications.

Terrible backup/protection software

The drive comes with a free downloadable software application called SP Widget. This is by far the worst piece of software I’ve seen.

SP Widget Software
The SP Widget software is by far the worst I’ve seen.

Indeed, SP Widget looks and feels like a high-school programming homework, and it functions like one.

Supposedly the software can backup your data and protect specific folders with “data encryption.” Neither worked in my tests. Most of the buttons would cause it to freeze.

You should skep this software entirely and opt for the built-in backup features of Windows 10 and macOS, which are File History and Time Machine, respectively.

And if you want to keep your data safe, you can use Windows 10’s built-in BitLocker.

Silicon Power PC60: Fast performance

For a drive that supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), the PC60 is not the fastest I’ve seen. But it proved to be a speedy storage device nonetheless.

SPPC60 Performance

I tested the drive using both USB 3.2 Gen 2, and USB 3.2. Gen 1 and performed close to what Silicon Power claims, with the sustained write speed ranging from 210 MB/s to 352 MB/s. In reading, the drive averaged around 450 MB/s in both standards.

I tried the PC60 out with USB 2.0, too, and it averaged around 40 MB/s like most other portable SSDs.

Fluctuating write performance with USB 3.2 Gen 1

It’s worth noting that while the Silicon Power PC60 was consistent in my read tests, its write performance fluctuated a great deal in certain situations.

SPC60Copy3.0
In extended write jobs, the Silicon Power PC60’s performance fluctuates a great deal via USB 3.2 Gen 1.

Specifically, via USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps), the performance varied significantly between as low as some 80 MB/s and as high as 380 MB/s. But the drive’s average speed was still quite fast in the end.

Silicon Power PC60 Portable SSD's Rating

8 out of 10
Silicon Power PC60 Portable SSD
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
7.5 out of 10

Pros

Super-compact, rugged, featherlight design,

Fast performance

High capacity

Key-fob-ready

Cons

Write speed fluctuates via USB 3.2 Gen 1

Horrible backup/data protection software

USB-C cable not included

Conclusion

The Silicon Power PC60 Portable SSD is not a must-have, but it has enough to appeal to anyone with the need for ample mobile storage space. If you travel a lot and want to bring a ton of data or content along with ease, this new portable drive sure is worth the consideration.

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5 thoughts on “Silicon Power PC60 Review: A Featherlight and Speedy Portable SSD”

  1. Yeah, that was really my point. The SSDs seem to work pretty well in the higher capacities for jobs like this and the USB flash drives don’t (in the higher storage capacities) but seem to be okay in the lower storage capacities.

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  2. > deprecable to normal USB3 flash fobs

    Try finding USB3 flash fobs in larger sizes like 512MB or 1GB that sustain fast write speeds for any length of time. These SSD devices should do exactly that; most USB 3 flash fobs in larger sizes quickly slow down to a crawl after they’ve filled their caches..

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  3. This is a long review for something deprecable to normal USB3 flash fobs, and despite my having permitted scripthosts for the site and the first raft of other script hosts in NoScript, I find a crepescular ton of cross site scripting has interceded BEFORE THE FIRST SIMPLE IMAGE OF THE PRODUCT OF CONCERN. Dong, you don’t know tech so much!

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    • Thanks for the input, Steve. Took me a few takes to understand what you meant. So, yes, you’re right, one can never know anything enough. πŸ™‚

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