Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Extra Room Definitely Available: WD Adds 4TB to Flagship Portable SSDs

SanDisk Extreme Pro 4TB Portable Drive
The new 4TB version of the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD.

Suppose you have been holding up on getting one of those portable SSDs from Western Digital because it just doesn’t have enough storage, well, no more excuses. The storage vendors today announced at CES 2021 the 4TB versions across the board.

A fist full of terabytes

That’s right. Virtually all portable SSDs the storage vendor released in 2020 now get a 4GB version. That’s double their current top capacity. All of them are tiny devices to boot.

And despite the significantly increased storage space, their physical size remains the same. Take the 4TB version of the SanDisk Extreme Pro, for example. It has the same physical measurements as the 2TB version.

In storage devices, larger space is always better. But if you wonder if you ever need 4TB, and the answer is sure, why not? As the world is moving to 8K video and faster data transition speeds, such as those of 5G cellular and Wi-Fi 6 (especially with Wi-Fi 6E), the need for larger storage space only increases.

Also, 4TB of storage feels good in your palm, whether or not you have enough data to fill it at all. I speak from experience.

The new 4TB versions and their costs

Following is the list of four portable SSDS that gets the 4TB version. Note, though, that top capacity isn’t cheap, so if you still need an excuse, there’s that.


SanDisk Extreme Pro

SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD in Water

SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD

9

Performance

9.5/10

Features

8.5/10

Design and Setup

9.5/10

Value

8.5/10

Pros

  • Super-fast performance thanks to the combo of USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 and NVMe SSD
  • Compact, rugged and beautiful design
  • Excellent security feature with built-in hardware encryption
  • Android support

Cons

  • A bit expensive
  • Slightly bulkier than non-PRO model
  • Runs hot

The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD is the top-notch drive that houses an NVMe SSD on the inside to deliver up to 2000MB/s of copy speed. The 4TB version is slated to cost of $750.


SanDisk Extreme

SanDisk Extreme 2020 3

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

$169.99
8.9

Performance

8.5/10

Features

8.5/10

Design and Setup

9.5/10

Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • Fast NVMe-based performance
  • Compact, yet rugged and beautiful design
  • Excellent security feature with built-in hardware encryption
  • Android support

Cons

  • No support for USB 3.2 Gen 2x2
  • Runs a bit hot

The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is a lesser version of the Pro above. Still, it manages to deliver up to 1050MB/s in speeds. The new 4TB version carries an also new price tag of $700.


WD Black P50 Game Drive SSD

WD Black P50 Cables

WD Black P50 Game Drive SSD

7.9

Performance

9.0/10

Features

7.0/10

Design and Setup

8.5/10

Value

7.0/10

Pros

  • Super-fast NVMe-based performance
  • Compact, rugged design
  • Top USB specs with USB-C port
  • High compatibility

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Currently, there are no game console with USB 3.2 Gen 2x2
  • No security feature for general use
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The WD Black P50 Game Drive SSD is for the hardcore gamer who wants a drive that gives them an edge. Seriously, think of the number of games you can store with 4TB.


My Password SSD

WD My Passport SSD 2020 7

The My Passport SSD is a stylish drive that is drop-resistant up to 6.5 feet (1.98m). It has a rated copy speed of up to 1050MB/s. The 4TB version is slated to cost $680.


Availability

Western Digital says the new 4TB version of these drives will be available during the first quarter of 2021. It’s time to start saving, or maybe get that tax return ready.


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