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

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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 exact 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 maximum 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's Rating

9 out of 10
SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD 10
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
8.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
9.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Super-fast performance thanks to the combo of USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 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 the 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 $750.


SanDisk Extreme

SanDisk Extreme 2020 3

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD's Rating

8.9 out of 10
SanDisk Extreme 2020 4
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
9.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 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 2×2

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's Rating

7.9 out of 10
WD Black P50 Cables
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
7 out of 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 consoles with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2

No security feature for general use

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.

WD My Passport SSD 2020's Rating

9 out of 10
WD My Passport SSD 2020 2
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
8.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
9.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast USB 3.2 Gen 2 performance

Compact, rugged, practical design

USB-C-ready with cable and adapter included

Useful security feature

5-year warranty

Cons

Runs a bit hot

Useless WD Backup and WD Utilities applications

Slightly more expensive than competitors


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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