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ADATA SE730 250GB Type-C Ultra-Fast 500MB/s Read and Write External Solid State Drive (ASE730-250GU31-CGD)
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- Most compact external SSD currently available with read and write speed up to 500MB/s
- IP68 certified and military-grade shockproof
- Quieter and more durable than external hard drives
- Your light, convenient, and stylish companion
- USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface
- Wide OS compatibility: Android, Mac OS, Windows
- Free value-added software: HDDtoGo, OStoGO
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The SE730 is the most compact external SSD currently available. But it’s big on performance, featuring USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity and up to 500MB/s read and write. The SE730 uses premium MLC Flash for long-lasting durability, and a convenient reversible USB Type-C connector. Compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Android, it's perfect for cross-device content sharing. While super elegant, the SE730 is also very rugged, meeting IP68 water and dust proof requirements and military-spec shock proofing for peace of mind wherever you go. Light and compact, it easily fits in one hand and is effortless to carry whether working, traveling, gaming, or otherwise enjoying life.
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Run Windows BootCamp & can game off this drive as fast as the local hard drive!!!
Rather than going for a standard 2.5” format Adata has made a completely different external SSD drive which is super small at a size of 7cm x 4.5cm x just over 1cm. Out case is made from aluminium, with some colour choices the one I looked at was gold.
A supplied USB type 3.1 cable is just over 23cm in length with a type A on one end (the common USB size ie fits laptops, desktops and any other device). Other end of the plug is the newer USB type C, this has some advantages it can be inserted in either direction (unlike micro USB) and should prove more durable with longer term use.
One end of the cap can be “popped” open here the type C connector is found and a green activity LED. Once that’s closed the unit is water and dust resistant...I tested this under water and it worked perfectly afterwards just make sure to close the cap the drive isn’t sealed unless this is closed. The cap is firm and snaps into place it won’t come open by accident and can be swivelled around to give easier access to the port.
I don’t have USB 3.1 on my PC so I tested it with USB 3.0 thus the bandwidth limit on USB 3.0 will be hit with an SSD so you can expect quicker times on 3.1 ports. It’s still might fast though and I doubt anyone would be unhappy with the performance it’s vastly quicker than a standard hard drive I got burst speeds of over 370MB/s for read and over 300MB/s for write you can add more for the 3.1 bus if you have those ports. It is backward compatible with 2.0 and USB 1.1 though the speeds are snail like compared to USB 3.0 and 3.1. 2.0 is bearable depending on what files you are moving.
So far so good on this drive its very quick and has a tough build. There is however one downside and that is you pay a bit of a premium for the sealing and size reduction compared to a 2.5” format SSD (there are a lot around or you can buy the caddy pre made and add your own to an enclosure). I see this aimed at users who want super fast storage and in an ultra small form factor, possibly those who are in harsher conditions (camping/backpacking). It’s equally suited to those who want a “pocket size” drive or where space is limited ie business/travel. You have choices out there depending on what your needs are. Cable length is more suited to notebooks (you can also use it with a USB OTG adapter not supplied to pull data off a phone), USB type C cables are easy to get hold of if you want a longer one (just avoid the USB 2.0 ones no point slowing it down), would have been nice to have a longer one included but I don't see this as a serious issue. The SSD does get warm with intensive activity though never hot only running extensive torture tests will heat it up a bit.
Formatted capacity is 232GB on a Win 10 computer
I can’t really fault the product for design and build/performance it’s the smallest external SSD I’ve seen or used and it’s a nippy beast. If you want small fast and tough this seems like a good bet. Overall for me an 8.9/10 and a thumbs up
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