Crucial has just entered the portable SSD market and have just announced the release of their brand new Crucial X8 Portable Solid State Drive, stating “The Crucial® X8 Portable SSD delivers top performance and incredible value”. The X8 is also being noted for being almost twice as fast as any other portable similar SSDs on the market right now (technically 1.8x).
By twice as fast, I mean up to a quoted 1050 MB/s.
And has the following technical specifications:
- Phenomenal read speeds up to 1,050MB/s
- Capacities of 1TB or 500GB
- Compatible with a broad range of computers, tablets, smartphones, and gaming consoles via USB
- Stylish design with anodized aluminum unibody core
- Drop-proof up to 7.5 feet, extreme temperature-proof, shock-proof, and vibration-proof
- Backed by a three-year limited warranty
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2019 — MICRON INSIGHT —
Crucial, Micron’s leading global brand of memory and storage, today announced the availability of the Crucial® X8 Portable SSD. This product line expansion creates an exciting new category within Crucial’s award-winning portfolio of dependable and high-performing SSDs.
“Now, more than ever, consumers want unfettered access to their important data,” said Teresa Kelley, vice president and general manager of Micron Consumer Products Group. “With the advent of faster computers, widespread photo sharing and larger game sizes, it’s time to evolve to faster, more reliable storage solutions. The Crucial X8 leverages the unparalleled quality and vertical integration of Micron to provide unmatched value for our customers.”
The Crucial X8 delivers impressive performance in a sleek case built with a durable unibody core. With read speeds up to 1,050MB/s, the drive performs 1.8 times faster than similar portable SSDs within the same price category and up to 7.5 times faster than portable hard drives.
The X8 works with a variety of devices, including PCs, Macs, PS4s, XBOX Ones, iPad Pros, Chromebooks, and select Android devices via USB 3.2 Gen2 interface. In addition to its extensive compatibility features, the Crucial X8 offers a range of other benefits:
- Fast transfer times and high capacity for consumers storing photos, videos and documents, as well as curating music and video collections
- Versatility for travelers who want to watch videos while disconnected from the internet
- Easy additional storage for gamers who want quick access to their entire game libraries
“Built with Micron NAND, every Crucial SSD has been engineered from sand to silicon by a trusted leader in flash memory innovation,” Kelley continued. “Whether you’re preserving family memories, expanding your gaming storage or accelerating workflows, the X8 gives you the speed, durability and security you need.” As a brand of Micron, one of the largest flash storage manufacturers in the world, Crucial SSDs are designed and built with the same Micron quality and engineering innovation that has produced some of the world’s most advanced memory and storage technologies for 40 years. Crucial’s award-winning SSDs undergo thousands of hours of Micron pre-release validation and extensive SSD qualification testing before market release. The Crucial X8 is drop-proof up to 7.5 feet, backed by a three-year limited warranty and available in capacities up to 1TB at crucial.com and through select global partners. For more information, visit crucial.com/X8.
Why not get an enclosure and simply purchase an M.2 Drive like the Crucial?
This is a very valid question, as you could get the Crucial P1 for about $95 and an enclosure for under $20, giving a full Portable SSD solution for about $120, which isn’t a bad deal.
When posed with the question, a representative from Micron/Crucial mentioned that the mileage may vary on external enclosures as the chipsets don’t always match and that the Crucial X8 has been designed as a unit, engineered to withstand temperature fluctuations and chip compatability. PLUS — The Crucial X8 is built as a unit and has been tested for an up to a 7.5 foot drop (on carpet) — of which I have yet to confirm, but I am enthused by their transparency.