SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Review

March 16, 2016

Small and portable.

We all know that solid state drives (SSDs) offer a faster and higher level of performance compared to older drives. While SSDs were primarily retro-fitted inside computers, it was also stared making its way to the accessory market as well.

Compared to portable drives that use the 2.5-inch standard, SSD-based drives can offer faster storage performance along with a smaller built.

This is exactly what the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD does. Fitting just in the palm of your hand and lighter than a standard smartphone, this drive uses the same technology to offer a faster performance at half the size.

Using USB 3.0, the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD comes in a rough outer shell, making it withstand sudden bumps or falls. The version I have is the 240 GB one, but the Extreme 500 is also available in sizes of 120 GB and 480 GB.

The drive also comes pre-formatted in the exFAT file so it is easily compatible with Windows and or a Mac. The drive also supports SanDisk SecureAccess that offers 128-bit encryption to keep your files private.

For testing I hooked up the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD to both a Windows and a Mac. I’ve also formatted the drive to NTFS, to which a compatible driver allowed me to use it freely on a Mac.

I managed to get decent read and write speeds for the drive, which reached about 382 MB per second read and 360 MB per second write. While these are good numbers, it falls short of the promised 430 MB per second read and 400 MB per second write. Still, transferring files between the devices was fast enough that I had to check twice to see if the files I’ve transferred were actually copied.

Overall, the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD is a small and compact way to store your files and its performance make it a highly recommended product.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.