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ADATA launches USB3 SSD

ADATA launches USB3 SSD

ADATA has combined an Indilinx SSD in a sexy aluminium jacket, with a USB 3 port in the side.

ADATA has taken a 2.5in Indilinx SSD, wrapped it in an external enclosure and added a USB 3 port to create an external drive that's going to be wickedly fast. Obviously you'll need a USB 3 card or USB 3 equipped motherboard to take advantage of the faster transfer rates, but it's still backward compatible to USB 2 - however - don't lose the included cable because that connector is pretty rare. It's not compatible with a standard mini-USB cable either (we tried it).

The one we have here is 128GB in capacity, but 64GB and 256GB versions will also be available. Its brushed aluminium design is exceptionally tasty, but the black coating pulls off finger grease like we've been eating fried chicken for lunch and then juggling these drives. I actually had beef noodles if you were wondering.

It is generally scratch resistant though and there are a set of rubber feet on the underside; both of which are always a bonus for an external device.

The drive, called the N002 is, understandably, not cheap. For cutting edge features and performance expect to part with over £210 (inc VAT) for the 64GB model, £420 for the 128GB and a few quid over £850 for the 256GB one. Yikes. That's the price you pay for Indilinx SSD + USB 3 though we guess, but we still wonder how many ADATA will shift.

Are you someone who absolutely must have the latest gadget - is this on your list? Or will a USB 3 hard drive suffice? While we're testing, let us know your thoughts in the forums!

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RichCreedy 6th May 2010, 13:45 Quote
think i'll wait til they come with a sub £100 price tag
TWeaK 6th May 2010, 14:15 Quote
It's added to my list - that is my 'if I won the lottery' list.
l3v1ck 6th May 2010, 14:31 Quote
You'd have to have more money than sense to buy one at those prices.
Lance 6th May 2010, 14:57 Quote
Surely you would only want a SSD if you were planning on using it as a boot drive? So why not go for the cheaper HDD on a normal USB if you're running it externally?
mrbens 6th May 2010, 15:34 Quote
That's interesting, I've never had beef noodles. :)
Cupboard 6th May 2010, 16:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lance
Surely you would only want a SSD if you were planning on using it as a boot drive? So why not go for the cheaper HDD on a normal USB if you're running it externally?

Useful if you have something to just chuck in your bag, it is solid state so significantly lower change of anything going wrong.
Arj12 6th May 2010, 16:47 Quote
Hmmmm, not too convinced by the use of this unless capacity for SSD's go up considerably and the costs go down a lot too! For your average Joe this will be about 5 years away until it becomes the norm!
StoneyMahoney 6th May 2010, 17:32 Quote
Does anyone else see standard SATA connectors with a cap over them? Or is it just me?
TSR2 6th May 2010, 18:39 Quote
I suppose it should be faster than the existing hi-capacity flash drives, so you can fill it in less than a lifetime.
And similarly the portability argument is a bit lost on many users because of how much you will lose if it gets stolen/lost.
l3v1ck 6th May 2010, 19:36 Quote
Just give us a cheap USB3 external HDD any we'll be happy.
Phil Rhodes 6th May 2010, 20:23 Quote
but we still wonder how many ADATA will shift.

Not many until you tell us how fast it is, I suspect.
The_Beast 6th May 2010, 21:56 Quote
Pretty cool but the only benefit I see is it being shock proof
ryall 7th May 2010, 03:15 Quote
Useful for spies in the movies that have to copy something from a computer while the bad guy is distracted.
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