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The USB Type C port is new, intriguing, and incredibly confusing, because vendors vary in how they implement the standard. It all comes down to the controller, so we take the fastest USB-C device out there to show you the sometimes vast differences.
The Extreme 900 is one of the first devices to take advantage of USB 3.1 faster speeds, and it's delightfully fast.
Though it downscales them to 1080p, you can stream 2160p videos with Synology's lastest NAS boxes and operating system
Samsung manages to wring better sustained performance out of a USB 3.1 SSD than some vendors do from their internal SATA SSDs.
Unlike its predecessor, the Trion 150 offers decent performance at a decent price.
Qnap delivers a streaming box on steroids. But it's not the easiest device to set up, and it's light on apps for tasks other than media streaming.
This SATA 6Gbps SSD offers very good overall performance—much better than that of comparably priced TLC SSDs.
The Visiontek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD is great for distributing the same data across multiple computers, but is little better, and a lot more expensive, than a hard drive for backup.
If you're looking for an M.2 upgrade, this is the drive to have.
Though a decent performer most of the time with small data sets, the Q300 slows to the pace of a hard drive when writing large files. Worst of all, it's not priced appropriately.
For light-duty computing, the BX200 is a good SSD. But stress it by writing lots of files and it slows to a crawl.
The marriage of PCIe and the SSD has resulted in uber-fast storage for your PC. We compare small-slot AHCI, NVMe, and SATA models. Even if you're using a desktop, one of these tiny wonders can increase your storage transfer speeds by a factor of four.
Though a year old, the Arc 100 still compares favorably with any budget 2.5-inch SSD available
Though it's a bit cheaper than its rivals, the Trion slows to hard drive speeds when writing even mildly large amounts of data.
Want your data to outlive you by a few centuries? M-Disc optical media, with its super-stable data layer, is what you're looking for.