This rugged portable SSD is smaller, thinner than your phone

In Laptops by Ramon LopezLeave a Comment

That is, unless you’re rocking a ridiculously thin phone like the OPPO R5, or something else almost equally devoid of edges. I mean, just take a gander at it. Tell me that isn’t one of the tiniest, if not the tiniest, portable drives you’ve laid eyes on. Tell me that isn’t a true achievement in design that provides a glimpse of the future today.

The portable-storage device in question is the SanDisk Extreme 500, which has an insanely compact footprint. It’s compact enough to carry around or to fit in your jeans pocket, even more so than your phone, and without constantly worrying about it slipping out of your grip.

SanDisk’s Extreme 500 has an insanely compact footprint, compact enough to fit in your jeans pocket. It’s ridiculously fast, too.

And even if you do somehow lose control over it, the Extreme 500’s impact-resistant shell in combination with its rubber bumpers is likely to absorb any impact and handle wild temperature swings more favorably than that of a portable hard drive. Well, that is the ideal scenario, anyway.

SanDisk Extreme 500

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The Extreme 500 is ridiculously fast as well, just as you’d expect from a new portable SSD. SanDisk claims it is capable of up to four times the speed of a portable hard drive (415MB/s), which means you’ll spend less time waiting for files to transfer from one machine to another and more time working on them.

Interested? SanDisk’s Extreme 500 portable SSD comes in 120GB and 240GB capacities that retail for P7,250 and P10,850, respectively. The roomier 480GB model will arrive later this year, but will set you back P18,000 — which, let’s face it, isn’t a tiny amount for the privilege of stashing your files in a portable drive the size of a beverage coaster. No matter how ridiculous that sounds.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.