Rugged USB Thunderbolt Series

by LaCie

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Envoy Pro EX (240GB)

by OWC

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DriveStation DDR (2GB)

by Buffalo Technologies

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DS1

by Matrox

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Price Best Price: $146.00
Pros
  • Bus-powered
  • Durable
  • Fast transfer speeds
  • Includes USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cables
  • Much faster write speed than normal USB 3.0 hard drives
  • Plug and play
  • USB 3.0 and gigabit ethernet connectivity
  • One-cable convenience
Cons
  • Slightly slower than other Thunderbolt SSDs we've tested
  • More expensive than the typical USB 3.0 drive
  • Single Thunderbolt port limits daisy-chaining options
  • Requires Mountain Lion
At A Glance

The Envoy Pro EX is a SSD that is a great combination of speed and portability.

If you're looking for a fast, capacious, not-too-expensive direct-attached backup drive, look no further: Buffalo's DriveStation DDR uses 1GB of DDR3 memory to dramatically enhance write performance.

Specs

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Thunderbolt|USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0 Gigabit ethernet|HDMI|Line In 1/8|Line Out 1/8|Thunderbolt|USB 2.0|USB 3.0

Warranty

Warranty information 2 Year 3 Year Limited   1 Year Limited Warranty

Storage

Drives included     1.0  
Raid type     none  

Performance

USB 3.0 Performance - Macworld

Write 10GB Folder

MB per second

  243.0    
Read 10GB Folder

MB per second

  291.0    
Write 10GB File

MB per second

  257.0    
Read 10GB File

MB per second

  338.0    
Write Video Files

MB per second

  358.0    
Read Video Files

MB per second

  350.0