Extreme 240GB SSD

by SANDISK

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LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt (500GB SSD)

by LaCie

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MiniStation Extreme HD-PZU3 (1TB)

by Buffalo Technology

Buffalo Technology MiniStation Extreme
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Pros
  • Captive Thunderbolt cable
  • Good shock and dust protection
  • Consistant and fast speeds
  • Convenient cable that wraps, but can be removed or replaced
  • Military spec shock resistant
Cons
  • Bulky case
  • Lackluster performance compared to similar drives
At A Glance

The improvements over the last generation of LaCie's Rugged drives are more than welcome, and a well designed captive Thunderbolt cable increases the drive's portability.

The speeds of the MiniStation Extreme are slightly below the average for similar drives. There are a few unique things about the drive, like a built in USB 3.0 cable which nicely hugs the side of the drive. This cable can be removed exposing a normal USB 3.0 port in case you want a longer cable. This is often the case if you're going to plug it into the back of a machine and don't want the drive to simply dangle from the short cable. It also features AES Full Disk Encryption if you want to deal with their software. The drive is slightly large in your hand, one side covered with a faux leather and the other hard plastic.

Performance

USB 3.0 Performance - Macworld

Write 10GB Folder

MB per second

    97.0
Read 10GB Folder

MB per second

    98.0
Write 10GB File

MB per second

    99.0
Read 10GB File

MB per second

    100.0
Write Video Files

MB per second

    98.0
Read Video Files

MB per second

    98.0