Oyen Digital Shadow Mini review: a $600 1TB portable SSD that's a great deal

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Write File
  • Oyen Digital Shadow Mini349
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+344
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt341
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt372
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast229
Read File
  • Oyen Digital Shadow Mini355
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+350
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt382
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt408
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast234

Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

Write Folder
  • Oyen Digital Shadow Mini324
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+300
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt319
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt349
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast212
Read Folder
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+305
  • Oyen Digital Shadow Mini314
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt338
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt355
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast171

Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

BlackMagic Write
  • Oyen Digital Shadow Mini358
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+333
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt342
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt373
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast233
BlackMagic Read
  • Oyen Digital Shadow Mini353
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+349
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt386
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt471
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast218

Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

AJA Write
  • Oyen Digital Shadow Mini360
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+339
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt341
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt374
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast238
AJA Read
  • Oyen Digital Shadow Mini355
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+339
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt388
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt470
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast238

Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

AJA 4K Write
  • Oyen Digital Shadow Mini350
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+337
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt344
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt374
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast230
AJA 4K Read
  • Oyen Digital Shadow Mini356
  • Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+354
  • LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt391
  • Monster Digital OverDrive Thunderbolt471
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast229

Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

At a Glance
  • The Shadow Mini is a great value for 1TB of solid-state storage, and you don't have to compromise on speed, either. The small size makes it easy to bring with you anywhere.

    Pros

    • Small and light
    • Fast with a large capacity
    • Great price per gigabyte
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