While aftermarket solutions are possible, If you're buying a new iMac, you should first consider whether you want to get VESA compatibility.
When you don't need SSD performance, the SanDisk Professional G-Drive USB Hard Drive offers style, toughness, and affordable capacity.
Sabrent's XTRM-Q Thunderbolt 3 drive sports two 8TB NVMe SSDs that can be combined (striped) for speed, or mirrored for redundancy. But it's over-priced at $3300, uses software RAID, and performance on the Mac slowed under load
While only an average performer among 10Gbps USB drives, the LaCie Portable SSD's unique and attractive design, as well as its svelte form factor make it one of our favorites
Users are concerned over SSD lifespan with the M1 swapping from memory under heavy loads. It's not something to ignore, but the fact is, SSDs last a lot longer than most people think.
Ableton Live, now at version 11, offers a streamlined workflow and minimalist interface that eases the creative process. It's designed for musicians, not sound engineers.
OWC's Envoy Pro FX reads and writes at 2GBps via Thunderbolt 3 and 1GBps via Gen 2 (10Gbps) USB for speedy transfers and backups with both Macs and Windows PCs.
Running Windows 10 for ARM on an M1 Mac is workable via virtualization. There's no retail version of the OS available currently, only a free preview, but the indicators that there may be seem positive.
The latest version of Fledging's Shell Thunderbolt NVMe SSD enclosure features a larger profile, plenty of venting, and an active fan for vastly improved cooling.
OWC's Envoy Express T3 enclosure lets you use your own M.2 NVMe SSD for external Thunderbolt storage. A clever sticky-mount caddy helps keep it in place.
Version 5 of Presonus's Studio One (think Logic X) adds a clever live show control module to an equally unique project mastering section, as well as notation editing, MPE support, and upgraded FX. The kicker is that you can now rent its unique features monthly for $15
Sabrent's HB-SIMC port extender marries with the look and feel of the iMac while making USB and card slot access far easier
Sabrent leverages the power of their Rocket Q NVMe SSD in this small but fast, dual-interface speedster. It’s also available with up to 8TB of capacity.
OWC’s Envoy Pro EX USB-C portable SSD is one of those rare products that lives up to the “Pro” moniker. With up to 4TB of capacity, excellent performance and and honest-to-goodness IP67 certification, it’s the real deal.