VisionTek USB Pocket SSD 120GB Review

Posted by Heath Coop on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 8:00am

Introduction

VisionTek USB Pocket SSD 120GB

USB flash drives are about as common as a computer accessory can be. Most computer users have at least one, may have more than one. They have proven to be one of the must have devices for transferring files back and forth between USB enabled systems. Soon flash drives may soon be replaced with something just a bit different.

VisionTek has recently released their USB Pocket SSD line of drives. Now that may not sound too exciting, but the USB Pocket SSD isn’t your typical USB SSD. There is no external housing that’s connected via a cable. The SSD is completely self-contained in a stick format. Today we will be a taking a look at the 120GB capacity drive. It is rated at speeds of up to 455MB/s read and up to 440MB/s write.

VisionTek's take USB Pocket SSD 120GB

The pocket-sized, bus-powered SSD that offers the speed, performance, and storage capacity of an internal SSD.

For Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux based computers.

Whether you're wanting to transfer large files such as uncompressed images, back up an entire system, or create a pocket-size bootable operating system drive, the VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD is the performance and convenience solution for creative professionals, IT power users, and anyone seeking ultra-fast media and large file transfers.

Not An Ordinary Thumb Drive

While the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD looks like any other high-capacity flash drive with a USB 3.0 connector, that's where all similarities end. More than pure storage, it's a full-blown Solid State Drive featuring a high-performance SandForce controller. That means you'll experience up to 455MB/s Reads and up to 440MB/s Writes... as quick as the fastest internal SSDs, yet with the proper set-up, you can run a variety of operating systems with full capabilities.

Uses The Common USB Port

Millions of computers have been put into use since the USB 3.0 interface was introduced in 2008. That means no matter where you are, you'll be able to access a PC or Mac to utilize the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD. Just plug the drive into a computer and you can start working at supercharged speeds!

Faster For Real-World Uses

While scoring high on synthetic benchmark tests gets all the glory, the real focus should be on how an upgrade performs under real-world use scenarios. Any kind of travel demands entertainment, so you'll want to carry some HD movies with you. Compared to traditional external storage, you can transfer 35GB of movie files to the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD 26% faster.

Tougher & Faster Than Other Pocket SSDs

While other portable pocket SSD options exist, they're no match for the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD. No pathetically weak plastic case here... being able to handle the rigors of portable use demands a tough aircraft-grade aluminum housing. And while the best competitors can only muster up 250MB/s write speeds, the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD offers up to double that speed.

Nearly 4x More Storage Capacity For Tablets

With today's most popular tablet computers offering a maximum of 64GB of internal storage, you can use the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD as a high-capacity external storage upgrade and increase your storage capabilities by up to nearly 4x more.

Run Windows On A Mac

Whether you're a fan of PC games, want to run a specialty Windows only app, or are a web designer needing to confirm your work looks correct, the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD now can bring you the best of both operating system worlds. Just by downloading and installing Boot Camp® drivers along with a legal copy of Windows 8 or higher, the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD lets you boot a full Windows environment without having to partition your internal drive. Jump from an iMac to a Mac mini to a Mac Pro without having to copy settings, files, or configurations. (see tab below for how-to tips)

Multiple Uses for Multiple Users

The VisionTek USB Pocket SSD offer the flexibility to be used for specific needs such as:

  • a custom user environment with approved videos, games, etc. for young children.
  • high speed backup.
  • downloading and saving uncompressed HD content.
  • a backup drive for photographers/videographers. Shoot on SD card, transfer to computer for editing, save on VisionTek USB SSD for accessibility anywhere.
  • a bootable drive to run your Windows desktop and apps on other PCs and even a Mac.

Let's take a closer look and test it on the next page.

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