SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Review


Hard Drives (HDD) have come a long way, you probably even have a couple right now all running at the same time to keep all your important files.

Portability wise, it has been more compact therefore they are now easier to pack on the go. The Extreme 500 Portable SSD from Sandisk is one them, and yes portable SSD’s are here! SSD’s are ususally used as your computer’s internal storage, but not anymore.

Not only will these next generation drives be compact but will also boost the media transfer speed by 4X faster than a standard USB 3.0 hard drive.IMG_5479

The packaging is simple and minimal. You get a tiny booklet, a micro-USB cable and the SSD drive itself. It’s a plug and play drive meaning you don’t need a special driver to run it. Design wise – it is rugged thanks the rubber frame around it that also absorbs impact from drops. It can also handle hot and cold temperatures between -20C to 70C. My only concern is that it is a little flimsy when it comes to overall build quality but other than that, this little drive is quite special.


(Available in 120GB and 240GB size)

It weighs less than 80g and only 1cm in thickness. It’s so slim that you can just put it in your pocket. Oh, there’s a metal ring, too, to clip it into your bag.

When it comes to performance, it all depends on your machine. I am currently using a 5 year old HP laptop with Intel Core i7 processor (Ivy), 12 GB RAM and GT650M 2GB graphics. I have used CrystalDiskMark to benchmark the drive and also did a real file transfer for real world usage test. The drive was hooked up to a USB 3.0 port and the results are below.

SanDisk SSD Transfer

If you are a videographer (or photographer) like myself that does a lot of quick back ups then this is a must have addition to your gear. Especially if you do 4K videos where you need the speed in order to get the work done quicker.


As for security the drive supports 128-bit AES encryption to protect your files, that’s available using the SanDisk Secure Access software provided and that keeps your files private.


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