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Sunday
Mar032013

External USB 3.0 SSD from Transcend - ESD200

I was surprised to find that hardly anyone is making external USB 3.0 SSDs. After a bit of searching this device seemed to be the best contender from a very limited selection, so I picked one up and made this review.

If you do decide that you want one of these after watching the video, buying via this Affiliated Link on Amazon helps me out. The Speck plastic Macbook shell featured in the video is also available from Amazon. 

Update - This video generated an unusual number of strange questions and comments on youtube. It was really just supposed to be a review of an external SSD - but many people just wanted to question why I'd bought it in the first place.  I really tried my best to respond - but things just seemed to go down hill. I've now removed all my fruitless responses to questions and have have decided to orphan this video. I think it's probably best if I take a few weeks off.

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I do not fancy an external SSD drive at the moment, because the technology is still not developed enough for that kind of use. Right now SSD drives are only good as operating system boot drives, but with the swap / page file placed on a separate mechanical drive to avoid thrashing and prematurely killing your SSD drive. Hopefully in the future they will develop a drive that can cope with the demands normally placed upon a mechanical type.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIan H

How about an internal 2.5" SSD in an external enclosure? It'd be a bit bulkier, certainly, as the enclosure would be sized for a traditional mechanical HDD, but would it work out more economical than an off-the-shelf external SSD?

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Worth watching for your message to "future people" alone! LOL Thanks Matt!

I agree with Ian H that the strength of SSDs lies in their boot drive usage. Maybe when we start using Space Dollars, I'll buy a larger one for other uses and see how long it lasts :-)

Flash memory is the way forward for now but longevity is going to be an issue unless an alternative technology comes to light.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Sorry chaps - but the pretty negative response to this video has made me take the unusual step of orphaning it (that means I wont spend any more time responding to questions/comments).. Lets just pretend it was all a bad dream. I will avoid attempting to review any more computer accessories for the foreseeable future - it's clearly not my strong suit. The youtube comment system is partially to blame as for some reason very few people read the previous comments and therefore the same questions and comments get posted repeatedly.

March 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the vid. And for the fine humor as always.

Why such a simple video could start a quarrel on Youtube? I think I don't quite understand mankind to answer this kind of question.

Don't take those comments very seriously and keep on doing thsse nice vids ;)

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Don't take any offence over the comments etc because you clearly chose to do a video that had not been covered much if at all, so you deserve some credit for that alone. We are all here to share our opinions and experiences of different tech products, and it so happens that you do a far better job than most on the internet. Keep up the good work!

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIan H

And therein lies the problem with Youtube - it's inhabited by a large number of brainless twerps who get a kick out of arguing with and insulting each other, which is why I almost never read the comments section there.

Frankly, if I were you, I'd block comments on Youtube itself and direct people here instead. I don't know if that's practical for you, but it would likely stop the majority of morons from bothering you with their "wit" as they're likely too lazy to make the effort to go to another site to be offensive when there's so many more people on Youtube to insult.

You know that everyone here appreciates your efforts, so I'd like to think you wouldn't be swayed by the idiots elsewhere. Whatever you decide, it's here I will continue to enjoy your output, rather then Youtube. :-)

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Thanks for the review, awesome as always. Sorry about the youtube harassers. Don;t let them get to you, there are a lot more appreciative (mostly) sane people out there, it may not seem so because the crazies and "angries" are fueled to troll the interne looking to spewt. Keep up the awesome service and thanks again.

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAldenone

Hello, i all ways enjoy watching your reviews. even if im not intrested in the product.
but anyway why not use a usb flash drive instead of the ssd? ive seen 128gb usb 3 flash drive for £70 or 64gb usb 3 for £27.
Keep up the good work.

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJOHN

Love the reviews and subtle humour. Crack on mate, we're all hungry for more. Enjoy your time off :)

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Question for the group: Are technologies like SSD's, flash drives and even hard drives going to become extinct because there seems to be a push to just store your files on a online server?

I don't fancy the idea too much. But that looks like the way things are going. Or will there always be storage devices?

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapt Nemo

I just wanted to say that your reviews and videos are a very bright spot in an otherwise nasty tasteless www.There are a lot of strange people out there,and it would be a real tragedy if they managed to make you alter your very interesting and funny stuff.Please keep on trucking !

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCrapgaz

Thanks for the review. Whilst I am not in the market for a SSD drive, I have an internal one in my MacBook Pro it is still good to know of these options.

As all ways your reviews a worth a watch.

Don't stop doing computer stuff Matt, just don't put it on YT place them here instead as minis. Great as always.

Paul

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

@ Capt Nemo
"Question for the group: Are technologies like SSD's, flash drives and even hard drives going to become extinct because there seems to be a push to just store your files on a on-line server?"

I've yet to use any form of on-line storage, other than that which is an obligatory part of a program app or game, and I've no desire to start trusting my data with anyone else.

I do understand the benefits of "the cloud", such as keeping data in more than one location as a backup, but I would never trust that service to secure my data better than I do myself as I wouldn't know how secure their servers really are.

The push should be to devise hardware storage which doesn't degrade or which can at least warn you in advance of losing data. I think hardware storage, in some form or other, will be around for a long time to come, and certainly unless we one day wake up in a world where the internet is totally free and totally reliable. A LONG time then!!!

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Love your unbiased and frank reviews of new and interesting products, please keep the good work going. Don't get discouraged by the Utube bullies, there are lot of people like me who appreciated your work.

I have purchased "Car DVR with a wired rear camera" reviewed by you on SEP 18, 2012 and have just received it, the point is your review prompted me to buy this on ebay. This is how much your review means to us.

Cheers

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAru

You should check out the nifty drive
http://theniftyminidrive.com

It takes a micro sd card and then slots into the sd card slot on your macbook
it sits flush with the surface so you don't have the wires and drive stuck on your laptop

Looks like a cool idea to me and may be quite fast if you use a class 10 card

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

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