Among the contenders we found the Adata SE730 250GB to be one of the best all-round portable storage drives. It’s not the cheapest, but given its fast speeds, size and rugged nature, it’s easy to recommend.
For convenience, the Freecom Tablet Mini SSD is noteworthy for its Micro-USB connector for Android devices (and it also has a standard USB connector for PCs and laptops). We found the Freecom performed well in its benchmarks, though it’s expensive. The PNY Duo-Link 3.0 is an alternative if you have an iOS device, but the companion app is very poor. It’s also expensive and not particularly fast – a compromise which is down to its ultra-portable size.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Toshiba Canvio Connect II (3TB) offers a lot of space for very little money. This portable hard disk is chunky and has relatively slow speeds, but if you want something with a large capacity at an affordable price, then the Toshiba is your go-to drive.
The Samsung Portable SSD T3 2TB provides huge capacity and fast speeds, but comes at a hefty price. The SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD (240GB) on the other hand sits in the middle with a fast speeds, affordable pricing and a slim form factor. Christopher Minasians