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

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