Freecom Tablet Mini SSD

£89 inc VAT (75p per GB) •

PC Advisor - - CONTENTS - Jim Martin

As the name sug­gests, this is a mini SSD for tablets. It’s pri­mar­ily de­signed to con­nect to an An­droid or Win­dows tablet’s Mi­cro-USB port for trans­fer­ring data be­tween the tablet and an­other de­vice, such as a PC or lap­top. How­ever, it should work with any phone or tablet with a Mi­cro-USB and OTG (on-the-go) sup­port.


There’s just one ca­pac­ity: 128GB. It’s ex­pen­sive at 75p per gi­ga­byte, although that’s the price you’ll pay if you buy the drive di­rect from Freecom’s web­site. If you hunt around, you can find it un­der £70, which takes the price per GB down to 54p. That’s still pricey, though.

Fea­tures and de­sign

Measuring 58x92x15mm and weigh­ing just 60g, the Tablet Mini SSD is a drive you can carry ev­ery­where with­out even notic­ing it. It’s unas­sum­ing, fin­ished in de­mure grey plas­tic, but it has built-in Mi­cro-USB and full-size USB 3.0 ca­bles, which is very con­ve­nient.

The ca­bles slot into the side of the drive, so are ex­tremely short, which can make it a lit­tle awk­ward at times, es­pe­cially as it can end up dan­gling off the side of a tablet, de­pend­ing on the lo­ca­tion of its USB port. You can’t con­nect two de­vices at once: the idea of the two ca­bles is to make the drive com­pat­i­ble with just about ev­ery de­vice, so you can quickly trans­fer pho­tos, videos and other me­dia to and from your phone and tablet. Whether you use it for back­ing up your cam­era roll or as ad­di­tional stor­age for films and mu­sic is up to you.

In­side is 128GB of NAND flash, although Freecom doesn’t spec­ify which type. It’s most likely to be TLC.

Bun­dled with it is Nero Back­ItUp, Hard Drive Eraser and For­mat­ter. This means you can erase the drive if you ever give it away or sell it on. Nero is a some­what odd choice as it al­lows you to make a full sys­tem backup (of a Win­dows PC), but you’re un­likely to do that on a pricey mo­bile SSD.


It may not be the cheap­est solid-state drive, but per­for­mance is very good. Over USB 3.0, we saw 410MB/s in the Crys­talDiskMark se­quen­tial read test. Writ­ing wasn’t as im­pres­sive at 178MB/s, but it’s still one of the faster drives you can buy.

For 4KB files – the sort of sizes you find when you’re deal­ing with any­thing other than me­dia files – per­for­mance was also ster­ling. The Tablet Mini SSD read them at al­most 17MB/s and wrote them al­most as quick – 16.1MB/s. Vir­tu­ally ev­ery other por­ta­ble drive we’ve tested strug­gles here, man­ag­ing only a few MB/s.


If you’re specif­i­cally af­ter a por­ta­ble drive that can con­nect to your phone or tablet to pro­vide ex­tra stor­age or act as a backup for its pho­tos and videos, then the Freecom is a de­cent choice. It isn’t stylish, nor is it the cheap­est, but it per­forms well and is con­ve­nient thanks to the built-in USB ca­bles.

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