CalDigit released what must be the smallest mobile NVMe SSD currently available. The 74 grammes CalDigit Tuff Nano has a capacity of 512GB (soon also available in a 1TB version). The Tuff Nano is slightly bigger than two CompactFlash cards laid next to each other and slightly thicker than two of them stapled on top of each other. It comes with two cables in a sturdy plastic storage box.
With iPads and iPhones now capable of accessing data on external devices, I reckoned it was time to try out that new feature, so I got myself a test unit of a SanDisk iXPand Flash Drive, a USB memory stick with a somewhat flexible Lightning connector at the opposite end.
From the day I owned a computer, I’ve always wanted to check my disk drives’ health on a regular basis and a few decades ago that became possible thanks to S.M.A.R.T., a self-monitoring system built into all hard disks and SSDs that is supposed to enable an app like Disk Utility on a Mac to warn you when a drive is near-dead. That’s where Drive Dx comes in.
The ToughTech Secure m3 is an external, 2.5in drive enclosure for encrypted file storage. It comes with three hardware encryption keys. The company also offers to buy an encryption key creator tool for when you need to generate your own keys.
Powertraveller’s Falcon 40 is a 40W foldable solar panel driven by high-efficiency monocrystalline SunPower cells. It’s meant to be used while you’re backpacking or otherwise active in the great outdoors and therefore very useful for documentary makers or video shooters who don’t stay in the direct vicinity of a grid. It’s splash-proof (IPX4) and has individually sealed off (silicon plug) output connectors – two USB (5V/3A Max) and one DC output (20V/2A).
The Delock SATA to USB 3.0 adapter is built around the most reliable chipset, the Asmedia one. The €24.00 Delock “Adapter USB 3.0 > SATA 6 Gb/s” is a three-part adapter. The box contains the actual SATA to USB adapter with a DC input and USB 3.0 type micro-B female connector, a corresponding USB 3.0 cable and a power adapter.
OWC’s portable drive, the Envoy Pro, originally came in a USB 3 version, but with the push for ever higher throughput speeds required for 4K, HDR and 8K video shooting and streaming, the company has introduced another, new 300g lightweight Envoy Pro EX that’s been equipped with a captive Thunderbolt 3 cable. The Thunderbolt 3 Envoy Pro EX actually is a series of devices, all equipped with Thunderbolt 3, but split up in the Envoy Pro EX series and the Envoy Pro EX (VE) series, which is even faster and has bigger capacities.
All-in-one computers like the iMac – even the iMac Pro – rarely have enough ports to satisfy our needs. CalDigit’s small-footprint, cast-aluminium Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus is – what we usually call – a dock that adds a whopping 15 ports to any Thunderbolt 3 machine. The options go beyond the conventional, expanding connectivity as well as charge laptops.
The newest SSD Crucial recently released has Micron’s new 64-layer NAND memory and is the first high-speed SSD to leave the factory since the Lexar brand was sold. The MX500, as it’s called, is in some tests the fastest SSD currently available. It’s so fast that it suffers from the performance limitations of its form factor, which is a 2.5in SATA disk.
With its new storage product range, CalDigit takes a completely different approach from its competitors. The company seems to realise more than any other supplier that Apple’s portable solutions are poor in legacy connection capabilities. Hence, the upcoming T4 RAID system and the recently released AV Pro 2 single-disk solution will charge your laptop and adds a USB 3.0 hub to get more connectivity without adding extra devices.