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Philips Debuts USB 3.0 External SSDs

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March 19, 2013 11:54:17 PM

Not sure how many people will want these since most people use SSDs for OS and programs, and use online storage and usb drives for portability. The price isn't too bad though.
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March 20, 2013 12:28:41 AM

Since USB 3.0 flash drives already come in 128GB and 256GB varieties at a cheaper price point, what is the point of these drives?
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March 20, 2013 1:00:53 AM

ya i dont understand how these can be benificial. just a more portable version of a external hdd. i gess since its 3.0 you can hotswap a hdd in effect?
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March 20, 2013 1:21:16 AM

They decided to do something different. Sometimes that is a good idea, sometimes it is not. On another note, I thought Philips was exiting the consumer electronics market and they where focusing on healthcare.
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March 20, 2013 4:38:31 AM

How about a simple SATA-to-USB3 cable? Bought one a few years ago for $10.
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March 20, 2013 5:17:38 AM

slomo4shoSince USB 3.0 flash drives already come in 128GB and 256GB varieties at a cheaper price point, what is the point of these drives?

While USB 3.0 flashdrives are cheaper, SSD's still maintain almost double the speeds of even the fastest usb 3.0.
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March 20, 2013 9:56:35 AM

128GB USB Flash Drives are $120 or so... why get an SSD? Other than longevity.
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March 20, 2013 12:08:36 PM

Dupontrocks11While USB 3.0 flashdrives are cheaper, SSD's still maintain almost double the speeds of even the fastest usb 3.0.


There are much cheaper USB 3.0 SSDs with far greater performance than these.
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March 20, 2013 12:10:16 PM

Also worth mentioning is that I can even get a SATA 6Gb/s to USB 3.0 enclosure and SATA3 SSD cheaper per GB than these. They're not bad products, but their pricing for their rated performance and capacity seems quite poor.
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March 20, 2013 1:45:01 PM

@lostmyclan: That's pretty slow,
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March 20, 2013 1:46:42 PM

lostmyclanmine sandisk extreme 64 give me 200mb/s and 180 mb/s reading. for 64 bucks.


That's pretty slow.. 25MB/sec write and 22.5MB/sec read? my compact flash cards read /write faster than that.
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March 20, 2013 5:17:09 PM

Any external SSD should also come with an eSATA cable...
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March 21, 2013 12:31:38 AM

slomo4shoSince USB 3.0 flash drives already come in 128GB and 256GB varieties at a cheaper price point, what is the point of these drives?

I haven't looked into it too much but I think a lot of USB 3 sticks aren't nearly as fast as an SSD, although their names mean the same thing. You have to do research to find the good ones. USB3 SSDs are fast USB3 sticks that have multi-channel controllers
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