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Philips Debuts USB 3.0 External SSDs

Philips has announced three new external SSDs that feature USB 3.0 ports and have a thickness of just 0.8 cm. The drives will be available in capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. The company states that all three versions will be able to achieve read / write speeds of 240 MB/s and 140 MB/s, respectively.

The 128 GB variant of Philip's Portable SSD will arrive with a price of €129 ($166). We are still waiting for information on the pricing and availability of the 256 GB and 512 GB variants.

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  • Chairman Ray
    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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  • slomo4sho
    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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  • ARICH5
    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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  • yannigr
    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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  • abbadon_34
    How about a simple SATA-to-USB3 cable? Bought one a few years ago for $10.
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  • Dupontrocks11
    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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  • belardo
    128GB USB Flash Drives are $120 or so... why get an SSD? Other than longevity.
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  • blazorthon
    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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  • blazorthon
    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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  • yorich
    @lostmyclan: That's pretty slow,
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