On Friday Super Talent said it will change how consumers "think about external storage" with the launch of its Storage POD Mini, a portable SSD with a USB 3.0 connector. The device seems to be a smaller version of the company's current USB 3.0-based SSD, the Storage POD external drive, which measures 129 x 81 x 15-mm -- the new "Mini" model measures a smaller 110 x 68 x 10-mm.
"Thanks to USB 3.0 and SSD technologies, it is now possible to create a USB storage solution that is smaller, lighter and more rugged than a traditional HDD," the company said. "A blue anodized, all-aluminum enclosure enables this drive to be both lightweight and rugged. It fits easily in your pocket and requires no power adapter. It’s the perfect traveling companion."
Featuring a SandForce SSD processor, the Storage POD Mini has a top speed of over 260 MB/s read and writes up to 174 MB/s. A One-Touch Backup button will back up data pre-determined by the end-user, and a Read/Write switch will protect the stored data from unintentional writes, similar to an SD card. The drive is also backwards-compatible with USB 2.0, making it available to everyone with a Windows 7/Vista/XP or Mac OS X (10.4 or later) machine.
Super Talent said the Storage POD Mini is now shipping in capacities of 60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB. To see a benchmark, check out Super Talent's video below: