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Mandalorian-Themed Beskar SSDs Prove Seagate Knows the Way

Seagate Star Wars Beskar Ingot drives
(Image credit: Seagate)

Seagate's officially licensed Beskar Ingot drives are now available. The drives are the latest in a long line of sought-after tech gadgetry with Star Wars-inspired designs or themes. Fans of sci-fi lore can pick from three types of Mandalorian-inspired collectible drives: a Seagate Beskar Ingot Drive Special Edition FireCuda NVMe SSD, SATA SSD, or External HDD. Those interested in these Beskar Ingots also have some capacity choices they can make.

"Gamers' battle stations" are the stated target market for Seagate's Beskar Ingot storage products, but they may find buyers outside of the sci-fi niche. Even without any knowledge of The Mandalorian, many might find the grey metallic undulating surface design, obviously inspired by Damascus steel, quite attractive. Each device also bears the Imperial Stamp. The external HDD also includes a flourish with the addition of a Mandalorian-inspired blue LED (but it is an RGB LED that can be configured to other colors).

Now that we have discussed the design and you have had time to study the various images, it is time to check out the essential specs. The drives are quite different in form factor and spec, and the comparison table below will make the distinctions clear. If you feel the need to delve deeper, each product page offers a link to a data sheet PDF containing all you might wish to know.

M.2 SSD

SATA SSD

External HDD

Interface

PCIe Gen4 NVMe

SATA 6 Gb/s

USB 3.2 Gen 1 bus-powered

Capacities

500GB, 1TB

1TB, 2TB

2TB

Read/Write

7,300 / 6,000 MB/s

560 / 540 MB/s

130 / 130 MB/s

Dimensions

9.84mm / 0.387in x 24.2mm / 0.953in x 80.15mm / 9.84in. 47g

7.10mm / 0.249in x 70.10mm / 2.759in x 100.35mm / 3.950in. 50g

14.5mm / 0.57in x 80.0mm / 3.15in x 122.5mm / 4.82in. 167g

Warranty

5-years

5-years

5-years

MSRPs

$159.99 / $259.99

$159.99 / $269.99

$99.99

Initially revealed late last year, the first batches of these Star Wars Beskar Ingot drives were snapped up and permanently out of stock for some weeks but currently seem to be available.

Today we have spotted stocks of most models/capacities of these new Seagate Star Wars-inspired Beskar Ingot drives available at Amazon (opens in new tab). For an alternative, there are some models available at Best Buy (opens in new tab). The only drive in stock at Newegg (opens in new tab) at the time of writing was the 2TB external HDD.

In 2021 we reviewed two Seagate drives, the excellent Seagate FireCuda 530 M.2 NVMe SSD last September and the enduring Seagate FireCuda 120 SATA SSD, in January.

Mark Tyson
Mark Tyson

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • cryoburner
    $160 for a 1TB SATA SSD with a themed shell that probably won't even be seen once installed, with performance that's guaranteed to be very similar to other 1TB SATA SSDs costing around $100 or so. They "know the way" to maximizing profits.
    : D

    At least the external drive is more likely to be visible, and gets some RGB lighting to complete the look, helping to justify it's price premium a bit more.
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  • exploding_psu
    I don't know anything about Star Wars, but from purely aesthetic perspective, those look mighty fine to me
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  • Darkbreeze
    Are there REALLY that many people out there with actual Star Wars themed PCs? Enough to justify making and entire series of products based on it? If there are, they must be hiding them, because aside from one or two, I haven't run into them and I'm pretty regularly looking around for custom themed or modded systems online. I mean, I'm sure there are some, but not sure there's enough to warrant that kind of investment by Seagate. And just as being something "different", eh.
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  • Mandark
    I just want plain ram modules without any lighting or any design. Will I ever be able to find those again? If not can I have mine adorned in Damascus steel? Lol I want to pretend that I’m a Naruto character with a sword so my son will think I’m cool
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  • USAFRet
    I would spend exactly $0 extra for this.

    Darkbreeze said:
    but not sure there's enough to warrant that kind of investment by Seagate.
    The actual extra $$ by seagate is probably pretty minimal.

    The casing gets some printing anyway, even if it just says "Seagate".
    Tooling up the laser for this is minimal.
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  • Darkbreeze
    I guess that's true. I would spend exactly the same extra that you would. And I AM a Star Wars fan. But I don't need Star Wars hardware in my PC unless it's ACTUAL Star Wars technology. LOL.
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  • USAFRet
    Darkbreeze said:
    I guess that's true. I would spend exactly the same extra that you would. And I AM a Star Wars fan. But I don't need Star Wars hardware in my PC unless it's ACTUAL Star Wars technology. LOL.
    Star Wars fan as well. You've seen some of the stuff I've printed for my little buddy, the "Littlest Jedi" and his mom.
    (he's now 3 yrs old, and not really doing any better)
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  • Phaaze88
    Looks like Seagate doesn't actually no de wey...
    Reply