Adata’s SE800 isn’t the fastest portable you can buy, but it offers more than enough performance for most. Crucial’s X8 gives it quite the competition, though. With its DRAM-based architecture and tweaked QLC NAND, the X8 is quite responsive compared to the SE800. The Adata features stronger large file transfer performance, however. It will dramatically outperform the Crucial X8 in large 120GB+ file transfers. The SE800 even writes faster than the much more expensive Samsung T7 Touch.
Adata's drive is also one of the lightest 10 Gbps portable SSDs, thanks to its compact design. Its metal shell can also endure a bit of abuse. And, Adata ships its drive with some short but usable cables to go along with it, unlike the ultra-short cables LaCie packs with its latest portable SSDs.
When it comes to price, both the SE800 and X8 portable SSDs trade blows depending on the capacity you’re looking to choose. And, SanDisk’s Extreme doesn’t offer nearly the same value as either, with half the performance for similar cost. The SanDisk Extreme Pro or LaCie Rugged SSD are better options if you need the extra sustained performance for a professional workflow. While costly, both feature more robust designs for serious wear and tear.
Looking at the many portable SSDs we've tested in recent years (as well as a few we have lined up next, the Adata SE800 is a good value pick for those looking for an affordable USB Type-C 10 Gbps portable SSD with the added benefit of waterproofing. It can be more than just a setback to lose something important due to accidental water damage and the SE800 will ensure that it doesn’t happen under most circumstances. Just be sure to keep the cap on the drive's USB-C port when you're out and about.
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