by Johnnie Behiri | 30th May 2016
If you, like me, travel a lot and are in need for a mobile storage/editing device, why not consider a pocket SSD? They are very robust, rather large in capacity and fast enough to help with all your mobile editing needs. I first came across the name Angelbird over a year ago, and have since then found that this relatively small Austrian company is very dedicated in bringing unique mobile storage devices tailored to our filmmaking needs. I must confess that when I was first offered to test the Angelbird 512GB SSD2go PKT I was a bit hesitant. After all, it is not every day that a manufacturer asks me to try to destroy what they sent me… Angelbird 512GB SSD2go PKT For the last few months, the Angelbird PKT has been a trusted companion and a reliable mobile storage device for my on-the-go editing needs. The files from the Sony a7SII (XAVC S) and Blackmagic Ursa Mini (ProRes) always played flawlessly when paired with my MacBook Pro (Retina 2012) running the latest edition of Adobe Premiere CC. Also, don’t be fooled by the shiny hard anodized surface case of this pocket SSD. Although it will get damaged/scratched when sustaining a hit, your valuable data will stay perfectly safe! Pros of the Angelbird 512GB SSD2go PKT: (in no particular order) Good capacity to start with (up to 512GB) Well protected USB 3.1 type C connector Very small and lightweight Extremely robust and can sustain the majority of potential hazards mobile editing drives might face. Read Speeds up to 560 MB/s (official manufacturer measurements) Write Speeds up to 460 MB/ (official manufacturer measurements). For full Read/Write speeds, use the supplied Type C to Type C USB 3.1 cable Angelbird 512GB SSD2go PKT Disk speed test Will it work and how fast? USB 3.1 Type-C connection Cons of the Angelbird 512GB SSD2go PKT: In terms of operation or connectivity, I found there were no issues whatsoever while conducting the review or while working with this pocket SSD for the last few months. On the higher side of the price spectrum if you compare it to some other pocket storage devices like the Samsung T3 SSD, but bear in mind that the Samsung is not equally robust. Angelbird 512GB SSD2go PKT vs. Iphone 5 Summary: Finding a pocket SSD which performs well and is tough enough to be used in everyday’s mobile editing missions is not an easy task. When it comes to small size, the Samsung 500GB T3 SSD might be sufficient for some. For others, the reliable and affordable G-Technology G-DRIVE ev might be the solution, although its spinning drive is no match for an SSD. But for anyone else who is looking for the combination of speed, mobility and toughness, the Angelbird 512GB SSD2go PKT is a no-brainer, and will certainly find a warm place in many professionals’ editing equipment bag. You can get the Angelbird 512GB pocket SSD from B&H by clicking here For our European readers, you can purchase Angelbird’s 512GB pocket SSD from Amazon by clicking hereRead more
by Thomas Price | 19th April 2016
At NAB 2016, Johnnie had the chance to catch up with Dirk from Angelbird – a small Austrian company with big plans for affordable SSD storage solutions specific to the cinema and broadcast industries. While a hands-on review of the Angelbird products will be coming soon, here’s a little taste of what’s to come! Angelbird SSD2GO PKT The SSD2GO PKT, which is displayed throughout the video, is a mobile SSD option that was designed with video in mind. It is shipped with two cables which are sunk into the SSD’s casing, to reduce the amount of stress on the connector. Meanwhile, it features read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and write speeds of up to 460 MB/s. According to the video, it is also tough as old boots – able to stand up to 5 tons – meaning that shooters who like to beat their storage devices up will feel a little safer. 256 GB, 512 GB Storage Capacity USB 3.1 Gen2, Type-A and Type C Interface Read Speeds up to 560 MB/s Write Speeds up to 460 MB/s Bus Powered – No External Power Required Overload and ESD Protection Hard Anodized Surface Windows/Mac Compatible with Reformatting We’re currently waiting to find out if the Angelbird SSD2GO PKT comes with the 128-bit encryption featured in the SanDisk Extreme line. Even if it doesn’t, however, it does provide a more affordable SSD alternative for filmmakers who like their memory tough. Angelbird CFast 2.0 The second product discussed in the video is the Angelbird CFast 2.0 Card, which comes with integrated stable stream technology – ensuring spike-free write speeds for all of your video projects, regardless of length. We’re still waiting for more information on the CFast 2.0, however, Dirk states that the card will $259 USD for the 160GB option. Angelbird Laser Engraving Interestingly, Angelbird products also come with the option for free laser engraving. According to the video, if you purchase an Angelbird product, you’ll also be eligible to have it laser engraved – and shipped to you, anywhere in the world, within 48-hours!Read more
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