by Tim Fok | 12th August 2016
G-Technology has expanded their ev Drive line-up, doubling its maximum capacity to 2TB. The highly versatile Evolution Series drives can be used as a stand alone rugged USB 3 portable hard drive or plugged into a Shuttle for quick offload and duplication. The G-Drive ev has been around for some time, with G-Technology gradually increasing their specification list and compatibility with the rest of the hard drives in their Evolution range. Their latest release is the 2TB G-Drive ev. This will be available in hard disk form only, with SSD versions currently still capping out at 1TB. It’s almost identical to the 1TB version, except for being just a few millimetres thicker and therefore not compatible with their ATC casing. As a standalone drive, the G-Drive ev is a rugged USB 3.0 portable hard drive. It has a drop rate of 1.5 metres (1.2 metres without removable bumper) and a transfer rate of up to 136MB/s, or 425MB/s for the SSD version. Remove the bumper and it becomes a pre-caddied drive for G-Technology’s G-Dock ev or G-Speed Shuttles. This saves the hassle of additional cables and caddies, giving your portable drive instant access to your desktop system through the SATA connection point on the G-Drive ev. For me, the bottleneck of the G-Drive ev system as a portable drive solution has always been capacity. With data per project quickly expanding with the likes of 4K acquisition, a set of 1TB portable hard drives as backup seems a little… measly. I own 4 G-Drive ev’s as my on-site backups. What was once two independent cloned systems that I can use separately on back to back jobs is more frequently becoming 2 x 1TB hard drives with 2 backups per job. The addition of a 2TB G-Drive ev is nice, without the need for going with a desktop system, or the ev 220 that requires two USB ports (which is faster, as it’s essentially two 1TB drives striped together as a Raid-0). Keep an eye out for more new ev products from G-Technology in the fall. It’s certainly an interesting line up, with the new G-Speed Shuttles and perhaps more importantly their expansion into disk readers. We’ve already seen the RED mag ev reader and prototypes of an Atomos caddy version, with more rumoured to be just around the corner.Read more
by Tim Fok | 9th March 2016
G-Technology has announced a new set of portable drives that accommodate the fast and efficient USB-C protocol. The G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drive will come in 1TB 7200 RPM form in three different colours; Space Grey, Silver and Gold. Like the current G-Technology Mobile Drives, the new G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drives are slim, sleek looking and bus powered. USB-C is a relatively new protocol, better known as that singular small port found on the new Apple Macbooks. Despite it being another frustrating new port users will have to buy a shed load of adaptors for, it’s use has great potential. For starters, USB-C is a reversible connector, meaning you no longer have to fumble around working out which orientation your cable should go. Through the USB 3.1 standard USB-C has the potential to match Thunderbolt 1 whilst providing more bus power. The potential speed of USB-C is currently one to only longingly gaze at, as with many portable disk (not SSD) drives the bottleneck is the hard drive speed. The G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drive therefore falls under the same transfer speed category as many other G-Technology drives at 136MB/s. The advantage of the G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drive is direct connectivity with the new MacBook, confirmation of just how closely these are linked is through the exclusive colour options of Space Grey and Gold (said to ship only from Apple Stores and likely recommended retailers). It’s great to have a sleek storage option to match the aesthetics of the MacBook, and units look to ship later this month.Read more
by Thomas Price | 21st January 2016
If you find yourself in rugged environments, you need portable memory that’s fast, tough, and reliable. The SanDisk Extreme 510 could be exactly what you’re looking for. At CES 2016, SanDisk had quite the treat in store for photographers, videographers, and anybody else that requires high-performance memory that can stand the trials and tribulations of a rough and tumble life: the Extreme 510 Portable SSD. So, let’s take a closer look, shall we? SanDisk Extreme 510: Specifications Before we delve a little deeper into the ruggedness of this portable SSD, let’s have a quick summary of the tech specs: 480GB Capacity USB 3.0 (2.0 compatible) Dimensions: 0.42 x 2.98 x 2.98 inches 0.17lb Up to 430MB/s sequential speed via USB3.0 AES 128-bit Password protection available for data, via SanDisk SecureAccess Windows 7 or later and Mac OS 10.7 or later compatibility All in all, when you require tough memory on the go, you can’t go too far wrong with the SanDisk Extreme 510. They’ve managed to pack quite a lot of punch into a pocket-sized SSD which, for all intents and purposes, can take a few hits itself! A Closer Look We’ve seen the specifications, we know that it is dust proof and water resistant—truth be told, it is not looking like a bad option for those that need their memory portable and nigh-indestructible. The SanDisk Extreme 510 builds on the highly successful Extreme 500, so it has a good pedigree. They’ve opted to protect the drive with a rubber bumper, compliant with IP55, helping to ensure that water and dust don’t have their wicked way with the drive’s data. This bumper also comes in handy for guarding against drops and tumbles—especially useful for any butter-fingered shooters amongst you! Inside the sleek yet solid design, you’ll find transfer speeds of up to 430MB/s. For anybody still using a portable HDD, the data transfer alone should have you salivating—this beast is up to four times faster than the typical external hard drive. As if being portable, lightweight, tough, and blazingly fast weren’t enough, the SanDisk Extreme 510 also comes with SanDisk SecureAccess. This provides the option of 128-bit encryption for your data, meaning that your files are safe from both the elements and unwanted eyes! To USB-C, or not to USB-C? That is the Question! The only issue that the SanDisk Extreme 510 has is its lack of USB-C compatibility. Featuring only a regular micro-USB 3.0 port, it is not exactly friendly for regular users of newer MacBooks, Tablets, or Smartphones. However, if this is a non-issue for you, then you may well be looking at the ideal portable storage for your needs. The SanDisk 510 Extreme is Available Now With all of that out of the way, there’s only one thing left to look at. The price! Fortunately, the folks at SanDisk have been quite reasonable, giving the Extreme 510 Portable SSD a respectable price tag of USD $250, which equates to roughly €229 or £175—definitely within the realms of reality, unlike another SSD that has recently been announced! PS. the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD is also shipped with a 2-year warranty, providing that little bit of extra security for those of you who really abuse your memory!Read more
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