Storage is one of the things you’re always going to need in computing. Whether you need to store music, videos or any file of any sort, you need storage to do that. There are many solutions for your storage needs such as cloud storage, network attached storage (NAS), flash drives and just your local device storage. Today we’re looking at a slim, fast and portable storage option, this is the Patriot Supersonic Phoenix SSD review.
Features and Specifications
- Compact and lightweight
- Shock resistant
- Stylish design
- USB powered
- USB 3.0
- Read speed: Up to 260MB/s*
- Write speed: Up to 170MB/s*
- Dimensions: 93mm(h) 53mm(w) x 8mm(d)
- USB 3.0 port (USB 2.0 compatible, at USB 2.0 speeds)
- Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
- Mac OS X (10.2.8) and above (USB 3.0 transfer speed with compatible Mac hardware)
*Capacities stated are unformatted. The total formatted capacities for the drive will differ, depending on the operating system and file system used.
The Phoenix is slim really slim, about the size of a pack of gum but not quite as thick. The looks of the drive are stylish, as advertised, it is attractive looking with a brushed gunmetal look on the front and a deep gray look on the back. The chassis is constructed of plastic, a bit of a let down, I was hoping for an aluminum construction considering the price point. But that doesn’t mean the Phoenix isn’t tough, it is shock resistant so drops shouldn’t bother it. Even with the plastic chassis it will protect the inside from a good spill. The provided cable is well constructed and not cheap feeling at all. Overall the design is super portable and slim as advertised and very easy to throw in a bag, pocket even a wallet (though I wouldn’t recommend sitting on it).
The Phoenix’s USB 3.0 speeds are some fast ones indeed (see specs above) and even using USB 2.0 the speeds aren’t bad. My MacBook Pro Retina only has USB 2.o but I was able to upload a 2GB video file to my NAS over Wi-Fi in just under 5 minutes. I was able to download the same file from my NAS over Wi-Fi to my MacBook Pro in just over 5 minutes. Using a Lenovo laptop with USB 3.0 I was able to transfer that same file in less than half the time (over Wi-Fi). There’s no question that the Phoenix is fast and for those who are on the go and in a hurry that is a feature that’s priceless. Wired transfer speeds are likely going to be even better than what I saw over Wi-Fi.
The Phoenix is an excellent choice for portable, fast and slim storage. Its shock resistance makes it a great throw in your bag peripheral and it’s pocketability makes it perfect for saving space when traveling and for those who pack light. Hit the link below to pick yours up on Amazon.
*We were sent a demo unit of the Patriot Supersonic Phoenix SSD for the purposes of this review.
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