Lexar reveals new, super-fast portable SSDs

Lexar SL500 portable SSD
(Image credit: Lexar)

Lexar has launched two new portable SSDs aimed at demanding photographers and videographers. The SL500 portable SSD is a sleek, compact device featuring an aluminium unibody construction that assists with heat dissipation. As with most portable SSDs, the device is powered by its single USB-C connection, and it uses a single-chip controller to lower power consumption while also minimising heat generation.

Thanks to a fast USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 data connection, read speeds are said to be up to 2000MB/s, and write speeds up to 1800MB/s - both highly respectable figures. 256-bit data encryption is available via Lexar DataShield, so your files will be secure should the SSD fall into the wrong hands. The SL500 also supports Apple Log video recording in 4K 60FPS ProRes format on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.