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PNY announces world’s smallest and fastest SSDs

PNY announces world’s smallest and fastest SSDs
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Solid State Drives or SSDs are now the first choice in portable storage, as the conventional mechanical hard drive is fast-becoming too sluggish to keep pace with ever-increasing file sizes brought about by 40+ MP stills and 4K video. Prices for larger-capacity SSDs used to be prohibitive, but these days even a 1TB drive is no longer outrageously expensive.

PNY's new Elite Portable SSD (opens in new tab) really has to be seen to appreciate just how small it is. At just 60 x 35.6 x 8.9mm, it'll easily slip into a jeans pocket or the smallest kit bag, yet is capable of up to 420MB/s read and write speeds.

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That's already lightning-fast, but you can go quicker-still with the PRO Elite SSD (opens in new tab). With 890MB/s read rate and an even faster 900MB/s write speed, PNY is claiming it to be seven times faster than a conventional portable hard disk drive.

The drive connects to your device by a USB-C 3.1 Gen2 interface. The Gen2 spec is capable of a peak 1250MB/s transfer speed, so anything less would bottleneck transfer speeds. It's therefore important to ensure your computer is equipped with Gen2 ports, rather than USB 3.1 Gen1 (previously labelled USB 3.0). The SSD will still work with older USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 computers, but  at slower speeds. Two cables are included: USB-C-to-USB-C, and USB-C-to-USB-A (the latter being useful when connecting to older devices).

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This kind of speed is ideal for photographers, vloggers and videographers needing to store and back-up data on the go, without having to waste time waiting for files to transfer. The sleek 45g aluminum drive of the PRO Elite is little larger than the ultra-compact Elite Portable SSD, measuring a mere 63 x 57 x 11mm. It comes in four body colour options: black, rose gold, brushed silver and light blue. You can also choose from three capacities: 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB.

Prices for the drives will be: 

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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.