G-Drive Mobile SSD R-series 500GB review

Fast, portable solid state storage in a compact, rugged case

G-Drive Mobile SSD R-series

Digital Camera World Verdict

Portable SSD drives are expensive, but we’re reaching a point, especially for video, where regular portable hard drives are just too slow. The G-Drive Mobile SSD R-series for USB 3.1 Gen 2 offers the fast data transfer speeds we’d expect from solid state storage, but also a water and dust resistant case that can stand a 3m drop and a 1,000lb crushing force.


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    Up to 560MB/s data transfer

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    IP67 water and dust resistance

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    3m drop, 1,000lb crush protection


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    SSD cost per TB

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    Short USB cable

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    Thunderbolt MUCH pricier

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com