PNY EliteX-PRO SSD review: an affordable option for Gen 2x2 ports

PNY’s EliteX-PRO SSD range offers high-capacity USB Gen 2 2x2 drives for less money

PNY EliteX-Pro SSD on a wooden table
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The PNY EliteX-PRO SSD is a compact and lightweight SSD, with a smart minimal look and a price that undercuts a lot of the market for USB-C Gen 2 2x2 drives. On Gen 2 devices, the drive performs well, while in real-world testing for transferring photos and video couldn’t match its advertised speeds, it doesn’t fall short of the competition, with speeds comparable to other drives in its price range.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Competitively priced

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    Good speeds on Gen 2 devices


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    Needs USB-C Gen 2 2x2 for optimal speeds

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    Short inflexible cables

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You’d be forgiven for searching for the PNY EliteX-PRO and being a little confused. PNY’s naming system for its SSDs is slightly hard to follow, with it currently offering the PNY Elite, PNY Pro Elite V2, and this – the PNY EliteX-PRO. 

These similarly named devices are mostly separated by their different specs for their USB connections, however, they are not separated much by their prices, with there only being a $15 difference between the Pro Elite V2 and EliteX-PRO at the time of writing. 

Samsung T9

The Samsung T9 SSD offers the same USB Gen 2 2x2 connection, however, is more expensive than the PNY EliteX-Pro, and offers a more sturdy drop-proof exterior.

Samsung T7 portable SSD

Not quite able to match the 2x2 ports on the PNY, but the Samsung T7 portable SSD has very much the same design and style and on many computers will operate at similar speeds.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.