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Lexar sets speed record with world's fastest SSD portable drive

Lexar Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD
Lexar Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD

Built for speed, the Lexar Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD is built to be the perfect companion for the travelling photographer and filmmaker. Launched at NAB, the new portable drive promises the world's fastest one terabyte SSD – with read speeds of up to 950MB/s  and write speeds which are almost as fast at 900MB/s write. This certainly sounds like a contender in our guide to best portable hard drivesfor photographers.

Finished in brushed aluminum, the drive weighs just 70g (without cable) is just 10.8mm thin. The full dimensions are a pocket sized 55 x 73.4 x 10.8mm. It also features a USB-C port that enables the users to store and share quickly with USB 3.1 speeds.

It’s is designed for all-terrain use as it’s drop-, shock-, vibration-resistant and comes with DataVault Lite software – an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption to help protect your essential files against corruption, loss, and deletion. The operating range of the unit is 0°C to 70°C – but can be stored safely between -40°C to 85°C.

“We are proud to announce the Lexar Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD, which is sleek, compact, and provides superior SSD-level performance at a competitive price. With professional photographers and videographers in mind, we created an SSD solution so they could travel at ease knowing their content is secure when compared with traditional hard drives,” said Joel Boquiren, Director of Global Marketing.

The Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD includes both USB Type-C to Type-C cable and USB Type-C to standard USB Type-A cable and is compatible with Mac OSX 10.6+, Windows 7/8/10, and standard USB ports.  It comes with a three-year limited warranty.

The Lexar Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD is available from April 15 at the following prices:

250GB $87.99 / £83

500GB €134.99 / £126

1TB $269.99 / £223

They are available for pre-order now at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.