Product on Review: Crucial X8 Portable SSD
500GB: GBP £109.19 / USD $119.95
1TB: GBP £149.99 / USD $164.95
Crucial, a Micron company, have been delivering competitively priced, high-performance NAND flash and DRAM products for over 20 years and today we look at their latest external SSD, the Crucial X8 Portable SSD. Crucial aim to use all of their expertise to deliver a safe, fast product at a great value price.
When it comes to backing up your data, or transporting files, relying on hard drives has a few drawbacks, chief amongst which are their susceptibility to drop/vibration damage, and their relatively slow speeds. Those two weaknesses can be improved upon largely by solid state storage, where the Crucial X8 can excel.
Offering the drive in 500GB and 1TB capacities, with speeds up to 1050MB/s in both directions, the drive can be used for modestly-sized backups, as a Steam drive to take round to a friend’s or just for transferring files at speeds way in excess of what a typical USB flash drive is capable of.
Thanks to the aluminium shell and rubber caps, the Crucial X8 also looks great and offers a degree of physical protection of your data, and you can even have it in any colour you want, as long as it’s black.
The Crucial X8 offers support for the PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, Chromebook and iPad Pro, making this a truly versatile backup/storage device.
The 500GB is priced at £109.19/$119.95, with the 1TB model coming in at £149.99/$164.95. There’s plenty of competition in this segment, so let’s see how it compares to the likes of the SAMSUNG T7 Touch and SanDisk Extreme Pro.
Crucial on the X8 Portable SSD:
Protect your memories with the Crucial X8 Portable SSD — back up important photos, videos, and documents with up to 1TB capacity. Expand storage on your PS4™, Xbox One, iPad Pro, Android device, or simply free up space on your computer quickly with speeds up to 1050MB/s.1,2 The Crucial X8 runs up to 1.8x faster than other portable SSDs and up to 7.5x faster than portable HDDs.1 Store with confidence on the Crucial X8.