While cloud storage is wonderful, we don’t always have internet access nor the data needed to synchronise our hefty files to the cloud.

While we often opt for cheaper HDD drives, over the years we have found that one errant tumble can mean disaster for your files. Thankfully solid state drives are now a feature of external storage solutions and they offer speed and reliability at an affordable price.

Transcend’s ESD350C portable SSD is such a drive.

The drive itself is protected by a silicone rubber case offering shock resistance and ultimately, durability.

In terms of speed the ESD350C is as fast as they come. The drive boasts a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface which supports the UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol). This translates into transfer speeds of up to 1 050MB/s.

That means that a 20GB file shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds to transfer.

While the outer layer of the drive is able to take a knock, the inside of the drive is similarly specc’d out.

The drive is housed in an aluminium alloy which allows for better heat dissipation and protection. Transcend has also equipped the drive with a dynamic thermal throttling mechanism to ensure that even when you’re asking the most of the drive it performs as you expect it to.

For added convenience, Transcend includes USB Type A and USB Type C cables in the box. These, in addition to support for USB OTG (On the go) means that you can connect the ESD350C to a console or even your smartphone to increase storage.

To assist with this, the Transcend Elite software for macOS, Windows and Android allows you to manage your data, backup and restore data and even encrypt your files. For users of cloud storage, Transcend Elite can be configured to back up your files to the cloud as and when you need it.

The Transcend ESD350C is available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB variants and comes with a three-year limited warranty.

To find out more visit the official Transcend website.

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