Model: Crucial X8 1TB Portable Solid State Drive
Provided By: Crucial
Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc., one of the largest memory and flash storage manufacturers in the world. The company's product lineup includes award-winning solid state drives (SSDs) and computer memory upgrades (DRAM) for more than 50,000 systems. These products have been qualified and approved by major original equipment manufacturers and every single module has been rigorously tested at the component and module level. Each SSD also undergoes over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing and hundreds of qualification tests to ensure optimal reliability and performance.
This past fall, Crucial launched its first portable SSD, the X8. Manufactured to be durable, rugged and compact, this lightweight, pocket-sized SSD is built with a unibody core of anodized aluminum and can withstand accidental drops of up to 7.5 feet. On the inside, the X8 is powered by Silicon Motion's SM2263EN controller and is available with up to 1TB of Micron's 3D QLC NAND flash. It is also equipped with a USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface which lets users save or load files up to 1.8x faster than most portable SSDs and 7.5x faster than portable hard drives. To top it all off, the X8 works with PCs, Macs, iPad Pros and Chromebooks as well as game consoles like the PS4 and Xbox.
The X8 is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities. For this review, Crucial sent us the 1TB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 1050 MB/s sequential read speeds.
|Crucial X8 1TB Portable Solid State Drive|
Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the X8 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Crucial's first portable SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the X8 have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Crucial? Keep reading as we find out.