It’s hard to believe that something small enough to fit in the palm of your hand can provide 1TB of ultrafast data storage, but Lexar claims to have accomplished just that with the new SL100 Pro portable SSD. According to Lexar, it can deliver read speeds of up to 950 MB/s and write speeds almost as good at 900 MB/s. For those of you that don’t know, that’s like inventing the first warp drive for portable data storage. To put it into perspective, Samsung’s T5 portable SSD delivers about half of that speed at best. The only downside to Lexar’s SL100 so far is the fact that you can only get 1TB of storage. The Samsung T5 can be purchased with storage up to 2TB. And, despite the fact that it’s small, it’s still not as rugged as LaCie’s Xtreme Key 128 GB portable drive either.
To achieve the outrageous read and write speeds offered by Lexar’s new SL100 SSD, you’ll need to have a second-gen USB 3.1 USB port. And, that’s even if you want to come close as we’ve yet to see any portable SSD hit these speeds. Lexar, however, is quite accommodating and includes a USB Type-C cable and a Type-C to Type-A adapter. The SL100 has a built-in USB-C port, but with the included adapters, you should be able to connect it to any modern computer.
Of course, it should be pointed out that Lexar isn’t kidding when it calls the SL100 Pro portable. This thing measure just 2.165×2.89×0.425 inches. That’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and, perhaps, the watch pocket on some jeans. It’s really that portable. Pricing for the Lexar SL100 Pro ranges from $99.99 for the 250GB model up to $279.99 for the 1TB model. It’s not exactly inexpensive, mind you, but it is competitively priced when you consider the Samsung T5 lists for $249.99 (or around $200 if you find the right channel on Amazon.) The Lexar SL100 Pro should go on sale by the end of April 2019 at which point we’ll learn about official MSRP and street pricing. It is backed by a three-year warranty so you will be able to rest easy in that regard.
Lexar SL100 Pro Pricing
- Lexar SL100 Pro 1TB—$279.99
- Lexar SL100 Pro 500GB—$149.99
- Lexar SL100 Pro 250GB—$99.99