Sony enters the “rugged” portable SSD space with what promise to be some of the toughest and fastest available
posted Friday, April 5, 2019 at 4:33 PM EST
In a space typically dominated by LaCie and G-Technology, a surprise challenger has decided to enter the ring. Today, Sony announced two new external SSD drives: the high-performance SL-M series and the standard compact SL-C series. These external SSD drives boast what Sony bills as "ultra-toughness and high-speed" while also sporting hardware encryption and new utility software. The new drives are aimed at photographers and videographers providing them the peace of mind to know that their data is safe even in challenging environments.
The SL-M series and SL-C series both feature an innovative one-piece aluminum body with an omni-directional shockproof construction that provides the user with a sense of security when it comes to storing data. With an IP67 rating, both series are dustproof and waterproof and feature a USB Type-C port that is waterproof even without a sealing cap. Data is also protected even if dropped in up to 3 feet of water. These external SSD drives are highly durable and can withstand pressure of up to 6000kgf and bending of up to 2000kgf meaning that the user need not worry about carrying alongside other, heavier equipment. Additionally, the SL-M series and SL-C series are impact proof, withstanding drops from up to 9 feet.
Both the SL-M series and SL-C series have a wave-surface aluminum body providing slip free grip along with an easy-to-find silver and yellow design. Plus, both models feature a conveniently placed LED so it’s easy to see, as well as rubber bands to hold ID labels in place and label stickers to identify different drives.
The high performance SL-M series has a quoted read and write speed of up to 1000MB/s, which is incredible given the competitor's products in non-Thunderbolt SSDs. The standard compact SL-C series has a still-impressive 540MB/s read speed and 520MB/s write speed. Both series also feature a USB 3.1 Gen 2 (USB Type-CTM) interface and the SL-M series is able to achieve incredible high speeds with NVMe SSD technology. Thanks to the latest SSD controller for both models, users can enjoy constant high speed even when working with extremely large data files that are copied or overwritten many times. These ultra-fast speeds make professional workflow more efficient, whether you want to process high resolution photos or 4K videos, duplicate original files to another device or edit a lot of images at once.
These external SSD drives include four helpful features to make sure that your data is always safe:
- First, with password protection, data can be secured with hardware encryption providing AES 256-bit encryption without any speed decline.
- Second, dual password protection is supported on the SSD Utility app which is free to download. The owner (administrator) can share the locked drive with other users using just the user password, without having to reveal the administrator password. Plus, with cross platform compatibility, users can set a password to lock from a Mac then open from Windows PCs or Android smartphones, and vice versa.
- Third, the Lifetime Checker, also available on the SSD Utility app, helps check the condition of the storage drive so the user can be prepared when they’re reaching their limit. Through the SSD Utility app, updates or upgrades can be applied to keep the device working perfectly.
- Fourth, file rescue software helps to reduce fear over losing precious data. Accidentally deleted files including RAW or high-resolution videos may be recovered, giving the user greater peace of mind.
Both models with be available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB storage capacities. The SL-M series and SL-C series will be available from summer 2019 and pricing is to be confirmed at a later date.