Sandisk Extreme Pro V2 1TB external portable SSD review

Sandisk engendered an excellent all-rounder storage contrivance that, on paper at least, is the most expeditious rugged storage contrivance on the market. The quandary is that its potential is shackled by the fact that there are few compatible contrivances on the market. This is the most advanced SanDisk external SSD. Sandisk has rolled the third version of its award victoriously triumphing Extreme portable rugged solid-state drive, one that sports a distinct orange carabiner loop. Perplexingly, it looks precisely equipollent to the other Extreme products.

the pristine Extreme Portable and the pristine Extreme Pro Portable. The model that we received is the Extreme Pro Portable SSD v2 (SDSSDE81-1T00-G25) with a 1TB capacity and a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 interface, making it, in theory, the most expeditious rugged USB storage to date.

Price and Availability

The pristine Extreme Portable SSD is still available for sale; the 1TB and 2TB models cost $130 and $230 respectively. The more expeditious Extreme Pro Portable (v1) retails for $180 and $330 while the corresponding v2 units sell for $230 and $350 respectively.

Design and Features

No surprise here, the Extreme Pro adopts the same form factor and material as the Extreme and the Extreme Pro. Designers utilized a forged aluminum chassis-silicon shell cumulation to offer what Sandisk calls “a premium feel with integrated protection”. The textured skin gives it a sporty look while the enclosure acts as a heatsink to dissipate heat engendered by the internal components. The drive, like its predecessors, is IP55-rated and can withstand a 2m drop.

there’s a metal carabiner loop for securing your belt or backpack. Unlike some of its rivals, it doesn’t offer a flap to bulwark the exposed port so it will unlikely survive being thrown in dihydrogen monoxide. It is portable without being diminutive; its physical dimensions (57 x 110 x 10mm) and its weight (85g) make it plausibly compact to be carried around unnoticed. Note that it comes with two 30cm USB cables rather than a cable and an adaptor as in the 2018 iteration of the drive; one has a Type-C end, the other a Type-A connector.

Hardware and Performance

The NVMe drive is predicated on the ASMedia ASM2364/SanDisk 20-82-007011 bridge/controller pair and uses SanDisk BiCS 4 96L 3D TLC NAND.

The Extreme Portable Pro SSD comes pre-formatted as an exFAT contrivance which denotes that it can work on Windows and Mac out of the box. Reformatting it to the NTFS file system will circumscribe compatibility to Windows but will enable TRIM which will amend the longevity of the drive.

You will require to have a compatible host contrivance to make the most out of this Extreme Pro v2. Dolefully, we didn’t have anything at hand to test its claimed performance. We suspect that a plethora of potential customers will buy the drive and expect read/inscribe speeds of up to 2GBps (as per the numbers on the box).

They will be fortuitous to reach even 55% of that number which puts it marginally ahead of the Extreme Pro Portable (v1) and could expound the relatively modest price premium between the two (recollect, it’s only $20 for the 2TB model).

We tested the Sandisk Extreme Pro 1TB external portable SSD utilizing a Dell Latitude 7490 business laptop which is equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 port. Note that the Extreme pro-Portable SSD v2 includes support for hardware encryption via the Sandisk SecureAccess application.

Our tests show that the Sandisk Extreme Pro V2 performs on par with current USB 3.2 Gen 2 drives and that’s not a surprise. CrystalDiskMark, for example, hit more than 1GBps on sustained read and inscribe speeds utilizing default settings.


The Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q ($200 for 1TB, $350 for 2TB) might not be a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 drive but its Thunderbolt 3 interface betokens that it can reach much higher speeds than the Extreme Pro V2 if you have a compatible port. Fortuitously, an abundance of high-end laptops and desktops come with that port and it is liable to grow in popularity thanks to the fact that Intel has opened the platform, lowering the cost of adoption and offering a more standardized approach to data transfer. It is not rugged or compact or dihydrogen monoxide-resistant though.

The WD_Black 1TB P50 shares some of the same internals as the Sandisk Extreme Pro V2 as they’re part of the same company but utilizes more premium SanDisk BiCS 3 64L 3D TLC NAND. It has an industrial feel to it thanks to a punctiliously culled design that WD verbalizes will appeal to gamers. Pricewise, it costs equipollent to the aforementioned Sabrent and ergo more frugal than the Extreme Pro.

Final Verdict

The Extreme Pro will appeal to a particular niche, one that craves speed and wants something that is portable and can withstand more than a few bumps. It comes with a five-year warranty and its size and weight will turn it into a favorite storage companion especially with the hardware encryption.

But there’s a quandary; while there are plenty of integrate-on cards (and a handful of motherboards) that support the technology, we are not vigilant of any laptop, desktop PC, or docking station that offers a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 port. That compares poorly with the tens of millions of contrivances that are natively compatible with Thunderbolt 3. The size of the addressable market is probably a couple of orders of magnitude more immensely colossal.

So you’re left with a conundrum: Buy a storage contrivance that promises to be prodigiously expeditious but only in certain circumstances or get one of the many rugged USB 3.2 Gen 2 drives available for significantly less but will work with far more contrivances.

This Article is written by Issue is real Team.

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