Seagate Fast SSD Hands-on
If you want to transfer large files from one PC to another or just carry those with you wherever you go, the common solution is to use a portable HDD. The problem with these drives though is that they’re relatively slow and susceptible to shocks and drops. So what’s the solution? Well, you can get a portable SSD instead. One good example is the Seagate Fast SSD.
The Seagate Fast SSD is a tiny yet sleek-looking device that comes in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. Our unit is the 250GB model.
It has a squarish body with a modern look. Most of the body is made of plastic with a textured finish, while the top where the Seagate branding is placed, is made of metal. It’s minimalistic and only has a USB-C port and LED indicator at the bottom. It only comes in one color though, which is sad.
It’s small, just a bit bigger than your palm, but is thin and very light. We can even place it in our shirt pocket with ease. If you put it in your bag, you won’t even feel that it’s there.
The package comes with the unit itself, a quick start guide, and two cables: Type-C and Type-C to Type-A. It would have been nicer though if it included a pouch.
The Seagate Fast SSD is compatible with Windows and Mac. We were also able to use it on our Huawei Mate 10 Pro so Android support is there, which is cool. When it comes to features, it has a Seagate Toolkit: backup and mirroring software which automatically monitors your target folder for any file additions, deletions or changes and the Fast SSD will back it up with the latest. It also comes with a 2-month complimentary membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which is nice if you like using the service.
As for its performance, Seagate claims maximum sequential read/write speeds of 540/500 MB/s. Using Crystal Disk Mark, we’re getting maximum read speeds of 432.9 MB/s. ATTO Disk Benchmark got us 438.14 MB/s, while AS SSD Benchmark got us 421.50 MB/s.
We also tested transferring large files from our PC, which also carries an SSD, and we were getting speeds of 206 MB/s, which is not bad, and was able to transfer a 10.83GB file in under a minute.
All-in-all, the Seagate Fast SSD is a great storage companion for those who are looking for something that is not only capable of storing large files but also fast enough to keep up with demanding workloads like video and photo editing or heavy file management.
The Seagate Fast SSD is available in the Philippines with the following SRPs:
• STCM250400 250GB – PHP 5,699
• STCM500401 500GB – PHP 8,099
• STCM1000400 1TB – PHP 17,399
• STCM2000400 2TB – PHP 36,199