The best affordable USB-C SSDs for MacBook Air

Comparing six 2018 MacBook Air SSDs. Which is best? Full post:
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Glyph Atom SSD:
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23 Comments on The best affordable USB-C SSDs for MacBook Air

  1. Ok, one level deeper… I am always on adventure travel. I’m actually on the market now for a portable SSD. I have a 4TB Lacie for one backup but need a second. I’m off to Everest Base Camp Trek shortly and then a 25,000 km motorcycle trip through the worst parts of the opposite end of the world — as it relates to being hard travel — consider this very hard, dusty, wet… Which SSD unit would you take with you? I see the Samsung as a nice unit to take to the office or on a trip to Europe in a nice hotel… I’m not doing that — think about the person who puts these items through the worst conditions. Thanks.

    • Nah, although normally have very little time on my travels during the days — tech time at night is built in to me.

  2. How’s read and write speed hold up after the buffer is filled? The speed on my T5 drop significantly during copying multi-hundred gigs of data.

  3. Regarding the Sandisk’s “opposite” to the glyph’s drive. Being lighter doesn’t make it less durable. Especially regarding falls. It’s better to be light as it will hit the ground with lower speed. Also plastic with rubber will hold better to hits than just metal.
    Suggestion, please when showing graphs/bars/numbers stop with the zooming of the picture. I don’t want movement when I am trying to check many different numbers and compare them. Yes the video can be paused, but what’s the point of moving the picture in the first place?
    Also the bars are a bit off or is it just me? For example at 04:15 showing the Blackmagic disk test, the Sandisk has 459 write speed compared to the rest which are about 10 MB/s faster, yet the bar is HALF of theirs. I mean…FFS! That’s a stupid way of making/presenting graphs.

    Other than these IMO stupid “mistakes”, interesting video thank you for sharing.

    What all these drives lack for me are two things. First, some type of port cap/protector. Second, some type of internal removable/detachable USB cable/port so that if you happen to forget to bring the cable with you, no problem it comes with one!
    I am not talking about permanently attached cable, that could be a no no.

    • Dude I totally agree with the argument that being lighter doesn’t equal lower durability, but last I checked my high school physics, speed of a falling object has nothing to do with its mass… You probably meant that the Sandisk, being lighter, would have a lower kinetic energy upon impact when falling.

  4. every damn video “reminds” the viewer to Like, Sub, and hit the Bell. Do people still not know about those things by now?

  5. Hey, thanks for a video! I would like to point out that some graphs might be misleading. For example write speeds – Sandisk on the graph looks like it is 25% slower than Glyph, but in fact it is only about 3% slower

  6. Thanks Jeff for this breakdown. I just invested in a 2018 Macbook Pro 15″. So I’m new to the USB-C community and eco system. I would be curious to see a video that really explains what makes SSD drives preferable to other types of external drives: stability/reliability, read/wite speed, etc?

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