PCR's guide to the latest HDDs and SSDs

A look at the latest hard drives available
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Analyst DRAMeXchange expects 256GB SSDs will move close to price parity with mainstream HDDs in 2016, so consumer adoption of SSDs should rise further.

We take a look at the latest hard drives available.

SANDISK EXTREME 500 PORTABLE SSD
Distributor: Hama
Offering high-performance multimedia storage for content such as photos and videos, the portable SanDisk Extreme SSD is capable of transfer speeds up to 415MB/s through USB 3.0 compatibility., and is small enough to slip into a bag.
Specs: 120GB, PC and Mac compatible, 75.69mm x 75.69mm x 10.67mm, USB 3.0.
SRP: £120

SANDISK SSD PLUS
Distributor: Hama
With sequential read speeds of up to 520MB/s, the SanDisk SSD Plus helps you to achieve the best performance from your laptop or desktop, allowing games, apps and media to load, run and transfer at better speeds.
Specs: 69.85mm x 100.5mm x 7mm, SATA Revision 3.0 (6 GB/s), shock resistant up to 1500G.
SRP: £60 (120GB), £100 (240GB)

CRUCIAL MX200 500GB
Distributor: Northamber
The Crucial MX200 delivers 555 MB/s sequential reads, and outperforms a typical hard drive by 400 MB/s. It has an endurance rating that’s up to five times greater than a typical client SSD.
Specs: 128KB read Up to 555 MB/s, Sequential 128KB, write up to 500 MB/s.
SRP: £116.99 Ex VAT

SAMSUNG SSD 950 PRO
Distributors: Northamber, Exertis, M2M Direct, Smithie UK
The Samsung 950 PRO boasts exceptional performance for professionals. The V-NAND-based NVMe SSD supports PCI Express Gen 3 x4 lanes, providing a higher bandwidth and lower latency to process more data than SATA SSDs.
Specs: Sequential 128KB read, up to 2,200MB/s, sequential 128KB write, up to 900MB/s.
SRP: £149.99 (256GB), £269.99 (512GB) – varies by distributor

WD BLACK/RED/PURPLE
Distributors: Exertis, Ingram Micro, Tech Data
WD Black 3.5-inch hard drives and 2.5- inch mobile drives are designed for enthusiasts; WD Red is for NAS systems that have one to five drive bays; WD Purple Surveillance Hard Drives are engineered for 24/7 HD security systems.
Specs: Available in 2TB to 6TB.
SRP: £69 to £259 (Black), £79 to £220 (Red), £82 to £259 (Purple)

TRANSCEND SSD370S
Distributor: Entatech
Transcend’s SSD370 SATA III 6G/s SSD boasts fast transfer speeds, large capacities of up to 1TB, a compact and lightweight design, shock and vibration resistance, and has a DevSleep mode for a lag-free experience on journeys.
Specs: 2.5-inch, MLC NAND flash, read speed 560MB/s, write speed 460MB/s.
SRP: £134.99 (512GB), £299.99 (1TB)

HYPERX PREDATOR PCIE SSD
Distributors: Entatech, Simms, Tech Data, Ingram Micro
Faster than SATA-based SSDs, this delivers speeds of up to 1,400MB/s read and 1,000MB/s write for ultra- responsive multitasking. It features a PCIe Gen 2.0 x4 interface for high performance.
Specs: PCIe Gen 2.0 x4 interface, 240GB and 480GB capacities, M.2 form factor.
SRP: £170 inc VAT

SEAGATE 4TB BACKUP PLUS PORTABLE
Distributor: CMS Distribution
The Seagate Backup Plus portable drive offers the mobility of a portable with the high capacity of a desktop drive. Under a sleek metal design lies 4TB of storage – twice the capacity of comparable 2.5-inch portable drives.
Specs: 4TB, USB 3.0.
SRP: £119.99 inc VAT

ADATA HD720 EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
Distributor: Entatech
The HD720 is an ultra durable, rugged external hard drive with a sporty design. It features a large storage capacity, and also undergoes stringent tests for waterproofing, dustproofing and shock resistance to provide protection of data.
Specs: USB 3.0, 2.5-inch drive, 9.79 cm (W) x 12.94 cm (D) x 2.02 cm.
SRP: £69.99 (1TB), £94.99 (2TB)

INTEL 750 SERIES
Distributors: Avnet, Tech Data, Ingram Micro, Hammer, Microtronica
Experience the future of storage performance for desktop client and workstation users with the Intel SSD 750 Series. It utilises NVM Express over four lanes of PCIe 3.0, and is available in add-in card and 2.5-inch form factors.
Specs: 400GB, 800GB and 1.2TB, up to 2,400MB/s sequential read speed and 1,200MB/s sequential write speeds.
SRP: Varies

ASUS TRAVELAIR N 1TB
Distributors: Spire Technology, VIP Computers
Designed as an external storage device for smartphones and tablets, the Travelair N creates its own Wi-Fi network for users to stream and share media files, or access stored documents wirelessly.
Specs: 1TB, 140 x 90 x 25.5 mm, USB 3.0, built-in SD card reader.
SRP: £99.99

SAMSUNG T1
Distributors: Exertis, M2M Direct, Smithie UK
The T1 is a compact portable SSD designed with V-NAND technology small enough to slide into your pocket, wallet or bag. Samsung has taken the performance of an internal SSD, with read/write speeds of up to 450 MB/s.
Specs: 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities, 71 x 9.2 x 53.2mm, up to 450MB/s transfer speeds.
SRP: £113.99 (250GB), £188.99 (500GB)

KINGSTON SSDNOW V310 DRIVE
Distributors: Entatech, Simms, Tech Data, Ingram Micro
Kingston’s SSDNow V310 solid-state drive dramatically improves the responsiveness of a system. It features a Phison 3108 controller and achieves read and write speeds of 450MB/s.
Specs: 2.5-inch drive, 450MB/s read and 450MB/s write speeds.
SRP: £290 inc VAT

INTEL S3500/S3510 SSDS
Distributors: Avnet, Tech Data, Ingram Micro, Hammer, Microtronica
The Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3500 / S3510 Series combines fast read performance with strong data protection to power video conferencing, big data analytics, cloud computing or virtual client applications.
Specs: 75,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS), low read latencies of 50 μs typical.
SRP: Varies

SEAGATE GAME DRIVE FOR XBOX
Distributor: CMS Distribution
This full hard drive for the Xbox One console boosts its storage capacity. The Seagate Game Drive is the only external hard drive designed exclusively for Xbox One or Xbox 360.
Specs: 2TB, includes USB 3.0 cable, backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
SRP: £79.99 inc VAT

SANDISK 480GB ULTRA II SSD
Distributor: CMS Distribution
Consumers can increase their PC’s performance up to 28 times with an upgrade to the SanDisk Ultra II SSD. They can enjoy no-wait boot up and shorter application load and data transfer times than a traditional hard drive can deliver.
Specs: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities.
SRP: £79.99 inc VAT

CONTACT
Avnet ........................... 01344 355 800
CMS Distribution ........01423 70 4700
Entatech......................03331011000
Exertis IT.......................01256 707070
Hama UK...................... 0333 123 4262
Hammer.......................01256 841 000
Ingram Micro...............08719733000
M2M Direct..................020 8676 6067
Microtronica................ 0118 963 3805
Northamber ................020 8296 7066
Simms...........................01622852800
Smithie UK....................01256 844028
Spire Technology.........01202 828444
Tech Data ....................01256 788 000
VIP Computers............08716227500

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