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This tiny new SSD could be the perfect stocking stuffer

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Now that's portable.
Now that's portable.
Photo: Sabrent

Just ahead the holidays, Sabrent offered a new set of solid state drives (SSD) that could be a perfect little gift for any techie on your list — the updated Sabrent Rocket Nano V2.

The redesigned version, no larger than a “fun-sized” candy bar, supports fast data transfer speeds and can store up to 4TB. And they can fit in someone’s pocket.

This tiny 1 TB SSD connects to all your computers [Review]

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OWC Envoy Pro mini review
OWC Envoy Pro mini is both a small thumbdrive and a powerful external SSD.
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The OWC Envoy Pro mini is a small external SSD with both USB-C and USB-A connectors so it works with Mac and iPad but also Windows, Android and more. It’s rugged, fast and comes with up to 1TB of storage.

I ran the tiny drive through a battery of tests. It passed with flying colors.

Rugged enclosure easily converts SSDs into external Mac drives [Review] ★★★★★

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Satechi USB-C Aluminum Tool-Free Enclosure review: For M.2 NVMe or SATA SSD★★★★★
Easily turn an M.2 NVMe or SATA SSD into a drive for your Mac or iPad with this enclosure from Satechi.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Satechi USB-C Aluminum Tool-Free Enclosure allows M.2 PCIe NVMe and SATA solid state drives to be easily added to a Mac or iPad. The rugged enclosure includes a USB-C port for wide compatibility.

I installed an SSD into Satechi’s enclosure and tested it in my home office. It was as simple as one could hope.

Easily add external SSD to Mac with new Satechi drive enclosure

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Easily add external SSD to Mac with new Satechi drive enclosure
Increase your available storage with an SSD and the Satechi USB-C Aluminum Tool-Free Enclosure.
Photo: Satechi

The Satechi USB-C Aluminum Tool-Free Enclosure allows M.2 PCIe NVMe and SATA solid state drives to be easily added to a Mac. Place the SSD in the rugged enclosure and it’s ready to plug into a laptop or desktop’s USB-C port.

The accessory launched Tuesday and is available to purchase now.

OWC’s rugged, waterproof SSD with Thunderbolt expands to 4TB capacity

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OWC Envoy Pro FX was unveiled at CES 2021.
The OWC Envoy Pro FX portable SSD is designed for the urban jungle or a chaotic movie set.
Photo: OWC

The OWC Envoy Pro FX is a very rugged external SSD that previously topped out at 2TB, but is now available with 4TB of storage capacity.

The solid state drive is dustproof, drop-proof, and waterproof. It’s compatible with Mac, iPad, and many other devices. Plus, it supports Thunderbolt as well as USB connections.

This 2TB portable SSD holds all your data for less than $30 [Back in stock]

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This external hard drive works great.
This no-frills external hard drive is on sale.
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Cloud storage is great, but like any technology, it has a time and place. When you want guaranteed storage that doesn’t require an internet connection to access, what you really need is a good external drive.

This 2TB portable SSD keeps your data close and your devices unclogged. And for a limited time, it costs just $29.99.

BTW, that price is so unbelievably low that this SSD quickly sold out the last time we offered it. But it’s back in stock now … while supplies (and this deal) last!

Case X protects your MacBook while adding extra storage and ports

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Case X protects your MacBook while adding extra storage and ports. It's three accessories in one.
Case X from Byrdbyte Creations is three MacBook accessories in one.
Photo: Byrdbyte Creations

There are cases for MacBooks. And there are USB-C hubs. And external hard drives, too. Case X is all three of these. It clips to the top of the laptop, adding six extra ports and up to 4TB of additional storage.

Byrdbyte Creations’ product is still at the crowdfunding stage, though.

Unlock Kingston’s newest SSD with its built-in touchscreen

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Unlock Kingston's newest SSD with its built-in touchscreen
Tap in a password directly onto the touchscreen of Kingston's new IronKey external SSD.
Photo: Kingston

The Kingston IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD includes a touchscreen and hardware encryption to protect user data. Unlock the XTS-AES 256-bit encryption by tapping in a password or numeric passcode onto the touchscreen.

It’s available in capacities up to 1920 GB.

Rugged new Samsung T7 Shield SSD survives drops, rain and dust

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Rugged new Samsung T7 Shield SSD survives rain, drops and dust
The Samsung T7 Shield is rugged enough to be used outdoors... but you don't have to.
Photo: Samsung

The Samsung T7 Shield is a a credit-card size external SSD intended for outdoor content creators or travelers. It’s drop, water and dust resistant, and offers up to 2TB of capacity.

This new rugged version joins other SSDs in the Samsung T7 line.