Thursday, 01 October 2020 23:44

WD's new line of SanDisk Extreme and Pro, with two drives offering nearly 2x the performance

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WD says its new SanDisk portable SSD "offer great speed and durability to help consumers move rich content with ease, including two drives offering nearly 2x speeds over the previous generation".

Western Digital, also known as WD, has released a portfolio of new SanDisk portable SSDs.

The comapany says it is "building on its reputation for offering solutions that are trusted by professionals" with its new SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme PRO models, which are "purpose-built to keep up with today’s high-quality content demands and offer nearly 2x the speed over previous generations".

To complement this portfolio, WD is "also releasing the new SanDisk Portable SSD that offers an affordable price without sacrificing performance", with the drives aim ed "rofessional photographers, videographers and enthusiasts" who "capture and keep life’s best moments every day" and thus "need reliable solutions that perform on the move at astonishing speeds".

Capacities are "up to 2TB" in the two new NVMe Extreme and Extreme Pro drives, and "are perfect for creating amazing content or capturing and moving incredible 4K and 8K footage with ease".

The flagship SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD features a forged aluminium chassis made to stay cool under the pressure of a heavy workload and a durable silicone design to withstand the rigours of production, while "the drives also help keep content safe with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption".

Tyler Stableford, SanDisk Extreme Team member, said: "When every second counts, I need fast and powerful solutions that work as quickly as I do. I rely on SanDisk SSDs to keep up with my creativity.

“As an artist, speed is one of my greatest strengths, and I know with the SanDisk line of SSDs, I can get the job done with greater efficiency and capacity, and I never have to worry about running out of memory wherever the job takes me.”

Rugged and Powerful SSD Performance

Designed with professionals in mind, WD says its new SanDisk Portable SSDs were "built to reliably handle the most challenging assignments – whether at home, in the office or out on location. The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is a great go-to drive for those who need more memory and a durable and fast drive, while the SanDisk Extreme PRO was built for an avid pro who needs even, sustained performance and a drive that can go anywhere. The SanDisk Portable SSD is an excellent option for anyone looking to upgrade to SSD speeds".

Brian Pridgeon, WD's director of marketing for its Consumer Solutions said: "For our customers, life is an adventure and they rely on us to raise the bar across our portfolio when it comes to delivering powerful solutions to consumers and professionals alike.

“The SanDisk brand is trusted by professional photographers worldwide, which is why we continue to focus on pushing our offerings to perform at the highest level. We broadened our offerings, amped up the speeds and used robust materials in our designs to handle the best shots and the most demanding jobs.”

Here are the key features:

SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD

  • Save time storing and transferring data with powerful NVMe solid state performance featuring up to 2000MB/s read and up to 2000MB/s write speeds.
  • A forged aluminium chassis acts as a heatsink to deliver higher sustained speeds in a portable form factor.
  • Up to two-meter drop protection and an IP55 rating make the drive tough enough to take on any adventure. The drive’s forged aluminium chassis and silicone shell design offer a premium feel and added protection.
  • Compatible with a range of USB Type-C smartphones.
  • Helps keep private content private with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

  • Get NVMe solid state performance featuring up to 1050MB/s read and up to 1000MB/s write speeds in a portable, high-capacity drive that’s perfect for creating amazing content or capturing incredible footage.
  • For added durability, the drive features up to two-meter drop protection and IP55 water and dust resistance.
  • Durable silicone shell that offers a premium feel and added protection to the drive’s exterior.
  • Compatible with a range of USB Type-C smartphones.
  • Helps keep private content private with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

SanDisk Portable SSD

  • Features fast speeds with solid state performance with 520MB/s read speeds.
  • Great, affordable solution to back up content and memories and fits seamlessly into your mobile lifestyle.
  • Up to two-meter drop protection means this durable drive can go along on any adventure.
  • Helps keep private content private with SecureAccess.
  • Ready to move, consumers can use the handy carabiner loop to secure the drives to a belt loop or backpack for extra peace of mind. The new drives are compatible with PC and Mac computers.

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Extreme PRO and SanDisk Extreme Portable SSDs are backed by a five-year limited warranty4 and the SanDisk Portable SSD is backed by a three-year limited warranty4. All three drives will be available in selected capacities starting 30th November at selected retailers and etailers including Officeworks, Amazon, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi.

  • The SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD has an RRP of A$399 for 1TB and $749 for 2TB.
  • The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD has an RRP of A $189 for 500GB, $319 for 1TB, and $629 for 2TB.
  • The SanDisk Portable SSD has an RRP of A$149 for 480GB, $269 for 1TB and $529 for 2TB.


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