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Transcend ESD230C

What’s in the Box

  • Transcend ESD230C
  • USB Cable Type-C to Type-C
  • USB Cable Type-C to Type-A

Design and Build Quality

Portable SSD is becoming more mainstream nowadays and it’s now capable of transfer speed that is comparable to an internal SSD thanks to the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface. Using SSD technology for external storage comes with many benefits. Firstly, because there are no moving parts within an SSD, you won’t have to worry as much if you were to drop your drive. In the past, any heavy impact on an external hard drive would be catastrophic, with data loss expected. SSDs are more reliable than HDDs. Design-wise, the ESD230C looks pretty much identical to its predecessor, the ESD220C. It features an ultra-compact enclosure that measures thinness of 9.6mm that makes it easy to be carried around in pockets.

Features

Read and write speeds have been impressive. Transferring over 10 gigs of data, using the USB 3.1, took about five to seven minutes. A 1.3GB data was transferred in a few eyes blinks. It is using SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface with UASP support and built-in SLC caching technology. Able to achieve exceptional transfer speeds of up to 520MB/s. Transcend’s unit came with a regular type A USB that ends with a type C, for desktop transfers. It also ships with a cable with both type Cs, which is great for thinner laptops that only have type C ports. Here are the one-touch-backup button and USB 3.1 Gen 2 port. Note – it needs free Transcend Elite software to backup.

Software

The Transcend Elite mobile app allows users to easily choose between the type of data to backup and automatically synchronizes the data onto the external SSD. You can use your system file manager App or download Transcend Elite App to back up or transfer the files from your phone.

Benchmark

CrystalDiskMark

ATTO-Disk-Benchmark

Specifications

ModelESD230C
Dimensions77 mm x 55.7 mm x 9.6 mm
Weight35g
ColorBlack
Connection InterfaceUSB 3.1 Gen 2
USB TypeUSB to USB-C/USB-C to USB-C
Flash Type3D NAND flash
Capacity240GB/480GB/960GB (cables included)
Read SpeedUp to 520 MB/s
Write SpeedUp to 460 MB/s
Warranty3-year Limited Warranty
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7/8/10 and Mac OS 10 or later

Conclusion

The Transcend ESD230C Portable SSD changes the way we think about portable SSDs. The benefits of a portable SSD outweighs everything that an HDD possesses, offering faster transfer speed while retaining the same convenient and features from its predecessor. It’s a product that is targeted at businessmen and office workers who need a fast, compact and feature-rich portable storage device for their fast-paced work in the corporate world. This tiny little device was indeed the seamless hub for the re-storage of Type-C devices.  If you have a USB Type-C device and plan to move content external storage.

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