Speed. Speed is the name of the game when you're dealing with large files. Whether you're a photographer dealing in raw photos, a videographer who needs some scratch storage, or a gamer who wants portable and speedy access to games, you want more than just space. The brand new Plugable 512GB Thunderbolt 3 NVMe solid state drive gives you the space you need, and compared to just about any other external drive out there it gives you unprecedented speed. Plus, right now it's $20 off its regular price when you clip the on-page coupon, so you're getting this new device for just $179 on Amazon.
Up to 2400 MB/s and 1800 MB/s read and write speeds. Powered by the USB connection. Requires Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. Works with Windows, Mac or Linux. Has three-year warranty.
Start with Thunderbolt 3 and its 40 Gbps speeds. This drive needs a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port to connect, and it won't work with non-Thunderbolt 3 ports. While that means you're limited to more modern machines, it also means you're getting the best possible connection. Since this is an NVMe SSD, the read and write speeds can reach as fast as 2400 MB/s and 1800 MB/s respectively. The drive is also powered by the port so you won't need an external power supply, which is nice.
The design includes a full metal body. It dissipates heat and protects your drive. Because this is an SSD and not a regular hard drive, there are no moving parts. That means it's not nearly as susceptible to vibrations, like from getting jostled around inside your backpack. It even comes with its own carrying bag so you can take the SSD with you wherever you go.
The drive is pre-formatted in exFAT, which means it'll work with Windows, Mac, and Linux. It'll only be compatible with more recently versions of the MacBook Pro, iMac, and MacBook Air. Anything older than 2016 is iffy, and Boot Camp is not supported. One nice thing about this wide compatibility and its plug-and-play functionality is that it can switch seamlessly between the platforms. The drive is also covered by a three-year warranty.
Is 512GB not enough space for you? Upgrade to the 2TB version of this drive. It's on sale for just $469 when you clip the $30 off on-page coupon. That's as low as the 2TB drive ever goes, so it's a great deal even if it costs a bit more.
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