What you need to know
- Western Digital's SanDisk brand has announced a new high-capacity and high-speed storage solution.
- The new modular SSD storage can be used at the office or on the move.
- Individual mag storage options range from 1TB to 4TB.
Videographers, photographers, and anyone else who generates a ton of data now have a new option in the world of mass storage. Western Digital has announced a new modular SSD ecosystem that is designed for high levels of storage both in the office and on the move.
The new PRO-BLADE system comes in three parts; an NVMe SSD mag, a portable SSD enclosure for when you're on the go, and a desk-based version for keeping on a desk in the office or at home.
Starting with the PRO-BLADE SSD Mag (opens in new tab), the storage comes in capacities ranging from 1TB to 4TB and will ship next month. Pricing is reasonable, with that 4TB option costing $599.99.
You'll need something to put that SSD Mag into, of course, and that's where the PRO-BLADE TRANSPORT (opens in new tab) comes into play. The portable enclosure offers connectivity via USB-C at up to 20Gbps and can be bought empty or with storage attached. The empty version costs $69.99 and will again be ready for sale next month.
The desk-based version, dubbed the PRO-BLADE STATION, won't be available until later this year and no pricing has been announced as yet. We do know that it'll connect via Thunderbolt 3 and be designed specifically for real-time video editing all the way up to 12K. Expect this one to be pricey!
It's clear that these products are designed with a very specific audience in mind and for those people these products could be among the best Mac storage options available. They even manage to look pretty great, something storage solutions aren't always capable of. We'll just need to see the price of the PRO-BLADE STATION to make a final judgment on that. There's no doubt one of these things would look pretty sweet sat beside a new Mac Studio, though!
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
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