We have another USB 3.2 gen 2 portable solid state drive, so what sets this one apart for all the others? Well first off it has been designed to be more rugged as you have a silicone rubber housing around the drive itself. This allows for the drive to be waterproof, shockproof, and crush-proof. Knowing this you won’t be worried if you are out on a hike and it starts raining or you accidentally drop the drive. No one wants to have all of their precious data destroyed.
The rubber housing also serves as a holder for the included USB cable. So many times I’ve left the house and forgot my USB-C cable. With the SV100 that is not a problem as long as you remember to put the cable in the cable slot. It would have been nice to see the cable directly connected to the drive using the cable slot so you really would never forget it. Another thing that is nice about the rubber housing is that it makes the drive easier to handle and it will stay in place on your desk.
The only real downside to the rubber housing is that it makes the drive larger than what it would normally be. So this is not the smallest portable solid state drive that we’ve reviewed, but it is still definitely pocketable.
With USB 3.2 gen 2 you are basically going to double the speed you had with USB 3.2 gen 1. ORICO rated this drive with read and write speeds of 940 MB/s and in our testing it performed right up to those specifications, even beating them in some tests. That means that this drive would be perfect for a mobile editing drive for photo and video, a game drive, or just a super-fast drive for transferring data.
Right now the 512GB version of the drive is selling at our favorite online retailer for $159.99. This price seems high to us as 512GB versions of the ADATA SE800 and Sabrent Rocket Nano are $89-100. Overall ThinkComputers gives the ORICO SV100 Portable Solid State Drive an 8 out of 10 score.
– Waterproof, shockproof & crush-proof
– Speeds up to 940 MB/s
– Housing has a cable holder
– Both Type-A and Type-C cables included.
– Other USB 3.2 gen 2 drives are around $60 cheaper
– Wish cable holder would plug directly into the drive