Many of the USB 3.2 gen 2 portable solid state drives we’ve tested lately are very similar in performance, which means when choosing it it really comes down to form factor and other features. This is one of the smallest drives that we’ve tested so it is going to be ideal for people on the go. Its form factor makes it easily pocketable and it is small enough to fit in even the smallest laptop bag / sleeves. The drive is also made of aluminum, so it is protected quite well.
When it comes to performance this drive performs right up to the advertised speeds of 1000 MB/s. In CrystalDiskMark we saw read speeds of 1029.10 MB/s and 985 MB/s write. That type of speed is thanks to the USB 3.2 gen 1 connection on the drive. Adding the Rocket Nano into a workflow will not slow things down at all, I actually use it as my editing drive for 4K video. If you are just using the Rocket Nano to transfer files you’ll definitely notice a difference in transfer times over a typical flash drive or even a normal portable hard drive.
Another thing that I like about this drive is that when you get it, it is formatted as exFAT, which means you can use it on Windows, Mac, and Linux. So you don’t need to buy a “Mac” version of this if you plan to use it on Mac. It just makes things easier for the consumer.
Right now the 512GB version of the drive is selling at our favorite online retailer for $109.99, which we feel is very fair. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Sabrent Rocket Nano Portable Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score.
– Excellent performance around 1000 MB/s
– Super-small design
– Made of aluminum
– Comes with both Type-A and Type-C cables
– Comes formatted exFAT
– No software included