At the end of the day Titanium Micro has a really great drive in their Mercury. The thing that really sets this drive apart from others is its rugged design with both MIL-STD-810 shockproof and IP6X dust and water resistant ratings. This is really a drive that can take a beating and still protect your data. I’ve seen people run this drive over with a car and even submerge it in water and it keeps on ticking. So if you are doing any type of outdoor activity you really shouldn’t have to worry about losing your data if it is on the Mercury.
Another thing I really like about this drive is that the USB cable is built into the drive. So many times I’ve forgot to pack a cable for my portable drive, with the Mercury it is always there. The design of the drive also allows for the cable to really be tucked away and as I mentioned while the drive is a bit larger it can still fit in your pocket.
In terms of speed this is a USB 3.2 gen 2 drive so you should expect speeds around 1000 MB/s for both the read and write and in our testing it performed right up to those specifications. We did not really notice any issues in terms of performance with the drive. It will be interesting to see if Titanium Micro comes out with a USB 3.2 gen 2×2 version of the drive, which would essentially double the speed.
Right now you can pick up the 2TB version of this drive at our favorite online retailer for $269.99, which puts it on the high side of 2TB portable drives. The more rugged design and IP6X ratings factor into that, but for example the 2TB SanDisk Extreme Portable is $239.99, the Samsung T7 is $219.99, while the LaCie Rugged SSD is $479.99. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Titanium Micro Mercury 2TB Portable Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score.
– Built in the USA
– MIL-STD-810 shockproof and IP6X dust and water resistant
– Performs up to specifications
– Fixed USB cable (great for traveling)
– You can replace the drive inside (voids warranty though)
– Larger than other portable drives out there