Transcend ESD200 Portable SSD (256GB) - Flash in Your Pocket

Launch SRP: S$408

Results - CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 Results

Looking at the CrystalDiskMark, we can see that the Transcend ESD200 is faster in all respects than the Seagate Backup Plus and Imation Apollo Expert M300. Both sequential read and write speeds were significantly faster as were its speeds at handling smaller data blocks of 512K and 4K. In fact, on the most intensive 4k, queue depth 32 workload, while the Seagate and Imation drives could only muster a maximum speed of around 1 MB/s, the Transcend ESD200 recorded 20 and 14 MB/s on both read and write operations respectively.

Compared to the older Kingston HyperX Max 3.0, read performance was generally pretty comparable, but the Kingston had noticeably better write performance - sequential write speeds and write speeds on the 4k and 4k, 32 queue depth workloads were significantly better.

The Good
Much faster than typical 2.5-inch portable external hard drives
Very compact
Bundled backup software has lots of features
The Bad
Very pricey
Gimmicky "One Touch Auto-Backup" button
Bundled backup software is clumsy and unintuitive

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