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SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD is high-speed, rugged and water-resistant

SanDisk announces at CES 2016 its latest SSD portable drive, designed to be compact, fast, rugged and water-resistant.

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If you like Samsung's new Portable SSD T3 but wish it was water-resistant, SanDisk has something for you. The flash memory maker unveiled the Extreme 510 Portable SSD today at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. It's similar to the T3 in almost every way: compact, fast and rugged. What's more, it can also deal with wet or dusty environments.

The Extreme 510 Portable SSD is the upgrade to the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD and offers greater protection for users who need storage on the go. The drive is guarded by a rubber bumper compliant with IP55-rating for water and dust resistance. This basically means the drive can keep dust out and withstand water splashes without harming its internal storage. On top of that, the rubber bumper also protects against accidental drops.

SanDisk says the new drive is designed for photographers and videographers who need a reliable and super-fast portable storage solution. The drive is bus-powered and supports USB 3.0. SanDisk says it can deliver sequential speeds of up to 430MB/s.

The SanDisk Extreme is only available in 480GB capacity, and it doesn't have a USB-C port. Instead, it features a regular micro-USB 3.0 port. This means you won't be able to use it with newer portable devices, such as the latest Macbook or new Android tablets and smartphones.

The good news is the SanDisk Extreme 510 is available now and it comes with the relatively friendly price of $250 (around AU$348 or £163, converted).

  • SSD-based portable drive
  • 480GB capacity
  • USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)
  • Dimensions 0.42 x 2.98 x 2.98 in (10.67 x 75.69 x 75.69 mm)
  • 0.17 lb (78.90g)
  • Up to 430MB/s sequential speed via USB 3.0
  • AES 128-bit
  • Password using SanDisk SecureAccess
  • Runs on Windows 7 (or later), Mac OS 10.7 (or later)
  • 2-year warranty
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