I’m a sucker for extra storage, in terms of drives personally I could count about ten different flash drives, external hard drives and portable hard drives around the house, all with a number of different files and types of files stored on them.

The problem that I regularly have is that I have nothing that truly mixes the portability of a flash drive and the storage space of an external or portable hard drive.

However I think I might have found the answer with Transcend’s ESD400 solid state drive, which comes in four different sizes including 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB but in the small compact size of 92 x 62 x 10.5 mm.

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Now those numbers might not reveal too much to those who don’t really get dimensions, but to give you an idea of how pocket friendly the drive is the image above should give you a clue, basically it’s actually smaller than an iPhone and just a little taller than a pack of cards, but obviously thinner than one.

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To top that off the drive only weighs 56 grams, making it ideal to carry around with your change filled wallet, and smaller by the year smartphone.

Do to the fact that the ESD400 also uses a solid state drive it runs extremely cool and silent whilst still being able to withstand excessive shock and vibrations, making it perfect for not only on the go but also for a normal days use.

And that’s still not all, this drive has a couple of added extras too, one of which is a quick auto backup and synchronisation feature that allows you to quickly set-up a backup process for your files at the touch of a button, literally this drive has a button right on the top, press it and your backup will begin via the included Transcend Elite software.

Alongside that you can also add data management tools to help with productivity and the managing of data via the Transcend Elite for free.

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The second of those two other features is the drives sheer speed, Transcend claim that the drive can achieve read speeds of up to 450MB/s and write speeds of up to 380MB/s, both of which are pretty darn quick for a portable hard drive, so much so that at first I was unsure if these will turn out to be true.

Thankfully these numbers are extremely far from untrue. When testing the Transcend ESD400 with the BlackMagic Disk Speed Test on a MacBook Pro Retina we found that the drive achieved some utterly amazing speeds.

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As you can see from the image to the left, in our tests the ESD400 maxed out at around 380MB/s for its write speeds, and around 430MB/s for the read speeds, and is even good enough for a range of activities, such as streaming HD and even 2K content from the device.

The drive also uses the next-generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface that provides 10 times the bandwidth that is normally provided with USB 2.0, this is alongside support with UASP.

Put all that together and you have a great option for a new portable hard drive, and I would certainly recommend it if you are looking for something new, the only problem is that it is quite expensive for the drives that have slightly more space, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.

You can find out more about the drive on Transcend’s website and you can even pick one up for yourself at a number of retailers including Amazon who are currently listing the drive at around £70 for the 128GB version, £160 for the 256GB version, £200 for the 512GB version and £400 for the 1TB version.

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