Silicon Power Slim S70 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


Continuing our reviews of the Silicon Power solid-state drives, we’ve gotten to the Slim S70, a mid-ranged performance drive in the 7mm thin Slim series perfect for notebooks as well as desktop systems.

The Silicon Power Slim S70 is available in 5 capacity version all the way up to 960GB. The smaller capacities available are 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB and I am taking a closer look at the 240GB model today. The drive is rated for a sequential read performance up to 550MB/s reading and 500MB/s writing, which shouldn’t be any trouble to achieve for the hardware inside.

The Silicon Power Slim S70 SSD is built with a Phison S10 controller which has proven itself in numerous drives and comes with synchronous NAND flash. The Slim S70 has all the basic features that an SSD needs to have, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, Garbage collection, NCQ, and wear leveling. It is also RAID ready for those who want even faster setups with all the features available. Silicon Power also included error correction code to guarantee data transmission reliability.

Making the upgrade from a mechanical hard disk drive to a solid-state drive is something that everyone needs to experience, there simply isn’t any comparison. An SSD isn’t just a lot faster, it also consumes less power which is great for stationary systems as well as mobile ones. There are no moving parts and thereby no noise or vibration and it makes it more shockproof than traditional storage drives. You also eliminate latency delays and seek errors.

The SP Slim S70 is also available as upgrade kits that include a shockproof enclosure, screwdriver, and NTI Echo cloning software for an easy upgrade in three steps. It also allows you to use your old drive as an external portable drive afterward. The included enclosure provides rugged protection against shocks, scratches, and abrasions, and it features a cable wrap-around design for easy portability.

Inside the two-piece screwless enclosure, we find a 2/3 sized PCB with four NAND chips on each side. The controller is a Phison PS3110-S10 and the NAND should be Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND from the DP58G5LAPA inscription. There is also a Nanya 128MB cache chip on the top. Funny enough, it looks to be the exact same layout and parts as we saw in the SP Slim S60.

Features

  • 7mm slim design suitable for Ultrabooks and Ultra-slim notebooks
  • SATA III 6Gbps backward compatible with SATA II 3Gbps
  • Super-high transfer rate: 520MB/s max. Read speed / 460B/s max. Write speed
  • Random 4K write speed up to 86000 IOPS
  • Supports TRIM command and Garbage Collection technology
  • NCQ and RAID ready
  • Equipped with wear leveling, to extend endurance
  • Implemented with ECC technology to guarantee data transmission reliability
  • Built-in with SMART monitoring system
  • Low power consumption
  • Shockproof & Anti-Vibration
  • Noiseless operation, no latency delay and no seek error
  • 5-year warranty

Packaging

The Silicon Power Slim S70 comes in a simple blister package displaying the included drive itself on the front. At the same time, it also displays the main features, 5-year warranty period, and slim drive height.

The rear of the package has the basic feature list in multiple languages as well as the average performance increase one would gain compared to a mechanical drive.

The leaflet inside the package opens up for a simple installation guide, feature list, and specification.

Silicon Power Slim S55 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


I have already had the pleasure to review a few storage products from Silicon Power and today I’m having the second solid state drive of theirs on my test bench for a closer look at what it can perform: The Silicon Power Slim S55 240GB solid state drive.

Silicon Power’s Slim series of solid state drives all come with a 7mm thickness, making them perfect for ultrabooks and similar portable computers that require this form factor. Traditional 2.5-inch mechanical drives mostly come with a 9.5mm thickness, ruling them out as an option. The Slim S55 SSD is the little brother in this series, but it doesn’t need to be ashamed of that.

The Silicon Power Slim S55 is designed for the budget minded consumer that doesn’t want to compromise performance at the same time. Taking the move up from a mechanical hard disk drive or a solid state hybrid drive and to a real SSD can make a world of difference and the SP Slim S55 would be a great option here. It is available as just the drive itself, as I’m testing and reviewing today, but it is also available as an upgrade package with included shockproof external enclosure and cloning software to make the switch as easy as possible. A few clicks with the included NTI Echo 3 cloning software and your laptop is ready to rock with solid state drive speeds.

A solid state drive is an optimal choice for any portable computer, it has a higher reliability and durability than a mechanical HDD does. It doesn’t have any moving parts that generate noise, it consumes less power, has a higher shock resistance, and a throughput that is a lot higher.

The Silicon Power Slim S55 connects through a default SATA3 interface that’s also backward compatible with previous generations. Connecting it to a slower bus naturally also impacts performance, but it is one of the nice things about the SATA connector: Combability. The Slim S55 is rated for a performance of up to 520 MB/s while reading and up to 460 MB/s when writing.

Feature wise we find all the basics and as well as a little more. The Slim S55 supports TRIM and Garbage Collection, Native Command Queuing and it is RAID ready. S.M.A.R.T. is also supported and it comes with built-in Error Correction Code. The only thing that’s missing a little bit is the DeviceSleep feature and maybe encryption support, but you can’t get it all when you go down the budget route.

Silicon Power offers the Slim S55 solid state drive in five different capacities, making sure there is an optimal choice for everyone. Users that only need a little space because they run an Android or ChromeOS, or possible store most data in a personal or commercial cloud environment will find great options here just as users that require more space for a complete windows installation with games and programs will. The Slim S55 is available with 32GB, 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacity. All of them are backed by a 3-year warranty.

Opening up the drive and having a look inside and we see what the drive is made of. We find a 2/3 sized PCB featuring a quad-core Phison PS3110-S10 controller that should give a great performance at both sequential and random operations. There are four NAND chips on the top and another four on the rear, making up the total of 240GB capacity. We also see a Nanya 128MB DDR3 cache located on the top.

Features

  • 7mm slim design suitable for Ultrabooks and Ultra-slim notebooks
  • SATA III 6Gbps, backward compatible with SATA II 3Gbps
  • ATTO high transfer rate: Read speed: 520 MB/s max; Write speed: 460 MB/s max
  • Smartest Choice for System Upgrade
  • Supports TRIM command and Garbage Collection technology
  • NCQ and RAID ready
  • Implemented with ECC technology to guarantee data transmission reliability
  • Built-in with SMART monitoring system
  • Low power consumption
  • Shockproof & Anti-Vibration
  • Noiseless operation, no latency delay and no seek error
  • 3-year warranty

Packaging

Silicon Power wrapped the Slim S55 in a blister package that displays the included drive directly through the front while it also highlights the drives features and 7mm slim-type.

On the rear, we can find a few more information such as how much better it is than a traditional hard disk drive as well as a list of the basic features NCQ, TRIM, and RAID readiness in several languages.

Inside the blister pack is the drive itself and the leaflet folds out into a small manual and getting started guide that highlights the features, specifications and setting description.

SP Launches Secure G50 With AES 256-Bit Full Disk Encryption

Silicon Power’s newest flash drive is designed for those users who need just a little extra security and in this case that little bit isn’t even that little. The newly launched Secure G50 Flash Drive uses the USB 3.0 bus for optimal connectivity and it comes with a great AES 256-bit full-drive encryption feature.

The Secure G50 flash drive comes with three layers of defense to enhance your data safety. The first is the above named AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption technology. That is coupled with the second layer which is the password protection function that enables the drive to auto lock-down and format itself after several failed login attempts by a malicious user. The third layer is software based in the form of Silicon Power’s data management software called SP Widget. The software features file encryption, cloud storage, backups, and restores for that extra bit of safe keeping in case you should lose your Secure G50 or it becomes damaged and simply doesn’t work anymore.

The Secure G50 drive works as it is and it doesn’t require any additional drivers or software except what it can carry and pre-load itself, so there is no need to keep drivers or software at hand to use it in a foreign system. It is officially compatible with both Windows and Mac OS, but Linux and Unix-based operating systems shouldn’t be a problem either.

Silicon Power’s Secure G50 is now available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities which should suit most basic needs. The drive is also backed by a five-year warranty in case the worst should happen.

SP Secure G50 Features and Specifications

  • AES 256-bit hardware-based full disk encryption
  • Set up password easily, and access your data after entering the password
  • Auto lock-down and reformat after 10 intrusion attempts
  • Pre-loaded program and no need to install a driver
  • Extra features such as data encryption, backups and cloud storage management
  • Capacity: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Dimensions: 53.9 x 20.0 x 10.0 mm
  • Weight: 9.2 g
  • Interface: USB 3.0/ USB 2.0 Compatible
  • Supported operating systems:: Windows 10/8.1/8/7(SP1)/XP, MAC OS 10.7.x and later
  • Warranty: 5 years

Silicon Power Slim S60 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


Continuing our reviews of the Silicon Power solid-state drives, we’ve gotten to the Slim S60, a mid-ranged performance drive in the 7mm thin Slim series perfect for notebooks as well as desktop systems.

The  Silicon Power Slim S60 is available in 5 capacity version all the way up to 960GB. The smaller capacities available are 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB and I’m taking a closer look at the 240GB model today. The drive is rated for a sequential read performance up to 520MB/s reading and 460MB/s writing, which shouldn’t be any trouble to achieve for the hardware inside.

The Silicon Power Slim S60 SSD is built with a Phison S10 controller which has proven itself in numerous drives and comes with synchronous NAND flash. The Slim S60 has all the basic features that an SSD needs to have, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, Garbage collection, NCQ, and wear leveling. It is also RAID ready for those who want even faster setups with all the features available. Silicon Power also included error correction code to guarantee data transmission reliability.

Making the upgrade from a mechanical hard disk drive to a solid-state drive is something that everyone needs to experience, there simply isn’t any comparison. An SSD isn’t just a lot faster, it also consumes less power which is great for stationary systems as well as mobile ones. There are no moving parts and thereby no noise or vibration and it makes it more shockproof than traditional storage drives. You also eliminate latency delays and seek errors.

The SP Slim S60 is also available as upgrade kits that include a shockproof enclosure, screwdriver, and NTI Echo cloning software for an easy upgrade in three steps. It also allows you to use your old drive as an external portable drive afterward. The included enclosure provides rugged protection against shocks, scratches, and abrasions, and it features a cable wrap-around design for easy portability.

Inside the two-piece screwless enclosure, we find a 2/3 sized PCB with four NAND chips on each side. The controller is a Phison PS3110-S10 and the NAND should be Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND from the DP58G5LAPA inscription. There is also a Nanya 128MB cache chip on the top.

Features

  • SATA III 6Gbps backward compatible with SATA II 3Gbps
  • Super-high transfer rate: 520MB/s max. Read speed / 460MB/s max. Write speed
  • Supports TRIM command and Garbage Collection technology
  • Synchronous flash built-in
  • NCQ and RAID ready
  • Equipped with Wear Leveling to extend endurance
  • Implemented with ECC technology to guarantee data transmission reliability
  • Built-in with SMART monitoring system
  • Low power consumption
  • Shockproof & Anti-Vibration
  • Noiseless operation, no latency delay and no seek error
  • 3-year warranty

Packaging

The Silicon Power Slim S60 comes in a simple blister package displaying the included drive itself on the front. At the same time, it also displays the main features, warranty period, and slim drive height.

The rear of the package has the basic feature list in multiple languages as well as the average performance increase one would gain compared to a mechanical drive.

The leaflet inside the package opens up for a simple installation guide, feature list, and specification.

Silicon Power Introduces the Complete Lineup of Apple Storage Solutions

Apple devices are highly popular, but they do in most cases come with one flaw and that is the upgradability. Luckily there are ways to increase this for the most part and Silicon Power has now introduced a new complete line of Apple storage devices for all sorts of different devices. With USB flash drives, expansion cards, portable hard drives and external SSD, the SP Apple Series is about to satisfy all kinds of memory expansion needs.

The need for extra storage on apple devices is great, especially considering the markups you pay for the models with more storage and the number one complaint from Apple users is “not enough storage available”.

Among the new products is the SP xDrive Z30 Lightning USB drive that features a dual-interface design with both USB 3.0 and Lightning for easy connection to iOS handsets as well as desktop systems. Not every device has a lightning connector and that is where the second new flash drive comes into play, the SP Mobile C80 dual USB drive that features a USB 3.0 and a Type-C USB connector.

The storage issue isn’t limited to portable iOS devices, Mac computers have the same issue. For this, SP introduced the xDrive Series expansion cards L12 and L13 as well as the rugged external Armor hard disk drives. The xDrivev expansion cards are tailored to fit seamless with the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models while the A65M and A85M external hard disks offer a shockproof and waterproof design for users on the go.

The final category is for those who need that extra speed and where every second counts. We’re naturally talking about external SSDs for Mac systems. SP’s Thunder T11 external SSD offers a two-channel Thunderbolt interface with a data transmission of up to 10GB/s throughput in each direction. Sadly that doesn’t result in the blazing fast speeds one could hope for with a rating of just 340MB/s reading and 280MB/s writing, but it should improve the latency and access times over the slower USB 3.0 interface.

Silicon Power Releases Impressive Superior CF 1100X

Silicon Power released a new memory card for professional video and photographers, the new Superior CF 1100X. I’ve had the pleasure to play around with some fast memory cards over the time, but I’ve personally not had anything better than 600x speed which makes 1100x quite impressive.

The Superior CF 1100X is built with SLC NAND for the best reliability, in fact, it has an endurance and durability that is over 33 times higher than MLC-based products. It offers up to 100K erase and write cycles for outstanding reliability for a long time.

The card is rated for transfer speeds up to 165MB/s reading and 151 MB/s writing and it supports UDMA 7 mode which increases workflow efficiency. With this card, you will be able to capture up to 14 FPS continuously with a full-frame camera. The card is also compliant with the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) that ensures video capture at a minimum sustained write speed of 65MB/s for 4K video recording.

Silicon Power’s Superior 1100X is available in two capacities, either 32GB or 64GB, and it is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Features

  • Compliant with CompactFlash 6.0 specification
  • 1100X high transfer rate, and UDMA 7 compliant
  • Supports 14 fps (frames per second) for full-frame camera
  • Built-in original SLC NAND Flash for excellent endurance and prolonged lifespan
  • Optimized for 3D, 4K, and Full HD videos and images
  • Compliant with VPG-65 standard
  • Built-in ECC technology
  • Durability: 100,000 erase/ write cycles
  • MTBF: More than 1,000,000 hours

Silicon Power Blaze B50 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Introduction


Silicon Power has been in the storage business for quite a while and I’ve already reviewed SSDs and HDDs from them. Today it’s time to take a closer look at what their flash drives have to offer and for that we got the SP Blaze B50 128GB USB 3.0 Flash drive on the test bench.

Now, there absolutely isn’t any shortage of flash drives on the market and which one to pick usually comes down to current sales and personal preference, may it be the design or the brand. When it comes to preference, then the Blaze B50 might be a hit on both fronts as it promises a good performance and looks pretty sleek.

While a flash drive is just that, a flash drive, it doesn’t hurt when it also looks great. The Blaze B50 has been created with inspiration from the muscular’s curving and general dynamic spirit of sports cars. It is tailored to look great with its sculpted lines and supposed to represent the speed that this drive can achieve. I’d say that the accomplished that very well. It looks great.

Silicon Power applied a special surface treatment with a carbon fiber pattern that lends the Blaze B50 drive an exceptionally energetic gesture. The whole design gets its finish thanks to the V-shaped LED indicator for connection and activity indication. The gold printed SP logo, capacity, and connection bus also show that this is a great drive.

The connector on the Blaze B50 of the retractable kind and allows you to hide it with a push operation of the thumb. You don’t need to worry where you put that cap for the drive because that’s always the first thing that one looses. Even when it’s just temporarily and you’ve only just put it down 2 seconds before. It’s gone and doesn’t show up until weeks later at a totally different location. We’ve all been there. The downside to this principle is that you don’t have any dirt protection for the plug and it could fill with pocket lint and similar dirt.

A fast looking drive like this also has to perform great and deliver a fast performance. And it does that thanks to the USB 3.0 interface that allows for much better speeds and access times than the older USB 2.0 did. This 128GB capacity model can perform sequential operations with up to 90MB/s reading and 45MB/s writing according to the specifications page. The package tells us about speeds up to 200MB/s, so it will be interesting to see how good it actually is. There are also 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions available, but they perform a little lower when writing. While these aren’t groundbreaking speeds, they’re more than enough for normal day to day activity.

There’s also a piece of software that comes along with most drives and Silicon power has the SP Widget available for free download. It is compatible with pretty much any of their drives and provides seven major backup and security functions. There is also the Recuva File Recovery software that can help you recover erased files such as photos, documents, and media files; if you ever change you mind or deleted the wrong files.

The SP Blaze B50 drive is highly portable. It is small enough to fit into any pocket, yet not so small that you’ll easily lose it like you could with a nano drive. You can also attach it to your keyring or other places with the opening at the end of the drive. The casing is made of plastic and it only weights 8.3 g, further adding to the portability.

The SP Blaze B50 is backed by a lifetime warranty and it is compatible with Windows XP and newer, Mac OS 10.3.x, and Linux 2.6.x.

Packaging

The packaging is simple but colourful and displays all the relevant information right on the front. On the rear you’ll also find the details in multiple languages if the front shouldn’t be something that you can understand.

SP Introduced the Next Generation Portable Armor A85 HDDs

You might remember the pretty amazing Silicon Power Armor A65 that we reviewed not long ago and just that drive has just been upgraded in the form of the new SP Armor A85 and A85M portable and rugged hard drives. The drives utilize a special internal structure design and rigid aluminium exterior to strengthen its protections against all sorts of things, including shock, pressure, water, and dust.

The A85 drive has passed the U.S military’s drop test of MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV (transit drop test) and the IP68 standard that it can resist water and dust. Added is the pressure resistance where it can withstand a pressure of up to 500kg of force. The droptest includes freefall tests with a height of up to 122cm on 26 different contact points, so your data should be well protected.

The Silicon Power Armor A85 also offers the SP HDD Lock Utility, a free software download for full disk encryption and 256-bit AES encryption with SP Widget for Windows or Mac OS. IT also features the practical cable carry design where the USB 3.0 cable can be easily attached to the rear of the drive. Have everything in one place.

The A85 and A85M drives are backed by a 3-year warranty and are offered in three capacity options of 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB.

Silicon Power Armor A65 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Disk Review

Introduction


There are a lot of different methods for portable storage and one of them is external hard disk drives. Today I’m taking a closer look at such a solution and it isn’t just the run of the mill drive either. Silicon Power released the Armor A65 back in march and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it performs with everything it can do.

One of the big selling points in this drive is the durability and protection. The drive is shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, comes with encryption software, and it has been rigorously tested. The Armor A65 is the first portable hard drive that passes the IP67 standard in the industry that certifies complete protection against dust penetration, has passed the U.S military’s drop test and can stay submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30-minutes.

The outside of the drive has a rubberized surface that gives you a great grip on the drive, so even though it is shockproof you most likely won’t drop it by accident. The downside to this surface is how well it holds onto dust and other particles. Below is a photo of the drive after I tried to wipe it with a cloth and it had the completely opposite effect. Instead of getting clean, it sucked anything out of the cloth.

Good thing that the drive is waterproof, so cleaning it isn’t any issue. I just held it under running water and rinsed it off before drying it with a paper towel. The result is a great looking drive again.

The Armor A65 consists of two layers of rubber and a middle frame to create a unibody design which makes the casing very resistant and durable. The internal suspension system provides a vibration damping function to reinforce overall stability while the outer rubber cover not only creates a shockproof shell but makes the surface anti-slip and anti-scratch. Featuring advanced 3-layer protection, the rugged Armor A65 is an expert in shock resistance which I’m really looking forward to testing. It’s rare that I get to be reckless with hardware.

We’ve established that the drive is very robust and can withstand a lot, but it is also a portable drive and has to be convenient – and it is. The Silicon Power Armor A65 comes with a built-in ledge on the bottom of the drive where you can insert in included USB 3.0 cable and have everything neatly store together. To meet different storage needs, the Armor A65 is available in 500GB and 2TB capacity options besides the 1TB that I’m testing today.

Armor A65 Product Features:

  • Compliant with the U.S. military drop-test standards MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV (transit drop test), a freefall test (122cm) on 26 contact points.
  • Industry’s first to meet IP67 dustproof/waterproof standards
  • Advanced internal hard drive suspension system
  • Delicate cable storage design
  • SP HDD Lock Utility free software download for full disk encryption
    (Note: Please remember your password and keep it safe. If you forget it you will not be able to access your data.)
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • Intelligent LED indicator
  • Easy to plug and use; no external adapter required
  • SP Widget free download software, providing 7 major back-up and security functions

Armor A65 Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 143.4 x 86.7 x 20.7 mm
  • Weight: 242~277g (by capacity)
  • Capacity: 500GB、1TB、2TB
  • Material: Rubber/ Plastic
  • Color: Black
  • Interface: USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible
  • Data transfer rates: Max. 5 Gbps (USB 3.0 Mode); Max. 480 Mbps (USB 2.0 Mode)
  • Power supply: DC5V (Power supplied through USB)
  • Supported operating systems: Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, Linux 2.6.31 or later, Mac OS 10.5 or later
  • Operating temperature: 5℃~ 55℃
  • Storage temperature: -40℃~ 70℃
  • Warranty: 3 years

Silicon Power Introduced High Capacity Power Banks

Nothing is worse than having your mobile gadget run out of power while you’re on the go and that is where mobile power banks come into play. An extra large battery to charge your batteries. Silicon Power has just introduced their newest two power banks, the Power S102 and the Power S82.

The Power S102 features an impressive 12000mAh while the Power S82 comes with an 8000mAh capacity. Both come with two charging ports, allowing you to charge two devices simultaneous with up to 2.1A each.

When fully charged, the Power S102 has enough juice to charge an iPhone 6 around 4.4 times which in return means that you can go a long time without having to be near an outlet.

S102 and S82 offer a 10-second Power Saving Mode so that the power bank will turn off automatically in ten seconds when devices are fully charged and conventional protections such as over current protection under voltage, over voltage and SCP are built in to provide safety for both the power bank and your mobile devices. A 4-level LED indicator lets you easily see the charging status at any time.

They S102 and S82 both come with a warranty of 13 months and product liability insurance up to USD 10 Million.

Silicon Power Unveiled new M10 M.2 and mSATA SSDs

SP Silicon Power’s newest SSD comes in two compact form factors and allows you to speed up the performance of your ultrabook and similar devices. The new drive is dubbed the M10 and will be available as both NGFF M.2 2280 module and full-sized mSATA module for compatibility with as many systems as possible.

The M10 solid state drive is built with MLC NAND flash chips and an unspecified “high-quality controller”. It can achieve sequential transfer rates up to 520MB/s reading and 330MB/s writing. The random 4K performance is rated to 40,000 IOPS at both reading and writing.

The M10 is built with support for Intel’s Smart Response Technology (IRST) that enables you to use the SSD as a cache for your mechanical HDD and effectively create a high-performance SSHD out of the new M10 and your old drive.

Feature wise all the basics are covered with TRIM, NCQ, and S.M.A.R.T. commands to keep the performance at optimal levels throughout its lifetime and operation. It also supports ECC technology and Bad Block Management to guarantee data transmission reliability.

Available in tree capacities, 120GB, 240GB, and up to 480GB, the M10 shows that great performance doesn’t need to take up a lot of space. The M10 is backed by a 3-year warranty and has an MTBF of 2 million hours.

Silicon Power Slim S80 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


Silicon Power has been in the storage business for a long time and I’m glad to finally be able to put one of their drives on the bench and take it for a test run. Today I’m taking a closer look at the SP Slim S80 solid state drive that comes with promises impressive performance and is available with capacities up to 960GB. It is however, the 240GB model that I’m taking a look at today.

The Slim S80 is equipped with a Phison PS3108-S8 SATA-to-Flash micro-controller to deliver sequential transfer rates up to 550MB/s reads 500MB/s writes while offering impressive 4K random speeds of up to 80,000 IOPS. With such a performances, the Slim S80 can significantly reduce both boot times and quickly load applications as well as provide a higher reliability than traditional hard disk drives and provide higher reliability over traditional hard drive.

Silicon Power’s Slim S80 is carrying its name thanks to the 7mm height for use in ultrabooks, ultra slim notebooks, and similar narrow spaced usage areas; on top of that it only weighs 63 grams. Solid state drives are perfect to use in mobile devices thanks to the lack of mechanical parts so they aren’t affected by shocks and vibrations in the same way.

Built with both S.M.A.R.T., Wear Leveling techniques, and Error Correction Code, the Slim S80 should guarantee data safety on top of the great performance and a long lifespan. The used Phison controller also supports AES encryption to keep your data safe and DevSleep for a low power consumption in mobile devices.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 32GB/60GB/120GB/240GB/480GB/960GB
  • Dimensions: 100mm x 69.85mm x 7mm
  • Weight: 79g
  • Vibration Resistance Test: 20G
  • Shock Resistance Test: 1500G Max
  • Read up to 550MB/s、Write up to 500MB/s
  • 7mm slim design suitable for Ultrabooks and Ultra-slim notebooks
  • SATA III 6Gbps backward compatible with SATA II 3Gbps
  • Supports TRIM command and Garbage Collection technology
  • NCQ and RAID ready
  • Implemented with ECC technology to guarantee data transmission reliability
  • Built-in with SMART monitoring system
  • 3-year warranty

Besides the Phison controller, the S80 has 16 of Toshiba’s 19nm flash chips and a 256MB Nanya RAM chip.

Silicon Power Introduces Armor A65 Durable Portable Hard Drive

Silicon Power has launched their latest Armor series portable hard drives, the Armor A65, that comes with almost any protection you could want. It is shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, comes with encryption software and is rigorously tested. The Armor A65 is the first portable hard drive that passes the IP67 standard in the industry that certifies complete protection against dust penetration, has passed the U.S military’s drop test and can stay submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30-minutes.

The Armor A65 consists of two layers of rubber and a middle frame to create a unibody design which makes the casing very resistant and durable. The internal suspension system provides a vibration damping function to reinforce overall stability while the outer rubber cover not only creates a shockproof shell but makes the surface anti-slip and anti-scratch. Featuring advanced 3-layer protection, the rugged Armor A65 is an expert in shock resistance.

A portable hard drive doesn’t just need to be robust, it should also be portable. The Armor A65 has a built-in and attached USB 3.0 cable that reduces the size and makes it easier to carry. To meet different storage needs, the Armor A65 is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacity options.

“The Armor series has been well received in the market, but we still keep improving to bring innovations to users,” said a SP Industrial Designer. “We tried to make the Armor A65 more out of the ordinary, in either its function or appearance. It is the first portable hard drive in the industry that applies the unibody cup-like design and passes the IP67 dustproof/waterproof standards. Thus, we’re confident that the Armor A65 can withstand any demanding conditions.” SP always takes every detail into consideration; for water and dust are the most common threats to portable hard drives, we especially designed the Armor A65 to remove all of the threats and set a new standard for data safety.”

 

Armor A65 Product Features:

  • Compliant with the U.S. military drop-test standards MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV (transit drop test), a freefall test (122cm) on 26 contact points.
  • Industry’s-first to meet IP67 dustproof/waterproof standards
  • Advanced internal hard drive suspension system
  • Delicate cable storage design
  • SP HDD Lock Utility free software download for full disk encryption
    (Note: Please remember your password and keep it safe. If you forget it you will not be able to access your data.)
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • Intelligent LED indicator
  • Easy to plug and use; no external adapter required
  • SP Widget free download software, providing 7 major back-up and security functions

Armor A65 Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 143.4 x 86.7 x 20.7 mm
  • Weight: 242~277g (by capacity)
  • Capacity: 500GB、1TB、2TB
  • Material: Rubber/ Plastic
  • Color: Black
  • Interface: USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible
  • Data transfer rates: Max. 5 Gbps (USB 3.0 Mode); Max. 480 Mbps (USB 2.0 Mode)
  • Power supply: DC5V (Power supplied through USB)
  • Supported operating systems: Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, Linux 2.6.31 or later, Mac OS 10.5 or later
  • Operating temperature: 5℃~ 55℃
  • Storage temperature: -40℃~ 70℃
  • Warranty: 3 years

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Silicon Power Scores Two iF Design 2015 Awards

SP/ Silicon Power is well known for their storage products and they are often wrapped in a gorgeous outside. SP has once again received one of the most influential and prestigious recognitions from iF Design Award 2015 for the Stream S06 3.5-inch external hard drive and the Mobile X31 USB 3.0 OTG flash drive.

The iF Design Award was founded in Germany in 1953 and has since become one of the most reputable and famous design awards all over the world. iF Design Award attracted 4,783 entries from 53 countries this year and SP was one of them.

The Stream S06 3.5-inch External Hard Drive is a 4TB USB 3.0 hard drive wrapped in an elegant look. The handle combines design with functionality and allows for easy carrying from place to place.

The Mobile X31 USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive takes advantage of a micro-USB and a USB 3.0 connector in a compact form factor. The duality allows the use on both OTG enabled Android devices as well as an ordinary USB host like your PC. The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface allows for those speedy transfers while the swivel cap design allows quick and easy use as well as protection.

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Silicon Power Unveils Latest 4TB USB3 External Hard Drive

SP/ Silicon Power unveiled their new-designed 3.5-inch USB 3.0 external hard drive, the Stream S06. Taking all aspects into consideration without compromising, the Stream S06 is build upon the USB 3.0 interface and with high capacities up to 4TB. The elegant look and exclusive handle design is the wonderful combination of beauty and functionality and allows for an easier carrying.

With a capacity of 4TB it can store up to 1.952 million high-resolution digital photos, 976 thousand songs or 1,760 hours Full-HD videos and with the USB 3.0 interface the transfer should be swift, may it be backup or storage. The Stream S06 features special-designed case that can be put upright or flat to perfectly fit in different space conditions. Equipped with ventilation holes, Stream S06 enables excellent energy-efficiency and great cooling effect.

To satisfy different users’ needs, the Stream S06 USB 3.0 external hard drive is available in three sizes, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB. All Silicon Power external hard drive products are backed by a 3-year warranty and come with the free download software SP Widget, which provides seven major backup and security tools and a 60-day trial version of NIS (Norton Internet Security). No word on pricing yet.

Stream S06 Product Features:

  • Extremely high storage capacity up to 4TB
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Intelligent handle design, easy to carry and use
  • Special-designed case that can be put upright or flat
  • Exclusive ventilation holes, enabling incredible cooling effect
  • LED indicator, easier for users to recognize the transferring status
  • Power saving sleep mode
  • SP Widget free download software, providing 7 major back-up and security functions

 

Stream S06 Product Specifications:

  • Dimension:199 * 117.7 * 36.3 mm
  • Weight:770~876 g (by capacity)
  • Capacity:2TB、3TB、4TB
  • Material:Plastic
  • Color:Black
  • Interface:USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible
  • Data transfer rates:Max. 5 Gbps (USB 3.0 Mode)
  • Power supply:DC12V
  • Supported operating systems:Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, Linux 2.6.31 or later, Mac OS 10.5 or later
  • Operating temperature:5℃~ 55℃
  • Storage temperature:-40℃~ 70℃
  • Warranty:3-year warranty

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Images courtesy of Silicon Power.