For many companies, portable SSDs were a vessel to purge poor selling models wrapped in a designer enclosure. In recent years that changed thanks to advances in the interconnect technologies. The pinnacle for external storage for the time being is Thunderbolt 3 with 40Gbps of throughput performance over a single commodity connecting cable. That's where we start our HP Portable SSD P800 Review today.
Thunderbolt 3, not every PC has it, not everyone needs or even wants it. Most people don't even know what the hell it is. Apple users know, as do "creatives" and power users. Thunderbolt 3 is awesome when paired with the right components. It offers a 4x increase over USB 3.1 Gen 2 technology that regular computer users are compliant with. If you crave something more, the HP Portable SSD P800 is a product you should know more about.
This drive pairs Thunderbolt 3 with a high-speed NVMe SSD that gives users up to 2,400 MB/s of sequential performance. The drive isn't as small as some others but you don't have to worry about thermal throttling or burning yourself from handing the drive either.
HP Brought the P800 to market in three capacities that range from 256GB to 1TB. Internally, the series uses a HP NVMe SSD that gives users control of the entire capacity. Performance tops 2,400 MB/s read and 1,200 MB/s sequential writes. HP is one of the few companies to list random performance with this series. Random performance comes in at a blistering 290,000 IOPS read and 190,000 IOPS write.
Pricing, Warranty, And Endurance
HP turned it up to 11 with the P800 but it also used the two storage technologies that do the same with pricing, Thunderbolt and NVMe.
The Portable P800 1TB sells at Newegg and Amazon for $449.99. It's a number that gives regular consumer sticker shock but is well within reason for professional users that rely on high-speed technologies to enhance their income. The 512GB model comes to a more affordable $279.99 and that drops to just $188.98 for the 256GB model.
HP backs the series with a 3-year warranty. The company doesn't advertise any endurance limits.
A Closer Look
The P800 uses a fixed cable for connectivity. The attachment connector is Type-C, the standard for Thunderbolt 3. Electrically, the Type-C will not operate in USB mode. The connector tucks into a cutout on the housing. A small lever pushes the connector away from the housing so you can extend the cable away from the recessed storage groove.
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