The portable SSD market seems to push capacity limits up year over year. This year Samsung took a huge step pushing out the 2TB Portable SSD T5 while previous to this SanDisk had the crown with the Extreme 900 at 1.9TB which to this day is still the quickest portable SSD we have ever tested. ADATA has quietly come along releasing a few versions of its portable SSD in the DashDrive family. The SE720 started it off, followed by the SE730, and today we have the refreshed SE730H.
The SE730H is available in both 256GB and 512GB capacities while offering two colors - gold and red. This solution features IP68 certifications for dust and water protection, given you have the USB-C cover closed and the drive is not in use. That said, this is a Gen 2 USB 3.1 device and ADATA markets this drive is capable of 500 MB/s read and write.
The footprint comes in at 72 x 44mm and 12mm thick, and weight is listed at 33 grams or 1.1 ounces. This solution is compatible with Windows XP through 10 and MacOS 10.6+ and Linux Kernel 2.6+. The MSRP of the ADATA SE730H in the 512GB capacity reaches $259.99 with a three-year warranty.
Packaging for the SE730H is quite nice and certainly eye-catching. We have a window to look at the drive with capacity listed at the bottom right.
The back goes into further detail listing the warranty at the bottom along with features of the drive.
Included with the drive is just a USB-C cable, so consumers that are still using Type-A exclusively are out of luck with this drive.
The body of the drive is aluminum with plastic caps on each end. The top shows branding etched into the aluminum. The end of the drive houses the USB-C port with cover.
When formatted the usable capacity of the ADATA SE730H is 476GB.
Firing off a few benchmarks, we get 478 MB/s read and 442 MB/s write in sequential, while moving to QD32 that increases to 549 MB/s read and 487 MB/s write.
Pushing real data through the SE730H, we see 234 MB/s moving 81 photos at 311 MB.
Switching to video from my DJI Phantom, the SE730H moved eight videos totaling 3.3GB at 334 MB/s.
Lastly, we put the SE730H into our price versus performance chart to see where it ends up when you take the performance given at its current price. As you can see, the ADATA SE730H in its 512GB capacity and current MSRP of $259.99 is the second worst drive we have seen only to the SE720.
We have now seen roughly 25 portable SSDs come through in the last year and a half. Capacity has been the largest improvement above all and next would be performance and third the footprint. ADATA has two of these categories on lockdown. They know how to make a small form factor drive, as the SE730H is designed wonderfully, and they know how to get the performance we all want, but they seem to struggle at offering high capacity solutions.
With the SE730H being ADATA's current flagship, I'm saddened to see just a 256GB and 512GB option. My guess is they don't see a market for drives less than 256GB, and I can agree on that point, but not offering at least a 1TB option is puzzling considering they are advertising 3D NAND as one of the leading selling points.
Performance of this drive is great reaching 478 MB/s read and 442 MB/s write in sequential testing and 234 MB/s pushing a batch of photos to the drive.
In closing, I thoroughly enjoyed the ADATA SE730H but they do have a few issues to fix. The first is the lack of a USB-C to Type-C cable included with the drive; this leaves many consumers out as the entire market has not completed the transition. Second is pricing, the ADATA SE730H in its 512GB capacity holds its MSRP at $259.99, and should yield a $239.99 market price. That puts this drive at $40 over the SSD T5 from Samsung and $60 more than the My Passport SSD from WD.
Tyler's Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Hero (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon) / (Read our Review)
- Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Hybrid (buy from Amazon)
- OS Storage: Intel 730 480GB SSD (buy from Amazon) / (Read our Review)
- Secondary Storage: MyDigitalSSD BP5 512GB SSD (buy from Amazon)
- Case: EVGA DG-86 (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2 (buy from Amazon)
- Networking: ASUS PCE-AC88 AC3100 (buy from Amazon)
- Networking: ASUS ROG 10G Express
- Networking: ASUS Thunderbolt EX3 (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line: ADATA's SE730H has solid features in its IP68 certifications, solid performance, and small form factor enclosure, but the pricing is a touch of a concern.
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