Definition February 2021 - Web


IMAGE The sleek, modern, sports car-like design of the Samsung portable drive certainly won’t be lost on image-making professionals

“The Samsung Portable SSD X5 is at the cutting edge of speed. Certainly, external drives don’t come much faster than this”

it allows you time if you make mistakes,” Follows says. “Not so long ago, if a mag failed to upload properly, you had a big problem on your hands, because it took all night to do. So, you’re a mag short the next day, the workflow is inhibited and you’re going over the shoot schedule to make up that lost time.” Gone are the days of all-night whirring and knock-on weekend catch-ups. With the Samsung Portable SSD X5, you can transfer 20GB of 4K video from your PC to the portable drive in just 12 seconds. GOING FURTHER “Of course, there’s the very straightforward use of having the Samsung Portable SSD X5 as the device the producer or director takes rushes home on, provided there are no huge Raw files to exceed capacity,” explains Follows. Naturally, in this instance, or indeed in any other, it’s reassuring to know your portable drive and the contents on it are safe should the worst happen. As the portable drive is a solid state drive, there are no moving parts inside it, though further durability comes by way of magnesium-alloy reinforcement. As a result, it can withstand drops up to 2m. Also inside, a dynamic thermal guard and heat sink ensure the Samsung Portable SSD X5 maintains optimal

performance temperature, even during extended periods of use. Equally, when it comes to digital security, your files are safe thanks to advanced password protection based on AES 256-bit encryption. “It’s good to know that it’s strongly built and, naturally, portable drives are going to be moved around regularly, so it’s also reassuring that thought has been given to that,” says Follows. On the subject of portability, it’s an understatement to say the Samsung Portable SSD X5 is a small device. Measuring just under 12cm long and 2cm deep, and weighing in at only 150g, it’s barely noticeable in a kit bag. Sat at an editing station, there’s just as much to love, thanks to the drive’s sleek, sports car-inspired design. “Portable drives like this one have made huge things possible, things that never would have been possible for anyone other than the highest budget productions,” Follows adds. “You couldn’t have low-compression, high-quality media

without it being incredibly expensive, but now you can. “The Thunderbolt 3 technology is doing just as much in this sense as the SSD. Storage devices with comparable speeds to the Samsung Portable SSD X5 aren’t groundbreaking in and of themselves, it’s just that they’ve never been external – and they’ve certainly never been pocket-sized.” Undoubtedly, the Thunderbolt 3 is the only logical option for connecting a drive such as this. Its powerful technology delivers the fastest bandwidth up to 40Gb/s. Follows concludes his thoughts: “It’s at the cutting edge of speed. Certainly, external drives don’t come much faster than this at the moment.”



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