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G-Technology G-Drive Slim SSD review: A svelte, speedy USB 3.1 drive aimed at the Mac crowd

Jon L. Jacobi | Dec. 22, 2016
Styled to sit next to Apple products, the G-Drive Slim SSD delivers internal SATA-like performance over USB.

(Note that the Atech is a 2.5-inch RAID enclosure that was tested with two SATA SSDs installed in a striped RAID 0 array. It’s included simply to illustrate just how much bandwidth is available on the USB 3.1 bus. In real life, USB 3.0 maxes out at around the 400MBps you see above.)

Conclusion

Like OCZ and Toshiba, G-Technology is a boutique brand that’s now owned by a large company—Western Digital, or WD. Toshiba has hurt OCZ’s reputation as a high-quality performance vendor, but we’re hoping that WD is smarter and only lowers the prices, not the design standards. Not that WD doesn’t make some good-looking external hard drives... But as we said, G-Techonolgy products appeal to Mac users because they particularly look the part. Aesthetics aside, the G-Drive Slim’s incredible speed should make this external drive appealing to any user.

 

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