CalDigit Tuff Nano SSD Drive Review

This tough portable drive reaches speeds we haven't seen before.

Should I Buy The Caldigit Tuff Nano SSD Drive?
The CalDigit Tuff nano blew us away with its super-fast speeds, which are twice as fast as comparable portable SSDs. The 512GB drive achieved Read and Write speeds close to 1,000MB/s. It's also robust, being IP67 certified - meaning that it can be immersed in water and is dust-tight. It can also withstand drops up to 3M.

Price When Reviewed
  • $149.95 (512GB)
Caldigit’s Tuff Nano is a very, very fast compact SSD drive that’s about half the size of an iPhone and uses a Toshiba PCIe SSD that achieved speeds close to 1,000MB/s in our tests.

To put that speed into context, the main competition in this space can achieve speeds in the region of 500-600MB/s.

It connects via USB-C, and comes with both USB-C-to-USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables (both 25cm) so will work with just about any computer, including Thunderbolt 3 - although it will lose some of the T3 40Gb/s bandwidth advantage, being of the 10Gb/s Gen.2 USB-C variant.

Another advantage of the USB-C connection is that it is compatible with Apple’s iPad Pro, as well as PCs and Macs.

During system idle time, the Tuff nano stays in low-power mode, reducing power consumption and laptop battery life.

Speed Tests
With a large-file Read speed of 915.1MB/s and Write speed of 867.2MB/s, it tested twice as fast as the comparably priced Samsung T5 Portable SSD. It's also a little smaller, and certainly tougher.

This level of speed makes it attractive to professionals using uncompressed files, such as photographers and filmmakers. Its compact and lightweight form also means such users will find it handy when on location.

We use CrystalDiskMark for our hard-drive testing.

Built For Protection
As its name suggests, the Tuff Nano is also robust. It is IP67 certified, meaning that it can be immersed in water and is dust-tight. It can also withstand drops up to 3M.

Built for travel, it measures 7.59cm-x-5.44cm-x-1.45cm, and weighs just 74g.

Its packaging can also be used as a travel case for the drive and its cables.

New Capacities On The Way
The Tuff Nano is available now in a 512GB capacity, with a 1TB model coming soon.

And it is available in four colours: Charcoal Black, Royal Blue, Olive Green and Tomato Red.

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