Solid state drives make wonderful internal boot drives for computers, but they are also great options for external storage too. Not only are they smaller than mechanical hard disk drives, but they use less power and are much quicker as well. Quite frankly, if you are someone that needs to transport data on a portable drive, you’d be crazy to still use a HDD with moving parts.
Today, TEAMGROUP launches its latest portable solid state drive under its T-FORCE gaming brand. Called “M200,” it has a USB-C port and ships with both a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A cable. In other words, it can be used with any modern computer — whether it has a USB Type-C port or not. What makes this external SSD notable, however, is its rugged shell. Oddly, the design of the drive is apparently inspired by sniper rifles…
“The M200 Portable External SSD launched by T-FORCE, TEAMGROUP’s gaming brand, integrates military-inspired designs, offers up to 8TB in storage, and is equipped with TEAMGROUP’s patented graphene cooling technology for stable performance. Designs for the T-FORCE M200 Portable External SSD are inspired by sniper rifles and our design team has injected Picatinny rail motifs into every detail of the T-FORCE M200 for a unique look but also increased surface area for cooling,” says TEAMGROUP.
The company further says, “The T-FORCE M200 Portable External SSD is an ultra-light USB3.2 Gen2x2 SSD at only 83g and the read/write speed is up to 2,000MB/s and 8TB in storage capacity. Equipped with TEAMGROUP’s patented graphene cooling technology, the M200 SSD adopts a dual metal structure to increase cooling surfaces and ensure stable transmissions. The military-style hanging hole is added to highlight portability and its unique design further.”
TEAMGROUP shares specifications below.
|Model||M200 Portable SSD|
|Interface||USB3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C|
|Capacity||2TB / 4TB / 8TB|
|Operation Temperature||0°C ~ 35°C|
|Performance||Crystal Disk Mark 8.0.1 (SEQ1M Q32T1 0x00)
Read/Write: up to 2000 / 2000 MB/s
|Dimensions||105(L) x 55.5 (W) x 11 (H) mm|
|Accessories||1. USB 3.2 Type-C – C Cable (20G)*1
2. USB 3.2 Type-A – C Cable (10G)*1
|Operating System||Works with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, mac OS x 10.11 or higher, Linux 2.6. or higher, PlayStation 4 with system software version 4.50 or higher, PlayStation 5 (play and store PS4 games or archive PS5 Games), Chrome OS|
|Warranty||5-year limited warranty|
The T-FORCE M200 USB SSD will be sold in three capacities next month (December 2021) — 2TB, 4TB, and 8TB. TEAMGROUP has not yet shared pricing. You will eventually be able to order the SSD here. What do storage drives and guns have in common? Um, absolutely nothing. Quite frankly, TEAMGROUP seems a bit tone-deaf to tie firearms to the marketing of an SSD.