Final Thoughts and Conclusions
It’s been an interesting journey to get here on this interesting product, the Glyph Atom Black 1TB SSD. Sadly, devices when moved from internal to a system to a portable infrastructure have some of their performance stripped. It still may still have still have had some functions and features stripped, but they were not due to portability but for compatibility purposes.
USB-C, which not incredibly new is still relatively new and not many devices support it so Glyph I feel had to make some sacrifices. Glyph had to create a drive to sell to only a select audience that supported the 10Gbps speeds supporting only USB-C, or sell to a wider audience and support USB 3.0 at 480Mbps yet also function with a USB-C interface. Obviously, they want to be able to support a larger audience and part of that is keeping the price down and portability up so they omitted a controller that would have supported both 10Gbps and 480Mbps speeds. The other part to appeal the masses is the cost.
Supporting the higher end controller, would have meant a higher cost especially with the level of components they chose on their drives. Beautiful aluminum enclosure, no noise/sound being that it is an SSD, simple yet sleek silicone protective cover, stylized cables, a 3-year warranty and a large capacity it is evident they went to great lengths to keep the cost down on these drives. With that, here are my pros and cons.
- No drivers needed
- Affordable Drive
- Very fast
- 3 year Warranty
- Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux
- No external power source required
- Silicone case adds additional protection on the already durable design
- Elegant looking
- USB-A and USB-C Interface
- Cables not attached, you can lose them
- 2 Separate cables, 1 for USB 3.0 and 1 for USB-C
- Cables are short (USB end to end is 6 inches and only 3 inches of flexible cable)
It was very difficult to come up with Cons, the drive is that good but everything has a con. Sadly, the cons are real world cons because it is easy to lose a cable, especially when you are travelling but is the best way to keep up with compatibility and portability.
The drive is not cheap, but at the time of this article 12/5/2017 it is cheaper than the alternative being buying another external solution, any external solution being 1TB. Comparing pricing on Amazon, M.2 1TB drives being at least $289.99 and cheaper plastic enclosures being $9, this is a bargain. Choosing an M.2 drive might be easy, but finding an enclosure that will not degrade the speed of the drive might be a little more challenging, and then also finding an enclosure that will support an M.2 drive and not degrade its speed is even more challenging.
With all the in mind, even though the cons are real, the pros make the cons irrelevant, I have to give this drive an editors choice, 5 out of 5 stars.
Great job Glyph.
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