Adata isn't the first name people come up with when considering an SSD, but the Taiwanese company has a pretty wide range that includes SATA, PCIe, and external categories. The product we have today for review is an entry-level portable SSD, the Adata SD600Q. This device has some interesting features and an unusual design. Above all, it is one of the cheapest models currently available. The 240 GB version is available for around Rs. 3,300 online. Could this be the device that eventually leads people to get rid of spinning hard drives? We'll find out.
Adata SD600Q SSD design and functions
Most portable SSDs are slim and sleek, with discrete designs designed to emphasize how small and portable they are. Adata went completely in the opposite direction with a rather bulky square body. The device is available in blue, red or black (with the exception of the 960 GB version, which is only available in black). It is designed to look sturdy with fake plastic rivets and an all-round design that mimics the rubber outer shells of some of Adata's own rugged external hard drives.
The plastic body of our test device didn't feel very high quality because the edges were rough and uneven. The body also tensed a little and it was clear that the hard touches are purely cosmetic. However, according to Adata, the SD600Q is covered with silicone to absorb shocks. It is designed to withstand 1.22 m (4 feet) falls and meets the MIL-STD-810G standard for toughness.
We really like the geometric pattern on the top and bottom of this portable SSD, but we weren't impressed with the build quality. We are also not sure whether Adata went in the right direction because this device does not fit exactly in the pocket. It measures 80 mm square and is 15.2 mm thick, even before you include the cable that you need to carry with you.
For some reason, Adata opted for an outdated micro USB 3.0 port and cable, as you would normally find on external hard drives. Almost all other brands use the USB Type-C port by default, which only makes sense, and we don't know why Adata chose something different for this model. Of course, you have to check the orientation of the cable every time you want to connect it to the SSD. You get a cable in the box and can use the cables from your hard drives again, but that feels like a step backwards.
Adata SD600Q specifications and performance
You can buy the Adata SD600Q with capacities of 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB. The company claims to have used 3D NAND flash and is expecting speeds of up to 440 Mbps for read and write operations. However, no performance-related specifications were published beyond that. Adata is also characterized by quiet operation, energy efficiency, lack of moving parts and speed compared to hard drives, which are advantages of all portable SSDs.
The guarantee is reasonably standard at three years. There is no hardware encryption and no included software – not even a simple backup utility or diagnostic tool.
Note that Adata refers to this drive as USB 3.2 Gen1-enabled, but it's no different than USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 – it's the same standard that has been renamed again and only supports 5 Gbps transfers, which is more than is enough for this drive.
Our 240 GB test device was formatted with the NTFS file system. This means reformatting is required if you are using a Mac. The total usable capacity was given as 223.57 GB. We ran our tests on a standard set of components: an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU, a Gigabyte Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi motherboard, 2 x 8 GB G.skill DDR4 RAM, a Samsung SSD 860 Evo startup drive with 1 TB , a Sapphire Nitro + Radeon RX 590 graphics card and a Corsair RM650 power supply.
First, we ran the CrystalDiskMark test, which goes through both sequential and random reads and writes at various settings. We got disappointingly low values of 295 Mbit / s and 226.9 Mbit / s for sequential reads and writes – far below the numbers given by Adata. Random reads and writes, which are more representative of the daily workload, reached 75.16 Mbit / s and only 15.47 Mbit / s.
In the further course, the Anvil-Disk benchmark resulted in combined read and write values of 1,068.01 and 498.15 for a total of 1,566.16. The Adata SD600Q appears to be trading with another entry-level SSD that we recently tested, the WD My Passport Go. The WD range has a unique design that is not without problems, but offers more comfort.
We are a little disappointed with the performance and overall appearance of the Adata SD600Q. Choosing an inconvenient micro USB port is also weird. However, the prices are on the Adata side – there are only a few portable 240 GB SSDs from other brands that are sold for so little money. For the 480GB and 960GB models like the Samsung SSD T5 and the Seagate Fast SSD, both of which perform significantly better and which we have only recently seen at retail prices that almost match those of the Adata SD600Q, there is significantly more competition.
If you don't need to store a lot of data and just want better performance than a hard drive, you can consider the 240GB version of this SSD. You can transfer files relatively quickly and don't have to worry about physical resilience. You can throw this device around and it's also lighter and smaller than a hard drive. Despite the lack of useful software and the rough edges, it's worth buying an SSD at such a low price. However, first check the prices of our preferred models.
Price (MOP): Rs. 3,289 (240 GB); Rs. 5,359 (480 GB); Case 9,850 (960 GB)
- Low-capacity variants are affordable
- Micro USB connector and cable; no Type-C adapter
- Below average performance
- Cumbersome design, nondescript finish
- Performance: 3
- Value for money: 3.5
- Total: 3