Gone are the days where we can only store limited files to our storage devices or having not enough space to save our huge movie / multimedia files. It started with diskette, then comes the hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, and then comes the portable version of hard drives and now the portable SSD like the Transcend 1TB ESD400.
Transcend 1TB ESD400 Portable SSD

Its just fun to think that a 1 Terabyte drive can now fit inside your pocket unlike the big, bulky and prone to corruption hard drives due to its mechanical parts. Imagine, its now very convenient to carry a huge capacity drive just by having this Transcend SSD without worrying it to be easily broken.

What's inside the box?


The box package of the Transcend ESD400 SDD contains the following:
  • 1 x ESD400 SDD
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Travel Pouch
  • Quick Starter Guide
  • Warranty Card

Build & Design 
The Transcend ESD400 is sleek looking mini hard drive yet quite stylish to look at. The build is made of a plastic casing with a reflective surface at the top and matte texture at the sides and bottom parts. The logo is reflective that's aluminum plated which is also nice to look at.
Back view where the labels are located

It's so small, its almost the same size of a typical credit card or any pocket size cards which is very convenient to carry. Its dimensions is 92 x 62 x 10.5 mm (3.62" x 2.44" x 0.41").

 The upper side has the 3.0 USB port and the One Touch Backup button
View of the other side with the Transcend logo
View with the USB 3.0 cable inserted to the drive
The Transcend ESD400 with the USB 3.0 cable

Benchmark Tests
To test the full capability of the Transcend SSD, we conducted benchmark tests to see if really provide the performance and speed it promises it to. Below is the test system specification of the PC / Laptop that is used to conduct this benchmark:
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 (1.7GHz, 4 CPUs)
  • Model: Dell Inspiron 3442
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVDIA GEFORCE
  • Hard drive (internal): 500GB
  • SSD to test: 1TB Transcend ESD400
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • USB: USB 3.0

Crystaldisk Info and SSD properties

The Transcend ESD400 features the TS1TESD400K SSD inside with the capacity of 1024.2 GB and formated to NTSC file format with a usable 953GB storage. It also has an average temperature of 35-degree Celsius.

CrystalDiskMark Benchmark tool
With the CrystalDiskMark benchmarking tool, you can see the Sequential read and write transfer rate speeds of the SSD. In the above data, the READ speed is 415.1Mb/s which is a little above the promised speed of 410Mb/s in the Transcend ESD400 while the WRITE speed reading of 251.2Mb/s is a little below from the promised 380Mb/s.


As for the other benchmark tools such as AS SSD and ATTO benchmarks, the Transcend ESD400 performed well too. AS SSD Sequential result for READ speed is up to 413.44 MB/s and beats the promised 410 MB/s while the WRITE speed is 374.51 MB/s that is a little below of the promised speed of 380 MB/s which a bit closed.

So far the Transcend ESD400 performs well in the READ & WRITE transfers speeds and do what it says on its claims.

**We'll update this part again for the copy test/s.


Transcend ESD400 SSD Specifications
  • Size: 92 x 62 x 10.5 mm (3.62" x 2.44" x 0.41")
  • Weight: 56g (1.98oz)
  • Storage Media: NAND Flash
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C(32°F)~70°C(158°F)
  • Operating Voltage: DC 5V
  • LED Indicator: Power, Data Transfer, USB 2.0 / 3.0
  • Connection Bandwidth:USB 3.0: Up to 5Gb/s, USB 2.0: Up to 480Mb/s
  • Performance: Read up to 410MB/s; Write up to 380MB/s
  • System Requirements: Desktop or notebook computer with a USB port (A USB 3.0 port is needed for USB 3.0 performance)
    • Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 (32bit or 64bit)
    • Mac OS X 10.5 or later

Pros
  • Superfast transfer speeds (Read & Write)
  • Very lightweight & portable
  • One Click / Touch Backup
  • There are other storage sizes variants to choose from
  • Can withstand excessive shock and vibration unlike HDs

Cons
  • Quite pricey as of the moment

Verdict
The Transcend ESD400 is intended for people who are in need of fast transfer speed, high storage capacity and  portable drive. While it is quite pricey as of the moment with the price tag of Php23,000, its worth the money of the buyer as it delivers what it promises in the package. We highly recommend it to people who need a fast & portable solutions to their needs or you just want to upgrade your storage and have the money.

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