Review: Adata SE730 250GB Portable SSD

A solid state.

The new Adata SE370 (not to be confused with similarly titled products, including a drive by the same company called the same thing… yeah, really) is portable, light, and compact. This sleek design does not come at the expense of performance but – even better than that – you don’t need even to touch your console’s HDD or physically swap it out to give your storage a boost. Just plug it into your standard USB port and you’re done. Nice, eh?

Manufacturer Adata claims this “smallest external SSD with a reversible USB Type-C connector in the world” offers read/write performances of up to 500MB/s, despite weighing in at a teeny 33 grams. It’s quiet and wonderfully unobtrusive, and tiny – just see the images below to see how it compares with a standard, run-of-the-mill USB stick.

That said, connection wasn’t instantaneous right out of the box. To work on PS4, for example, you need to reformat the disc to exFAT in order to enable your console to read the drive. If I can do it without anyone talking me through it, though, it’s safe to say it’s pretty straight-forward to do, albeit with a little help from my friend Mr. Google.

If you accidentally drop this in the sink/bath/pool, you have a full minute to rescue it from a depth of one and half meters. It’s also shockproof to “military standards”. As I don’t own a tank or a jet plane to test this, we’ll just have to take Adata’s word for it, I guess.

It’s also shockproof to “military standards”. As I don’t own a tank or a jet plane to test this, we’ll just have to take Adata’s word for it.

There’s no choice in size – 250GB is currently the only drive available at present – which is a shame given my PS4 is 500GB, and it would’ve be cool to be able to do a full backup, not just bits and pieces. You can select from a gold or red exterior, though. So that’s nice.

To access the USB-C connector you need to pop off the plastic cover (which may sound easy, but took me ages to manipulate) to reveal it. The cable’s terribly – frustratingly – short, though, so if you need some distance between devices, you may need to locate or buy a longer cable.

You won’t be able to run games from your external storage device on PS4, but you can use it to backup your save data, download your screenshots etc.

It’s important to note there’s no default security, either, so if you want to use the drive for carrying sensitive data, you’ll need to password protect your documents manually and individually to keep things safe.

The biggest downside? The cost. Right now you can pick it up from retailers like Amazon for £110, which pushes it towards the top end of comparable drives, albeit with its performance buff. That said, for that £110 you can instantly double the storage of your standard PlayStation 4 or Xbox One console, a must if you’re religiously capping or taking clips of games for work or pleasure.

Although you won’t be able to run games from your external storage device on a console like PS4, you can use it to backup your save data, download your screenshots etc., or use it to store/run media like movies and TV shows. Thanks to its 10GB/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 speed (and up to 550MB/s according to the manufacturer), data transfer is quick and painless; I copied 56.61MB worth of Destiny media (screenshots and video) in less than 20 seconds. (Yes, that’s a lot of Destiny media. I know.)

What you won’t be able to do is copy over applications (i.e. the games themselves) to your drive. You can, however, backup your entire PS4 drive onto it (pending on if your HDD has less than 250GB on it, obviously). Mine’s almost full, so while I was unable to fully backup my 450GB worth of games and apps, I did copy over 186.3MB of captures, 1.57GB of save data, and 14.88GB of setting information. It took less than a minute for the backup to complete.

Manufacturer: Adata

Price: £110 approx.

Input: 1x USB 3.1 Type-C

Release date: Out Now

  • Small and compact
  • Fast, efficient data transfer
  • Waterproof
  • Not quite big enough to take a full console backup
  • Pricier than competitors

While this small but solid drive won’t immediately solve your console storage solutions, it does offer a solid Plan B to those of us struggling for room but unwilling – or unable – to physically swap out harddrives.

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Small and solid

Short. Sweary. Sarky. Streamer. Spartan. Story-driven games make me happiest. Spectacularly bad at shooters, but loves them. Screams a lot playing horror games, but loves those, too.

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