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IFA 2019: LEO checks out new drives from Western Digital and SanDisk

At IFA this week, LEO had the chance to check out all of the latest hard drives and SSDs coming from both Western Digital and SanDisk. There are a bunch of external ‘Game Drives' aimed at consoles in capacities up to 8TB, in addition to a new WD Black NVMe SSD. On the SanDisk side, we have new SD Cards, flash drives and a Qi wireless charger that also backs up your phone's photos/videos and contacts.

Western Digital's big showcase was the new range of WD Black Game Drives for consoles. The Black P10 Game Drive hits 2TB, 3TB, 4TB and 5TB capacities and uses a USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface for connectivity. The Black P50 Game Drive is an SSD rather than a HDD, hitting capacities up to 2TB using a USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface for speeds of up to 1980MB/s. The Black D10 Game Drive can go all the way up to 12TB with 7,200 RPM speeds. It is externally powered and has two extra USB ports for charging other devices.

Finally for the PC crowd, there is a WD Black SN750 M.2 NVMe SSD on the way in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. It is PCIe Gen 3 rather than Gen 4 though, so expect speeds to be around the 2000MB/s mark. The MyPassport series of external HDDs now also go up to 5TB.

SanDisk is focusing on expandable storage this year. The SanDisk Extreme Pro CFexpress Card Type B is due to launch this year in capacities up to 512GB with read/write speeds of 1700MB/s and 1400MB/s respectively. If you need a bit more SD card space, then the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-I comes with 1TB of storage.

The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Go aims to add more storage to iOS devices. The SanDisk iXpand Wireless Charger is a Qi wireless charger with Bluetooth for Android and iOS devices, giving you the opportunity to juice up and back up your files.

KitGuru Says: I'm sure we'll be taking a deeper look at some of these storage devices in the months to come. Is there anything here that has piqued your interest?

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