Launched at the same time as the X9 Pro, Crucial's X10 Pro is its faster sibling using a full-speed USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 interface and is Crucial's fastest external SSD to date. Currently on sale for just under £180, it's time to put this drive through its paces and see what it brings to the table.
The X10 Pro comes in three capacities; 1TB, 2TB (the drive we are reviewing here) and a flagship 4TB model. Powered by a Silicon Motion SM2320 controller running at its full USB 3.2 Gen2 x 2 speed, 20Gbps (the X9 has it running at USB 3.2 Gen2 x 1 (10Gbps), the drive uses Micron's B47R 176-Layer 3D TLC NAND.
Crucial rate the drive as up to 2,100MB/s for reads and up to 2,000MB/s for writes. The X10 Pro comes with both 256‐bit AES hardware encryption and password protection. It has an IP55 rating for water/dust protection and can survive a drop of 2 meters, but only on a carpeted surface and let's be honest it would be a really big shock if it couldn't.
Crucial back the X10 Pro with a 5-year warranty.