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Crucial X8 1TB External SSD Review

The X8 comes in a compact box with an image of the drive on the front along with the capacity. Below the image is a white panel that displays the drive’s compatibility; Windows, macOS, PS4 and XBOX One. To the right of these is the read performance figure for the drive.

The rear of the box is covered by multilingual marketing and warranty information.

Crucial have designed a good looking chassis for the X8. The main body is constructed from anodised aluminium which also acts as a heat sink and has a rubber end cap on each end. Crucial says that drive can survive a 2m drop on a carpeted floor without damaging it. We couldn’t find any IP certification for the drive so it may not be dust or waterproof.

Inside the drive is a Crucial P1 NVMe drive using 64-layer 3D QLC (quad-level cell) NAND with an ASMedia 2362 NVMe bridge chip connecting the drive to the USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface.


Bundled with the drive is a USB Type-C cable, which is on the short side, and a compact USB Type-A to USB Type-C adaptor.

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