The OWC Envoy Pro Elektron is a new pocket-sized USB-C bus SSD. It's shatterproof and dustproof and offers real-world speeds of up to 1011 MB / s. The SSD will be available in capacities of 240 GB, 480 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB.
In recent years, SSDs with USB-C bus operation have become increasingly popular with filmmakers for a number of reasons (not just). They are cheaper than memory cards (price per GB), there are an increasing number of cameras that support recording directly on these SSDs via USB-C ports, and processing can possibly be done directly from these drives.
OWC offers a variety of products related to data storage. The company recently announced a new pocket-sized USB-C SSD called the OWC Envoy Pro Elektron. They claim that it is the fastest and toughest mini SSD in the world. Let's take a quick look at the features and specifications.
OWC Envoy Pro Elektron SSD
Image source: OWC
It seems that one of the main selling points of this new drive is its speed. OWC claims that the Envoy Pro Elektron SSD offers real world performance of up to 1011MB / s thanks to an advanced OWC Aura SSD with NVMe technology.
Size demonstration. Source: OWC
The drive is pocket-sized with an aircraft-grade aluminum housing that helps dissipate heat. It has protection class IP67 – the drive is unbreakable, dustproof and waterproof. In addition to the obvious USB-C port, there is also a status LED on the drive. With the included USB-C cable and type A adapter, the OWC Envoy Pro Elektron is plug-and-play compatible with Macs or PCs as well as iPad Pro and Chromebook tablets.
Image source: OWC
Competing SSD speeds
If you look at the USB-C SSDs currently available, OWC seems to be among the fastest. Please note that this is neither a real comparison nor a test. This is taken from B & H's paper specifications.
The Samsung T5 offers a maximum of 540 MB / s (read) and 515 MB / s (write). The SSD with G technology offers speeds of up to 560 MB / s, the portable SSD from Sandisk Extreme offers speeds of up to 550 MB / s, and the Angelbird SSD2GO MK2 offers speeds of 560 MB / s (read) and 530 MB / s (writing). The Samsung T7 and the Western Digital My Passport SSD both offer a sequential read speed of up to 1050 MB / s and a sequential write speed of up to 1000 MB / s.
OWC Envoy Pro Elektron SSD. Source: OWC
Price and availability
The Envoy Pro Elektron will soon be available in capacities of 240 GB, 480 GB, 1.0 TB and 2.0 TB. Shipping will begin in early and mid-November 2020. Pricing has been set at $ 99 (240GB), $ 149 (480GB), $ 199 (1TB), and $ 369 (2TB).
What do you think of this new SSD? Do you use SSDs for video recording? Have you had a good experience with OWC drives? Let us know in the comments section below the article.