The Orico M.2 is about as affordable as they come, but still uses a high-quality storage controller from electronics giant Realtek. It transmits over the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface and accommodates drives ranging from 30 to 80 millimeters long.
- Aluminum heat sink
- Doesn't include enough thermal pads
- Made mostly from plastic
OWC Express 4M2
If high capacity is what you need, it’s hard to beat the OWC Express 4M2 , which can hold up to 8 terabytes worth of storage and is compatible with software RAID configurations that allow for either reassuring data redundancy or maximum speeds of 2,800 megabytes per second.
- Supports thunderbolt daisy-chaining
- Displayport passthrough
- Somewhat bulky construction
There are few storage expansion peripherals like the Netstor NA622 , which can house four SSDs, including those in the 110-millimeter form factor, and leverage them together for a maximum theoretical transfer rate of nearly three gigabytes per second.
- 3-way fan switch
- Uses the thunderbolt 3 bus
- Is very expensive
Quite a bit different from most, the Glyph Dock is actually a high-powered laptop docking station, complete with SuperSpeed USB Type-A and C ports, a UHS-II SD card reader, separate microphone and headphones jacks, and 87 watts of Power Delivery.
- Can charge macbooks at full speed
- Displayport capable of 5k output
- Transfer rates are below average
Ideal for those who frequently deal with heavy workloads, the Fledgling Shell has a built-in fan that keeps your high-speed drive cool no matter how hard it’s working. It doesn’t even sacrifice portability, either, as it’s still easy to fit in your pocket or laptop bag.
- Completely bus powered
- Accommodates up to 4 terabytes
- Costs quite a bit
Asus ROG Strix Arion
If you want to transport games or other media and look good going it, the Asus ROG Strix Arion is a good choice thanks to its angular design and Aura Sync RGB ecosystem compatibility. It can move up to 10 gigabits per second, making it ideal for use with the PlayStation 5.
- Thermal pads to dissipate heat
- Supports 30 to 80-millimeter sizes
- For both b- and m-keyed drives
Because of its high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, the Orico APM2T3 performs just about as well as an internal drive, in terms of bandwidth, latency, and CPU usage, although it’s not compatible with basic USB 3.1 or 3.2 Type-C ports.
- Includes a certified cable
- Doesn't weigh very much
- Not very cost effective
Software RAID 0 and 1 support allows the Trebleet Two-Slot to reach significantly higher throughput than most options, or create a mirrored volume to ensure the safety of your data. It uses the Thunderbolt 3 standard and is powered by the included AC adapter.
- 60-watt power delivery passthrough
- Capable of daisy-chaining
- Certified to work with macbooks
The premium construction quality and internal components of the Plugable USBC mean it should work quickly and reliably for a long time to come. Its heat sink consists of extruded aluminum fins built into the faces of the body and it has plenty of air holes on the sides.
- Slides open without any tools
- Flexible pin for securing the chip
- Backed by a two-year warranty
From a leader in reliable and reasonably priced storage peripherals comes the Sabrent EC-TFNE , which can be assembled without any tools and supports a maximum throughput of 10 gigabits per second using the USB 3.2 protocol.
- An aluminum body
- Compact construction
- Rugged ip67 rated version available