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All-aluminum 1 TB HP P500 external SSD weighs just 1.7 oz, offers up to 460 MB/s read rates

All-aluminum HP P500 external SSD offers up to 460 MB/s read rates with 3-year warranty as standard
All-aluminum HP P500 external SSD offers up to 460 MB/s read rates with 3-year warranty as standard
At just under 50 grams, the pocket-friendly USB Type-C SSD comes standard with 3-year warranty in capacities ranging from 120 GB up to 1 TB.
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After having recently checked out the HP P700 external SSD, we're now ready to take a look at the HP P500 courtesy of BIWIN Storage.

The P500 USB Type-C SSD is encased in aluminum for increased ruggedness and portability when compared to its P700 counterpart. Transfer rates, however, are much slower at just 260 to 420 MB/s maximum compared to 1000 MB/s on the P700. This is the trade-off users will have to make if deciding between the faster, warmer, and more frail P700 or slower, cooler, and more robust P500.

The drive comes pre-formatted in exFAT for compatibility with Windows, Mac and Android devices via USB-A or USB-C; no external power source is required other than from the host device. While we had no issues reaching the claimed 420 MB/s read rate, block sizes would have to be at least 512 KB or greater in order to obtain such speeds. Write rates perform better in this regard as the maximum of 260 MB/s is sustainable at block sizes as low as 64 KB. If you're planning on transferring lots of very small files from the external drive to desktop, however, expect it take a while.

The HP P500 is now available in 500 GB for $139 USD with other capacities coming soon. 

Capacity120 GB250 GB500 GB1 TB
InterfaceUSB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps)USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps)USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps)USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps)
Maximum Transfer Rate370 MB/s read
110 MB/s write
370 MB/s read
200 MB/s write
370 MB/s read
200 MB/s write
420 MB/s read
260 MB/s write
Dimensions79.1 x 53.9 x 10 mm79.1 x 53.9 x 10 mm79.1 x 53.9 x 10 mm79.1 x 53.9 x 10 mm
Weight<50 g<50 g<50 g<50 g
System RequirementsWindows 7/8/10/Mac/AndroidWindows 7/8/10/Mac/AndroidWindows 7/8/10/Mac/AndroidWindows 7/8/10/Mac/Android
Warranty Period3 years or 80 TBW3 years or 160 TBW3 years or 320 TBW3 years or 650 TBW
Packaging could have been smaller to accentuate how small the drive really is
Packaging could have been smaller to accentuate how small the drive really is
Included in box: Manual, USB-C to USB-C cable, USB-A to USB-C adapter, and SSD
Included in box: Manual, USB-C to USB-C cable, USB-A to USB-C adapter, and SSD
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Allen Ngo, 2020-05-28 (Update: 2020-06- 1)