HP P700 is a tiny USB Type-C SSD capable of 1000 MB/s transfer rates
The HP P700 is the OEM's latest portable SSD that utilizes USB Type-C Gen. 2 speeds to maximize transfer rates. Whereas regular external HDDs top out at about 100 MB/s, the P700 advertises speeds of up to 10 times that.
Our 1 TB test unit here comes courtesy of BIWIN who is an official partner and reseller of HP drives. The unit has only a single USB Type-C port meaning you'll need either a USB Type-C to Type-C or USB Type-C to Type-A cable depending on your host system. Luckily, the retail package includes a Type-C to Type-A cable and a Type-C adapter.
Benchmarks do indeed show the SSD running close to the claimed 1000 MB/s in sequential read rates. Sequential write rates are a tad bit slower but still above 900 MB/s. Surface temperatures can approach 39 C if you plan on transferring files for long periods. Speeds begin to slow when dealing with 32 KB block sizes or smaller as is usual for SSDs.
Note that the drive will be compatible with USB Type-C Gen. 1 ports as well where bandwidth is still more than sufficient at 5 Gbps.
One small complaint about the drive is that there is no flashing LED to indicate activity. Servicing is also out of the question as there are no screws to speak of. Otherwise, we're surprised at how light and minimalist the aluminum casing is.
We don't have a price of launch date for the HP P700 just yet, but we will update this page once we do.
|Capacity||256 GB/512 GB/1 TB|
|Interface||USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Type-C (10 Gbps)|
|Max Transfer Rate||1000 MB/s read, 1000 MB/s write|
|Size||92 x 65 x 9.2 mm|
|System Requirements||Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.9, Android 4.4+|
BIWIN Storage and HP business partner