Measuring just 9mm thick, 43mm wide and 90mm tall, this slimline portable drive is only slightly larger than the new iPod nano. Verbatim External SSD also includes a little carrying pouch as well, so it's easy to slip it into your pocket or into a bag alongside your laptop when you hit the road.
The glossy, black plastic casing looks smart enough, but doesn't feel all that strong. It'll be fine if you just carry it in your pocket as you head off to your favourite coffee shop, but if you regularly work outdoors then you might want to pay a little extra for one of the faster and more rugged drives from LaCie or Elgato.
The drive's performance won't take your breath away either. Like the Kingston HyperX Max 3.0, the Verbatim External SSD suffers from relatively poor write speeds – a mere 45.8MB/s with the large files of the Aja System Test and 60.0MB/s when backing up our 5GB batch of smaller test files. Read performance is better, at 180.2MB/s and 211.0MB/s respectively.
But, to be fair, those speeds still put it well ahead of a conventional USB 2.0 drive, and with a price of just £89 for a model with 128GB capacity it works out far cheaper than any of the other drives with comparable capacity. Kingston's Hyper X 3.0 provides slightly better performance and costs about £6 less, but it only offers 64GB of storage compared 128GB for the External SSD. There's also a 256GB model that costs £219, which again is cheaper than any of its rivals that offer 256GB capacities.
It may not be the fastest solid-state drive currently available, but the Verbatim External SSD is definitely one of the cheapest and is well worth considering if you just want a compact and affordable back-up device for your laptop.