Transcend ESD250C 480GB Portable SSD Review

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We’ve grown familiar with Transcend’s line of storage products from microSD cards to portable storage solutions. So the next one we have right here isn’t exactly a stranger for us. Meet the Transcend ESD250C, a portable SSD that’s super classy it definitely fits the professional profile.


This is full on Transcend signature packaging right here – that black, white and red color scheme is all too familiar, and pretty much the clear cut box to give you the ESD250C in full frontal view. 

The ESD250C  is encased in an acrylic case, while a box underneath it comes with two USB cables, one with both USB Type-C on both ends, and one with a USB Type-C and a USB Type-A port to give you options in connecting it with the still current standard. There’s also a couple of pamphlets for a quick installation guide, and info on more of Transcend’s products.


If there’s one word to sum up the ESD250C’s design, it’s definitely going to be classy. It’s slender exterior is made of aluminum construction, giving it some nice shine to it. Transcend also dubs its color “space-gray” and it does feel right at home with your minimalist setup.

Moving forward, there’s a singular USB Type-C located at the end of the ESD250C. Transcend’s branding is up front, which is done nicely by the way. Also, to note, the USB cables Transcend supplies, while they appear short, they’re adequately enough for you to place it on your desk and have it reach the USB ports of your PC, or easily your laptop’s.


When it comes to performance, the ESD250C comes with 3D NAND flash storage, and you have options for 240GB, 480GB (the one we have right now) and 960GB.  Transcend claims the ESD250C can hit 520MB/s read and 460MB/s write performance, and we’ll be putting that to the test.


Motherboard: GIGABYTE AB350M-DH3
CPU: AMD RYZEN 5 1600 3.2GHz
GPU: PowerColor Red Devil RX 590 8GB
Cooler: Corsair H60 (2018)
Storage: Plextor M9e 512GB M.2 SSD + Seagate BarraCuda 4TB + 2TB Western Digital Green HDD
PSU: EVGA 500 BV, 80+ BRONZE 500W
Case: Silverstone RL06
OS: Windows 10 Pro N
Display: ViewSonic VX2758 144Hz Monitor

ATTO Disk Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark is an industry leading benchmark that help measure performance of system storage such as hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays, and so forth.

Crystal Disk Mark
We begin with one of the storage benchmark standards with Crystal Disk Mark to measure both of its read and write rates through a series of tests.

AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark can determine an SSD's performance by conducting several specific tests on sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache.

Real World Performance
For the real world performance, we'll be using a set of 20GB file consisting of 119 video files, as well as an archived 16GB to test it out. The time is measured in seconds, and of course, lower is better.

Given that the ESD250C's USB Type-C connection gives you plenty of options when it comes to productivity, you'll be pleased to note you can also use it if your mobile device also supports USB Type-C connections. It doesn't stop there. The ESD250C also offers connectivity to USB Type-A ports, so you'll also be able to connect it to your gaming console.

The Transcend ESD250C connected to the Huawei P9, adding 447.13GB of storage space


The Transcend Elite Data Management software is quite handy - it's a one stop shop that lets you back up, restore, encrypt, decrypt, sync your data, and back up files from Google Drive or Dropbox to Transcend's storage device. 


If you're looking for a performer storage device that you can carry around with you with the essential features you're going to need and with the aesthetics to spare, the Transcend ESD250C Portable SSD can easily deliver what you'll need. Its Who says you'll need to settle when you're going portable?

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