Seagate’s FireCuda Gaming SSD and BarraCuda Fast SSD will appeal to those looking for a convenient way to give their laptop a boost, starting at less than $100.
(FireCuda Gaming SSD)
LAS VEGAS—Does your gaming laptop need a boost? Seagate is introducing two external SSD drives at CES that might fit the bill.
The FireCuda Gaming SSD will go on sale in March starting at $189 for the 500GB model. It’s been built with the newer NVMe protocol to enable faster data transfer speeds over the drive’s USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C port, which can deliver read speeds of up to 2000MB/second.
(FireCuda Gaming SSD)
But to take full advantage of the fast data transfer rate, you’ll need a PC with a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port. Otherwise, the speeds will be limited to whatever USB version your machine has. For reference, USB 3.1 (also known as USB 3.2 Gen 2) can attain speeds of 1250 MB/s. USB 3.0, on the other hand, is capable of 625 MB/s, which is still faster than a conventional 7200 RPM mechanical hard drive. (Real-world transfer speeds may vary though.)
Other perks of the FireCuda Gaming SSD include LED lighting, which the owner can customize to flash a wide range of different colors. If you need more storage, you can buy the 1TB model at $259 while the 2TB version will cost you $499.
(BarraCuda Fast SSD)
For consumers on a budget, Seagate is also preparing to release a more affordable external drive with a separate product called the BarraCuda Fast SSD. It’ll launch in February at $94 for the 500GB model.
The product is cheaper because it uses the older SATA-based SSD technology for read/write speeds at 540 MB/s. It also swaps out the USB 3.2 Gen2x2 port for a slower USB 3.1 Type-C port, and nixes the customizable LED lighting for a single color: a neon green tint.
The BarraCuda Fast SSD will be available in two other models: the 1TB version willl go for $169, while the 2TB version will cost $299.
Laptops often only have 128GB or 256GB SSDs on board, so the new products from Seagate will appeal to anyone looking for a convenient way to expand their PC’s memory. Both external drives are small enough to fit in one hand, making them easy to transport.