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Teamgroup PD1000 external rugged SSD review


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Teamgroup has quietly established itself as a capable alternative to the bigger brands out there and the PD1000 is certainly the best example of what it can achieve. This external solid state drive is not only IP68-rated and shockproof, it is also one of the fastest USB 3.2 Gen 2 storage devices we’ve tested on sustained read speeds. If that wasn’t enough, its aluminum enclosure is scratch resistant and acts like a giant heat sink as well which keeps operating temperatures under control and may be one of the factors that explains why the PD1000 has a three-year warranty.

Best of all though, it is one of the most affordable external SSDs on the market regardless of performance. The 1TB model we tested retails for just under $130 at Amazon while the 2TB is even cheaper (per unit storage) at $234 (or $117 per TB). A 512GB version is also available but we’d give it a wide berth. Note that you can add a 3-year data recovery plan on Amazon for a mere $14.99, which is an absolute no-brainer. In a nutshell, if your drive stops working, the Rescue data recovery plan “will attempt to recover the data from the failed drive and recovered data will be returned on a media storage device or via secure cloud storage.”

Design

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Design

The PD1000 shares the same design with the PD400, a storage device that we reviewed in June 2020 and got a solid recommendation from us. It has a brushed metallic finish (that is reminiscent of the popular Samsung T5 portable SSD) with a minimalist, anodized matte finish and a navy blue/champagne gold colour scheme.

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Angled Side View

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It has a more rectangular shape compared to its predecessor and at 71g, is significantly lighter as well. Its dimensions – 107 x 40 x 11mm – are small enough for it to be easily carried around. Note that its chassis is made of aluminum, one that will act as a big heatsink to dissipate heat generated by the drive.

QR Code

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Uniquely amongst the drives that we’ve reviewed recently, this one provides some extra details on its back. A QR code, email and website addresses, key features and finally, capacity. There’s no status lights and only one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C connector.

The drive comes with two cables, one with a Type-C connector and the other one with a type-A for legacy compatibility. Both are braided to improve strength and are approximately 300mm in length.

USB-C Port

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The PD1000 is IP68-rated, meaning that it is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof thanks to its US MIL-STD-810G 516.6 Procedure IV certification. Just make sure the connector is totally dry before you plug anything in or you might damage the electronics.

Hardware

Teamgroup disclosed that the PD1000 is powered by a JMS583 bridge controller. It is likely that it uses a similar set of components to the MP33, an entry level Teamgroup PCIe M.2 2280 SSD. We don’t know the exact type of NAND chip used inside the waterproof SSD but we’d expect TLC and a controller with DRAM.

SD Card Size Comparison

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Performance and in use



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