Sony’s New Ultra-tough, High-speed External SSD Drives

Sony's New Ultra-tough, High-speed External SSD Drives

Sony has announced new Ultra-tough, High-speed External SSD Drives.

Key features

  • High performance SL-M series and standard compact SL-C series designed for photographers, videographers and creators needing to process large data files at higher speed
  • Ultra tough in every aspect; the SL-M series and SL-C series are dustproof, waterproof, impact proof, and highly durable
  • Up to 1000MB/s read and write speed
  • Hardware encryption with intelligent utility software to protect and secure your work

The new SL-M series and the standard compact SL-C series are external SSD drives that boast ultra-toughness, high-speed, hardware encryption and new utility software features aimed at photographers and videographers providing them the peace of mind to know that their data is safe even in challenging environments. The SL-M and SL-C’s high speeds enable quicker workflow when processing, editing, duplicating and storing data.

Designed for field use

Sony's New Ultra-tough, High-speed External SSD Drives

The SL-M series and SL-C series both feature a one-piece aluminum body with an omnidirectional shockproof construction that according to Sony, provides the user with a sense of security when it comes to storing data.

With an IP67 rating, both series are dustproof and waterproof and feature a USB Type-C port that is waterproof even without a sealing cap. Data is also protected even if dropped in up to 3 feet of water. The external SSD drives are claimed to be highly durable and can withstand pressure of up to 6000kg. Additionally, the SL-M series and SL-C series are impact proof, withstanding drops from up to 9 feet.

Both the SL-M series and SL-C series have a wave-surface aluminum body providing slip free grip along with an easy-to-find silver and yellow design. Both models feature a LED so it’s easy to see, as well as rubber bands to hold ID labels in place and label stickers to identify different drives.


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The SL-M series has read and write speed of up to 1000MB/s, while the standard compact SL-C series has up to 540MB/s read speed and 520MB/s write speed. Both series also feature a USB 3.1 Gen 2 (USB Type-C) interface and the SL-M series is able to achieve reasonably fast high speeds by using NVMe SSD technology.


Sony's New Ultra-tough, High-speed External SSD Drives

These external SSD drives include four helpful features to make sure that your data is always safe. First, with password protection, data can be secured with hardware encryption providing AES 256-bit encryption without any speed decline.  Second, dual password protection is supported on the SSD Utility app which is free to download. The owner (administrator) can share the locked drive with other users using just the user password, without having to reveal the administrator password. Plus, with cross platform compatibility, users can set a password to lock from a Mac then open from Windows PCs or Android smartphones, and vice versa.

Third, the Lifetime Checker, also available on the SSD Utility app, helps check the condition of the storage drive so the user can be prepared when they’re reaching their limit. Through the SSD Utility app, updates or upgrades can be applied to keep the device working perfectly. Fourth, file rescue software helps to reduce fear over losing precious data. Accidentally deleted files including RAW or high-resolution videos may be recovered, giving the user greater peace of mind.

Price & Availability

Both models with be available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB storage capacities.

The SL-M series and SL-C series will be available from summer 2019 and pricing is to be confirmed.

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