ASUS ROG Strix Arion S500: available in Italy the external SSD with speeds up to 1050 MB / s

ASUS ROG Strix Arion S500: available in Italy the external SSD with speeds up to 1050 MB / s

ASUS ROG Strix Arion S500

ASUS has announced the official availability for the Italian market of the ASUS ROG Strix Arion S500, an external SSD with 500 GB of capacity and an aggressive look that takes advantage of USB-C Gen 2 connectivity to reach up to 1050 MB / s of speed. transfer.

Amazon Offer ASUS ROG Strix Arion S500 Portable SSD, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 500 GB Capacity, NVMe SSD, Transfer Speed ​​Up to 1 ... € 139.9 € 119.99

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The Arion chassis, also available in a stand alone version that allows you to transform any M.2 NVMe SSD into external disks, is all in aluminum, includes a built-in thermal pad and includes effective RGB lighting, obviously compatible with Aura Sync technology. Inside, however, is a 500 GB Phison unit with a maximum speed of 1050 MB / s that uses DRAM memory and a large SLC cache to ensure consistent performance with the transfer of large amounts of data.

The ASUS ROG Strix Arion S500 promises consistent performance thanks to a large SLC cache On the software side we find instead AES 256-bit data protection, NTI Backup Now EZ software with data recovery function and ASUS ROG SSD Dashboard that allows you to control lighting and other parameters. All at the service of an SSD available for a few weeks on Amazon, but which with the Italian launch has dropped to a price of 119.99 euros against the recommended price of 139.90 euros. The following are the technical characteristics of the ASUS ROG Strix Arion S500:

ASUS ROG Strix Arion S500 data sheet

Type: 500 GB external NVMe SSD Connectivity: USB3.2 Gen 2X1 10Gbps Controller: Phison Sequential reading: 1050 MB / s Dimensions: 124.57 x 47.76 x 10.85 mm Weight: 107 g Warranty: 5 years Recommended price: 139.90 euros

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Review: Asus ROG Strix Arion SSD (500GB)

...Asus adds some visual pizzazz with two-zone RGB.

Asus builds on the release of the ROG Strix Arion SSD enclosure by, this time, putting a drive in it for those wanting a fit-and-finished product. By amalgamating a proven Phison E12 NVMe SSD Asus covers the performance bases for an external storage solution capable of transmitting data at 1GB/s.

Differentiating from the norm via a metal heatsink, which works well, Asus adds visual pizzazz with two-zone RGB.

That said, Asus is stingy with the capacity, as 500GB is the only option, the company really ought to include a second Type-C-to-A cable, and pricing feels expensive compared to similar performance drives from WD and Seagate.

We'd likely buy the enclosure on its own and pair it with an inexpensive drive such as a WD Blue SN570 1TB. You'd get double the capacity for not much more.

Bottom line: Asus needs to work on capacity and pricing for the Arion ROG Strix S500 SSD to make sense in an already congested marketplace.

The Good


The Bad

Great build and good looksConsistent performanceEasy to upgrade

 500GB capacity is on the low endFeels expensiveHEXUS.where2buy



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