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SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 Review

A high-performance SSD that's durable, boasts exceptional transfer rates, looks good, and travels well
SanDisk Extreme Portable V2
Credit: Western Digital
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Price:   $230 List | $199.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Phenomenal transfer rates, very portable, convenient hoop, rubber coated
Cons:  Expensive, limited capacity
Manufacturer:   SanDisk
By Ross Patton ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 7, 2022
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  • Read/Write Performance - 60% 9.9
  • Portability - 10% 10.0
  • Convenience - 30% 8.8

Our Verdict

While the price can seem a bit daunting, the SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 excels in every aspect of its overall performance. SSDs are known to be extra durable thanks to their lack of moving parts, but SanDisk also thought to give the Extreme a rubber coat for an added layer of protection. The hoop is very convenient for clipping the device to the inside of bags and backpacks, and we love the aesthetics offered by this model. Best of all, it's lightning-fast when it comes to reading and writing data.

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Pros Phenomenal transfer rates, very portable, convenient hoop, rubber coatedMilitary MIL-STD-810G impact resistance, fantastic performance, very portable and compact, IP68 waterproof ratingWidely compatible, pleasing look, powered by USBBudget-friendly, straightforwardAffordable, compact for HDD, highly compatible
Cons Expensive, limited capacityPricey, limited memory capacity optionsOther models offer more memory, no impact certification, so-so speedsOddly slow on Mac OS, limited storage capacity options, rare cable type, heavy for its sizeNot the fastest read and write speed, other models offer higher capacity, rare cable type
Bottom Line A high-performance SSD that's durable, boasts exceptional transfer rates, looks good, and travels wellThe ultimate external hard drive when it comes to durability, as it's waterproof and shockproofA sleek looking HDD with optimal compatibility and great performance across the boardSimple, lightweight and portable SSD with a great price per GB of storageAn admirable external HDD that's pint sized, performs okay, and is economical
Rating Categories SanDisk Extreme Por... Adata SE800 Western Digital P10 Toshiba Canvio Basics Western Digital Ele...
Read/Write Performance (60%)
9.9
8.7
3.2
3.3
3.3
Portability (10%)
10.0
10.0
7.0
7.7
7.0
Convenience (30%)
8.8
8.6
8.1
5.1
5.3
Specs SanDisk Extreme Por... Adata SE800 Western Digital P10 Toshiba Canvio Basics Western Digital Ele...
Measured Max Speed in MB/sec 1066.51 MB/s 1009.29 MB/s 135.84 MB/s 145.03 MB/s 124.36 MB/s
Measured Max Drag and Drop 1000.00 MB/s 714.30 MB/s 100.00 MB/s 142.86 MB/s 113.64 MB/s
Drive Type SSD SSD HDD HDD HDD
Compatibility Windows and MacOS. Bonus: Works with Android (tested on Note 10+) Windows and MacOS. Bonus: Playstation 4/4Pro & 5. Xbox One & Series X|S. Works with Android (tested on Note 10+) Windows and MacOS. Bonus: Playstation 4/4Pro & 5. Xbox One & Series X|S. Works with Android (tested on Note 10+) Windows and MacOS. Bonus: Works with Android (tested on Note 10+) Windows and MacOS. Bonus: Works with Android (tested on Note 10+)
Size 3.96" x 2.06" x 0.36" 2.86" x 1.73" x 0.48" 4.64" x 3.46" x 0.48" 4.27 x 3.06" x 0.55" 4.34" x 3.22" x 0.59"
Volume 2.94 cu.in. 2.37 cu.in. 7.71 cu.in. 7.19 cu.in. 8.25 cu.in.
Weight 2.02 oz 1.38 oz 4.97 oz 5.10 oz 4.71 oz
Storage Size Tested 2 TB 1 TB 2 TB 2 TB 2 TB
Storage Options 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB 512GB, 1TB 2TB, 4TB, 5TB 1TB, 2TB, 4TB 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 5TB

Our Analysis and Test Results

The SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 brings all of the attributes that we've come to know and trust from SanDisk. This model is right at home in your backpack or laptop bag, thanks to its rubber coating and hoop for clipping or tying it to whatever you choose. It's ready to use on various consoles and operating systems directly out of the box. The attribute that genuinely separates this model from the others is that it is stupendously fast at reading and writing files. The V2 is perfect for those constantly on the go and who want to write and access files as quickly as possible.

Performance Comparison


SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 external hard drive - if you're looking for an external solid-state drive, it's hard to...
If you're looking for an external solid-state drive, it's hard to beat the SanDisk Extreme.
Credit: Laura Casner

Read/Write Performance


Of all of our testing metrics, our team decided that reading and writing capabilities of an external hard drive are the most important factors to consider when judging overall performance. For this reason, we opted to dedicate 60% of the total score to this section of the review. Our assessment was broken down into two sub-metrics to judge speed — optimal speeds for which we let the software do the measuring and actual measured speeds where we timed the transfer rate of drag and drop files. For the optimal speed testing portion of this metric, we ran tests for sequential files as well as for random data. We ran all of our experiments for both Windows and Mac OS.


For Mac, we used the AmorphousDeskMark test software to measure speeds. The Extreme Portable V2 showed fantastic results for this assessment with a sequential data read rate of 673 MB per second and an average random data read speed of 30 MB per second.

SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 external hard drive - the measured read and write speeds of the extreme portable v2 while...
The measured read and write speeds of the Extreme Portable V2 while using Mac OS were simply unmatched during our assessment.
Credit: Matt Spencer

We used CrystalDiskMark test software to measure speed while using Windows. Again, the Extreme Portable V2 performed phenomenally well. Its random data read speed jumped to 271 MB per second, and its sequential read speed showed the fastest we've seen to date at 1064 MB per second.

SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 external hard drive - while using read and write speed testing software for windows, the...
While using read and write speed testing software for Windows, the Extreme Portable V2 put up results like we've never seen before.
Credit: Matt Spencer

For the drag and drop test, we timed how long each external hard drive took to transfer three different sized files — 1GB, 5GB, and 10GB. We performed these experiments for both Mac OS and Windows. While transferring data on a Mac, the SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 was able to drag and drop a 1GB file in two seconds, a 5GB file in seven seconds, and a 10GB file in 22 seconds for an average rate of 547 MB per second. When we performed the same test using Windows, the Portable V2 was faster for the smaller 1GB file at a time of one second, slightly slower for 5GB with a time of 10 seconds, and essentially the same as Mac for a 10GB file at 23 seconds. The average MB per second for all three files was 586. Using Windows, this model was more than twice as fast as the closest competitor in our review.

SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 external hard drive - during our drag and drop speed assessment, the extreme portable v2...
During our drag and drop speed assessment, the Extreme Portable V2 was more than twice as fast as the second place model while transferring large files using Windows OS.
Credit: Laura Casner

Convenience


For the next 30% of our total score, our team of tech experts analyzed the subtle nuances that make each model user-friendly. We looked at what formatting was required to set up each drive, whether the devices were compatible across several operating systems or if they work with gaming consoles, their connections, storage capacity options, and what type of warranty the manufacturer offers for their product.


The V2 offers excellent compatibility. Right out of the package, it is compatible and interchangeable with Mac OS, Windows, phones, and gaming systems. It comes with both USB A and USB C cables. The USB A cable works with computers that aren't exactly on the cutting edge in case you need to rescue some files from a technological dinosaur. USB C is widely used for various devices ranging from smartphones to drones to action cameras to Bluetooth headphones. If you're anything like us, you have a ton of these cables lying around your house and your office, which means you don't have to worry if you misplace one. The V2 is offered in capacities of up to 2TB, which is a lot, but if you require even more memory, you'll likely want to go with an HDD.

SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 external hard drive - the sandisk is impressively convenient. just unbox it, plug it in...
The Sandisk is impressively convenient. Just unbox it, plug it in, and get going!
Credit: Laura Casner

Portability


If you're like the GearLab Team, you're continually on the go. We're constantly moving our drives between the office, the lab, and the field. Sometimes our external hard drives get shared between team members, sometimes they go home with us for the weekend, and sometimes they end up getting used on a layover in an airport on the other side of the world. If you know you're going to be throwing your drive in a laptop bag regularly, it's nice to know how well it can handle the abuse. For this metric, we studied the transportability of each model, which accounts for the final 10% of our total score.


We deemed the Extreme Portable V2 to be just about as portable as it gets. This model is just a bit smaller than the palm of your hand, measuring at a mere 4" x 3" x 0.3". To put it in perspective, it weighs 57 grams, which is about one-third the weight of most iPhones. The Portable lives up to its name — it easily slips into your pocket or computer bag. Although it doesn't have any shock test ratings, the rubberized coat on the body undoubtedly helps with impacts and, at a bare minimum, helps minimize the risk of it slipping off of your desk. If you want added peace of mind while transporting the device, the hoop built into the body allows the drive to easily be attached to a bag or whatever else you can think of with a carabiner or a clip.

SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 external hard drive - with a rubberized coat and a hoop for attaching to a carabiner, the...
With a rubberized coat and a hoop for attaching to a carabiner, the SanDisk Extreme Portable V2 can go just about anywhere.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


In the realm of external hard drives, if you want ultimate performance, you will have to pay for it. There really is no sugar coating it — the Extreme V2 is pricey. Considering that it's at the head of the pack for every single one of our testing metrics, we think it's worth every penny.

Conclusion


If you want the very best out of a standard state external hard drive, we recommend the SanDisk Extreme Portable V2. This model is highly portable, easy to use, and absolutely lightning fast. The price can be a bit daunting, but our rigorous and comprehensive testing results don't lie — this external SSD is the best of the best.

Ross Patton

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