15 Aug

Amazing new SSDs for professionals: We test the fastest, toughest and safest SSDs, ever

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SSDs Just got Series SSDs Just got Series Angelbird


Beautiful Design

The Angelbird drives are almost unbelievably well designed. They look lovely, they're made from anodised aluminium, and are very solid. And they really are tough: the external cases are made from a single block of aluminium. Overall, you get the impression that these could survive the end of the world and still look lovely.

There's a reason they're built like this. They're designed and Made in Austria, a small, central European country that's becoming increasingly known for its high-tech sector. Angelbird CEO, Roman Rabitsch told us that it was only possible to reach the highest quality levels and be able to make specialised products like these by doing everything from start-to finish in-house. Everything from the initial idea, the research and development and the manufacturing is done by Angelbird in Austria. Nothing is left to chance or a third party.

And the result is that they're made like nothing you've ever seen before. They are as far from the "Standard" way that SSDs are built as it's possible to get. There's such a feeling of solidity and quality from these drives that It's almost impossible to imagine how they could be made to feel any better.

You know what it's like when you buy an expensive camera, or a top-end lens? That's what these drives feel like.



Other Thoughtful Touches 

Built in UPS with 4 second power loss protection for maximum data safety

Overload and ESD protection

Highly accurate temperature sensor for monitoring heat with in-drive calibration

Two extra PCB layers for thermal and ground use

CNC machine crafted aluminium shell

For optimum thermal dissipation every NAND and the controller hosts a thermal pad between the components and the casing

Full load operation temperature of 35 degrees to ensure highest efficiency, maximum data security and a long life cycle

Every unit is hand built, tested and benched before getting shipped

No paint, glue or plastic is used; the product is built with the environment in mind and can easily be recycled

The packaging is made from 100% recycled paper and does not use any ink for printing: it is laser marked

No stickers or parts on the housing which could negatively affect the capability of hassle free use as cartridge for cameras, recorders or players





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  • I wonder if they're fast enough to allow the BMD Shuttle/Cinema to record HD @ 50P/60P instead of the current 50i/60i limitation...

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  • Good question, Craig. I'm pretty sure that they'd be fast enough, but it depends on the software and the processing power in the Shuttle. It's not just the data rate but the fact that twice the frame-rate needs twice the processing power, potentially - especially if there's compression involved. But you never know with Blackmagic!

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  • Hi,
    after reading your article, I contacted the Angelbird guys immediately. Since I am (running a small video production company, mainly producing for the Red Bull Media House), based in Austria and they are as well, I thought we should hook up. So they send me through two of their latest SSD drives, an external "SSD2go" with 240GB, which I haven't been able to test properly yet, and an internal SSD, called AVpro. The latter is currently not available to regular costumers and will probably be presented at the IBC.
    However, today I found the time to test the internal one. Even though in the professional broadcasting world, it will probably mainly used for external recorders like the Atomos, I decided to give it a try as an internal system ssd on my Macbook Pro (late 2011, with hrdwrk apapter including the standard 500gb drive 5400upm drive that came with the MBP).
    Before that, I had a Corsair Force GT with 120Gb as a system drive. It was filled with about 60 gb, which I fully cloned to the AVpro. I had both drives connected via the regular, internal SATA3 and then via thunderbolt connection, cannibalizing a Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt 1TB (which is the best use for it anyway, the drive that came with it is horrible).
    The results:
    - Corsair ForceGT via internal SATA3: 169 MB/s write, 411 MB/s read.
    - Angelbird AVpro via internal SATA3: 312 MB/s write, 497 MB/s read.
    - Corsair ForceGT via Thunderbolt: 131 MB/s write, 340 MB/s
    - Angelbird AVpro via Thunderbolt: 270 MB/s write, 398 MB/s read.

    I'm no hardware freak or anything, but I was blown away by the speed of the drive. It writes almost double the speed of the Corsair, which, when I bought it last year, was supposed to be a good drive.
    I know, there is (or rather will be) a significant price gap between those drives (and in this case in size as well), but right now, I don't see how this drive could not be worth its money.
    I should also add, that I'm not in any way related to Angelbird, besides us both being situated in Austria.

    Yeah, just my two cents. You can definitely believe the RedShark guys here with this review. If you get on one of these drives, buy 'em. Right away.

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