As far as performance is concerned, they're made from synchronised 3000PE/cycle grade A micron NANDs and are optimised for speed and reliability throughout. We tested the SSD2go Pro via USB3 with the Blackmagic Disk Test and here are the results. (Remember that this is a first look. We did nothing to optimise our test set-up and we went through a USB 3 hub. Under more scientific conditions, other independent testers have achieved even higher speeds than this. If we had tested the eSATA connection we would have seen even higher speeds.)
To be honest, we're blown away by these drives. The SSD2go Pro is so fast that you could easily even run a virtual machine from it. For transferring your video files, there's nothing like it. You could certainly edit directly from it.
The AVPro SSD feels like it was always intended to be used as a removable cartridge. It's as if it was designed as a new type of media cartridge that has to last for ages in tough conditions, and be very fast at the same time. It's almost analogous to XDCAM or P2 storage - both designed for rugged, professional use, except that they don't come clad in solid aluminium. When you see it, you realise how inadequate "standard" SSDs are. And with the built-in UPSs to avoid cache errors (data loss) if power is lost, your data is safer than it's ever been.
These aren't cheap, but they inspire confidence, with amazingly high speeds and a wide range of safety measures. We think they're utterly professional, and in today's production landscape, you really do need something like this.
We'll be looking at these drives in more detail soon. For more info go to Angelbird.
The products are expected to be released around the same time as IBC in September