Portable SSD Case: ASUS ROG Strix Arion Lite Review

ASUS’ portable SSD box ROG Strix Arion Lite appeals to those who want to make their own portable SSD. When it comes to portable SSDs, the most common complaint users have is cost. While SSD costs are already high, prices for portable models go up even higher. Here’s one way to control that cost is to choose your own SSD. ROG Strix Arion Lite is also a product that allows it.

ROG Strix Arion Lite is an SSD enclosure that supports the M.2 NVMe standard. The box supports M.2 PCIe NVM Express SSDs of size 2230/2242/2260/2280.

Hard Disk, as the name suggests, is a component that needs to be fixed. This is because there are moving parts inside. Especially if the read/write head touches the platters where the data is stored at the slightest jolt, permanent damage to the disk may occur. That is why it is important for portable disks to be SSDs in terms of robustness and data security. While SSDs are durable even against very large impacts, you may witness that the disk that falls off your desk becomes unusable again.

The most important issue when choosing an SSD box is actually quality. Based on our past experience, we can say that the most frequently broken components are the chips and circuit boards that do the conversion from SATA to USB or from NVMe to USB. In this context, it is useful to buy a quality product while looking at the SSD box.

Speed ​​is another factor. ROG Strix Arion Lite has a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C interface, which can offer 10 Gbps speeds. The product comes with a USB-C to C cable, but you can also connect it to a PC with a Type-A cable.

Another point to consider when choosing a portable SSD is durability. The aluminum alloy enclosure ensures the safety of the SSD, while the thermal pads enable cooler operation.

ROG Strix Arion Lite features a pin-shaped, thumb-insert system that makes it easy to place your SSD in the box. Thus, you do not need to use a screwdriver for assembly. You insert the needle into the not next to the Type-C port and the cap opens. Then you can remove the cover and mount your SSD.

After installing the portable SSD box, just open Disk Management to start using it. Then you need to say next in the window that appears. By default Windows will format the SSD with GPT partition table and NTFS file system.

If you say you don’t want to go to all this trouble, it’s fine. ASUS’ version with internal SSD is also available. ROG Strix Arion S500 comes directly with its own SSD.

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