VisionTek Pocket SSD Drives

by  •  Dec 16, 2015

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Is that a hard drive in your pocket? Why yes it is!

VisionTek brings us a high capacity USB based portable SSD drive that makes it easy to have over 128GB of memory available at any time in case of emergency, work transfers, backup or even those IT techs who might install an entire OS on the drive! We got a chance to have a look at the 256GB version of VisionTek’s Pocket SSD 3.0 so read on and see if you should consider putting one in your pocket.

Official Word

VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs, today announced an expansion to the VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized Solid State Drives.

The Pocket SSD line is ideal for creative professionals, IT power users, and performance enthusiasts seeking ultra-fast media and large file transfers. Available in full density storage capacities of 128 gigabyte (GB) with an SRP of $89.99, 256 GB with an SRP of $149.99, and 512 GB with an SRP of $279.99, the 3.0 Pocket Drive will launch in North America later this month.

Sleek, Portable Storage for All Types of Data and Devices

The next generation of VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSDs combines a sleek portable design and ultra-fast read/write demands, all without compromising large capacity requirements. The VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD can be plugged into any computer’s USB 3.0 port to save or share work files, movies, images, music libraries and more.

The speed, reliability, and storage capacity of the VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD rivals internal SSDs, exceeds standard USB flash drive speeds, and demolishes the read/write speeds of external hard disk drives. They can be used with nearly any Windows®, Mac® OS X®, and Linux® based system with a USB 3.0/2.0 interface.

Fastest, Smallest, and Most Durable Portable SSD

The VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD is similar in size to a standard USB thumb drive, but that’s where all similarities end. The aircraft-grade aluminum housing contains a fully functional Solid State Drive with a multi-chip design utilizing high endurance MLC NAND that delivers consistent 450MB/s reads and 155MB/s writes, which makes it possible for file transfers to and from the VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD to be done 20 times faster than standard USB 2.0 flash drives or external hard disk drives.*

“Launching the VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD in full-capacity versions was a high priority for us,” said Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President of VisionTek. “We opted to expand the line fully, offering 128GB and 256GB, and adding a 512GB version as well, allowing for customers who have larger storage capacity needs to take full advantage of this fantastic, portable form factor.”

Designed in USA and Built for Reliability and Endurance

All three models of the full-capacity VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD are designed in the US and built with the same award-winning technology as VisionTek’s other internal SSDs. The technology’s design architecture employs a USB to SATA bridge, connected to an SSD controller for the highest speed, durability, and reliability. Data refresh technology ensures data integrity and the redundant storage elements produce some of VisionTek’s USB 3.0 Pocket SSDs are launching immediately at, with expanded availability later in the month at leading resellers and distributors across North America. For more information on the new line of portable SSDs from VisionTek, as well as their existing line of 2.5″ and PCIe SSDs and accessories, visit



  • Small form factor aluminum housing
  • Large capacity
  • Portability
  • Read Speeed of 450MB per second and Write Speed of 155MB per second (USB 3.0)
  • Works with Windows, Mac and Linux USB 3.0/2.0 interfaces

Ease of Use

This drive has the ease of any of the USB drives out there, pull the cap and plug into the available USB port. Our tests showed the drive was recognized quickly and easily and the drive content was immediately available.


Form factor of the Pocket SSD is approximately 3 1/2 inches long by 7/8th inch wide by 3/8th inch tall. The USB port resides under a rubberized cap and a the drive can be easily attached to a lanyard or keychain by the integrated aluminum loop at the end. The shell is aircraft aluminum and the two halves are fastened together by three Phillips head screws that are easily removed which exposes the units small chip design high endurance MLC NAND memory.

USB 3.0 SSDs in three sizes

USB 3.0 SSDs in three sizes

The design of the external housing is likely the the only weak link in this product. The rubber cap does well to protect the USB interface from the elements but it is independent with no way to attach it to the drive itself. While it is a snug fit, rattling around in a bag/pocket or hanging off a key-chain could see it worked loose and easy to lose.

The two halves of our review unit were not symmetrical, this causes a bit of a taper that doesn’t allow the unit to lay flat. It’s a small annoyance that doesn’t quite fit with the care in the detail of having the aluminum outfitted with design ribbing.

The unit was easy to break down, three screws and we had access to the insides. With a solid state drive at this price point I was left wondering why Joe/Jane user would even WANT to access the internals. Once open you can see the thermal paste applications and would clearly avoid any changes. Since the housing is based on these three screws it does beg the question of care in mobile environment. While we all know to keep our electronics out of the rain, the seams are not so flush that I wouldn’t worry about it getting splashed or caught in the elements. Internally there is no gasket or seal that would prevent weather or other environmental impact. Most people won’t worry about this but for our readers, many of which are military it’s worth noting that a little more care should be taken.


For the review we tested the 256 gigabyte unit and ran it for performance against the typical USB drives most of us grab in varied sizes. For performance testing we used ATTO Disk Benchmark on our Windows 10 PC


Our tests showed that the write speeds were just where VisionTek positioned the product. Read speeds were running approximately 325MB per second which falls under the reported 450MB per second. While this is under the reported rate, it may be due to the PC doing the tests but even at 325MB/s this drive performs well so if you see your rates higher, we don’t think anyone will complain.

Here are the ATTO results of some USB 2.0 drives you’ll likely have laying around in order to provide some additional idea of transfer speed performance.


In a portable USB based SSD drive the inside is what counts and so far, nothing in my usage and tests indicated anything but a solid dependable product. The only soft spot on quality is the external enclosure which was covered in the design discussion.


At review, the current suggested retail price for the Pocket SSDs are:

  • 128 GB for $89.99
  • 256 GB for $149.99
  • 512 GB for $279.99

For the speed, mobility and the storage capacity, the price points represent a great value over dealing with multiple drives or an external enclosure.


This product is an ODG Smart Buy for the tech types who routinely transport large files or to maintain security of not transporting content via the cloud. The design/housing feels good but lacks in the details while not impacting the function. There are plenty of applications from emergency backups to simply having files available to you at work or a remote site. The prices are great for the format and portability.




Ease of Use
Final Score: 4.6 out of 5

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