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GigaSSD GigaDrive 1TB external Thunderbolt 4 SSD

The first USB 4/Thunderbolt 4 drive has landed and Indiegogo of all places is where the event happened. An hitherto unknown company, GigaSSD, pipped the likes of Seagate and WD to the post to claim this first. How fast is it? How hot does it get? How expensive is it and most importantly, when can you buy it? We will answer all these questions and more. Just bear in mind that Indiegogo is not your usual online shopping destination as it comes with a few strings attached. 

Pricing and availability 

The GigaSSD GigaDrive is only available at the time of writing on Indiegogo. It is available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB versions for US$153, US$219 and US$$359. If you feel kind and generous, a trio of 4TB SSDs will cost you only $1,039 or $86.60 per TB, which is very, very cheap. Just bear in mind that you have to wait till July 2021, that’s up to four months wait. Worth a punt? You decide.

Design

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Design 

Engineers at GigaSSD opted for an industrial design that blends black shiny plastic with anodized metal. It is shaped like an elongated hexagon and other than two rubber stickers that hide four screws, there’s nothing – not even a sticker – on the enclosure to indicate who produced the GigaDrive.

Bottom View

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The brushed aluminium finish gives it a premium look. At 114mm x 337mm for a thickness of 12.5mm and a weight of 74g, it is very pocketable to say the least. The 45cm-long bundled cable is a TB3 model and is ACASIS branded.

USB-C Port

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The GigaDrive is IP67 rated which is about as good as it gets if you don’t plan to immerse your drive and in the absence of any rubber flap for the Thunderbolt port. There’s plenty of notches though to improve grip.

Hardware

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Hardware


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