Our 5 Favorite Photo Gadgets & Gizmos: Safe Media Storage Solutions

Samsung’s Portable SSD T3: This new palm-sized, external solid state drive (SSD) offers multi-terabyte (TB) storage capacity and is equipped with Samsung’s proprietary Vertical NAND (V-NAND) and SSD TurboWrite technology. The T3 drive provides advanced performance that enables users to quickly and easily store/transfer large multimedia content across a variety of devices. This SSD is dependable, versatile and available in a wide range of capacity options including: 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. The T3 enables fast file transfers based on sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s with a USB 3.1 interface—which is up to four times faster than alternative external HDD solutions. The portable SSD T3 is compact, lightweight and durable and weighs 51 grams. The SSDs doesn’t have any moving parts and so the T3 is better protected from damage or data loss due to bumps or drops. Featuring a new shock-resistant metal case and internal frame, the T3 can withstand up to 1500G of force and will survive a drop of up to two meters. The drive’s integrated Thermal Guard prevents overheating in extreme temperatures, and the T3 comes with a three-year limited warranty.

More info on the Samsung SSD T3 here.


SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0: This flash drive makes it fast and easy to transfer (or share) your files from OTG-enabled Android smartphones or tablets to your PC, Mac computer—or other Android devices. Now your phone is always in the zone, ready to shoot more pictures and videos or add more songs on the go. It has a micro-USB connector on one end, and a USB 3.0 connector on the other end, this flash drive lets you move content between all of your devices. The USB connector is USB 3.0 enabled and backward-compatible with USB 2.0 ports. Transfer from your flash drive to your computer’s USB 3.0 port at the no-wait rate of up to 150MB/s. It is available in 16, 32, 64 or 128GB sizes, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 can hold large digital photo or music libraries. Download the SanDisk Memory Zone app from the Google Play Store and use it to monitor available memory and efficiently manage, organize, and back up files stored on your Android smartphone. The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 is compatible with PC/Mac computers running Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, 10, and Mac OS 10.6+ (no drivers required) and is backed by a five-year limited warranty. The price varies due to memory size.

More info on the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 here.



Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Reader: This device reads 25 popular types of memory card formats and it leverages SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology for high-speed file transfers, with a USB interface speed up to 500MB/s. It enables concurrent downloads and card-to-card file transfer and makes it easy to transfer files between a digital camera, MP3 player, mobile phone, and a computer. With read speeds up to 5x faster than USB 2.0, you can quickly transfer your photo, video, music, and other files from any device to a computer. Simply remove the card from your digital device, slide it into the reader, and drag and drop files onto your computer. And for added convenience, the reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports. Created with convenience in mind, the Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Reader has a pop-up mechanism that allows you to open and close the reader with a push, protecting the card slots when not in use and it has a blue LED activity light to let you know when file transfer is complete. The reader includes a one-year limited warranty. The suggested retail price is $34.99.

More info on the Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Reader here.


WD My Passport External Hard Drive: This portable device allows users to easily create an automatic system backup—or just specific folders and files. Users can also backup the My Passport Ultra drive or their Dropbox or Baidu cloud account. Users may select a password (with 256-bit hardware-based encryption) to protect their files. My Passport Ultra features USB 3.0 compatibility with a 5 Gb/s transfer speed (3X faster than USB 2.0) and you can power up your My Passport Ultra without carrying a bulky power cord and plug. WD's My Passport Ultra drives are available in your choice of black, white, blue and wild berry. The suggested retail price is $99.99.

More info on the My Passport Ultra here.



Transcend StoreJet 25M2 (USB 2.0): Users can store all of their data in the fully protected StoreJet 25M2 portable hard drive. Featuring a 3-stage shock protection system that incorporates a vibration- absorbing silicone outer shell, a reinforced hard casing, and an internal hard drive suspension damper as a last line of defense, the StoreJet 25M2 can protect against vibration and sudden jolts. It is compliant with the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 specification and has a one touch auto-backup button, 256-bit AES file/folder encryption and Transcend Elite data management software. Storage sizes include 500GB and 1TB.

More info on the StoreJet here.