With technology the way it is today, we’re always looking for great ways to carry around our files to share with our friends or family, or even have something on us in case we need to download files at the office to take home or whatever. Not only that, but we’re looking for devices that do it quicker than others. With that being said, I introduce you to the Akitio aDrive U3 2.5 Inch SSD Portable Drive. The one I was sent to review is the 256GB version and once formatted and nothing is on the drive, you end up with about 240GB of storage space for all of your important files.

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Akitio aDrive U3 Specs

  • Case Material: All aluminum case
  • Application: 2.5″ SATA-III SSD
  • RAID Mode: N/A
  • Interface/Ports: 1x Mini USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
  • Data Transfer USB: 3.0 up to 5Gbps (625MB/s) USB 2.0 up to 480Mbps (60MB/s)
  • System Requirements (PC): USB 3.0: Windows XP or above USB 2.0: Windows XP or above Computer with USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 connector
  • System Requirements (Mac): USB 3.0: Mac OS 10.7 or above USB 2.0: Mac OS 10.2 or above Computer with USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 connector
  • System Environment: Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
  • Power Supply: Bus Power 5V/900mA (host computer has to provide sufficient USB bus power)
  • Fan Noise Level: N/A
  • Dimensions(LxWxH): 5 inches x 3 inches x 0.58 inches(12.7cm x 7.6cm x 1.5cm)

Akitio aDrive U3 Features

  • Supports PCI Express Base Specification Revision 2.0
  • Single-line (x1) PCI Express throughput rate up to 5Gb/s
  • Compliant with Universal Serial Bus 3.0
  • Compliant with xHCI (Extensible Host Controller Interface)
  • Specifications Revision 0.95
  • Supports simultaneous operation of multiple USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 devices
  • Supports USB data transfer rate of 1.5/12/480/4800Mbps
  • Expands two external USB 3.0 Super-Speed ports on the system. Each USB port supplies maximum +5V/900mA power output to USB device
  • Build-in power connector for receiving extra power supply from system
  • Hot-Swap feature allows you to connect/disconnect devices without powering down the system
  • Driver support for Windows XP/Vista/7 Certified by CE, FCC, RoHS, and Microsoft WQHL approval

Akitio aDrive U3: The Product

The Akitio aDrive U3 provides a combination of cutting-edge technology, durability and flexibility. The incorporation of the latest USB 3.0 technology provides users with super fast transfer rates up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Slim, compact and simple to use, this portable drive is small enough to fit into your pocket.

Along with that is a beautiful, well designed product made completely out of aluminum, almost resembling something Apple would make with the quality of hardware they have made in the past. The aDrive U3 is also very slim and weighs next to nothing, therefore making it very easy to carry around in a purse, a backpack, a laptop bag or whatever else. Heck, it could even fit in your back pocket if you absolutely wanted to carry it around that way.

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The Akitio aDrive U3 is an SSD(Solid State Drive) product, meaning that it has no moving parts inside of it. Couple that with the USB 3.0 technology, your transfer speeds will be quite phenomenal. This is, of course assuming that the host machine in which you are transferring to or from is equipped with USB 3.0 and you are using a USB 3.0 cable to connect the two devices together.

There is one major thing to note about this product, and that’s the fact that out of the box it’s formatted for Mac devices. This is just something that Akitio has decided to do for some reason, however, it’s very simple to format it with a Windows or a Linux machine. You can Google that information as it varies by operating system and not something that this review will cover.

The Akitio aDrive U3 of course has USB 3.0 technology and that’s what Akitio really intends for you to use when it comes to this device. However, if all you have is a USB 2.0 hook up, you have nothing to worry about as the Akitio aDrive U3 is of course backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Unfortunately that just means you won’t experience the transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps since USB 2.0 can’t handle those speeds.

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Akitio aDrive U3 Pricing And Final Thoughts

With the Akitio aDrive U3 being an SSD drive, and being a 256GB model, it’s going to have a kind of steep price tag, at least by the sounds of it. Akitio sells them for $279.99, however, let me tell you that’s actually a decent price for an SSD drive with USB 3.0 support and even more so for it’s size.

If you’re in the market for something portable, and need something with a lot of space, for let’s say music or movie files, then I would highly recommend giving the Akitio aDrive U3 a very close look. You can pick one up from the links below. If you already have one, tell us your thoughts on the device in the comments below.

Website: Akitio Products
Products: Akitio aDrive U3 On Amazon

About the author

Cliff Wade

Founder and Chief Editor of TechDissected. I'm an avid Linux user, that's addicted to music, electronics, the internet, computers, Android, iOS and everything tech related! Rocking a Moto X Pure 2015 and several other devices that go beep. Lover of #Cheeseburgers #SweetTea #Penguins #Nascar and the #HoustonTexans Gadgets and Gizmos are my specialty. Customer Suppport Specialist and Social Media Manager for TeslaCoilSW, the makers of Nova Launcher, Nova Launcher Prime and TeslaUnread. If you have any questions just ask as I'm always happy to help.

  • this looks really nice. Any idea if it is available internationally?

  • @toxicthunder:disqus I’m sure anyone can order one. I’m probably going to sell mine though.