The Lexar NM700 is essentially a faster version of the Lexar NM610. If none of those numbers mean anything to you then don’t worry, it’s next-generation storage. Like the old hard drives, but smaller, slimmer and a hell of a lot faster.
These new drives use completely different technology to the traditional SATA drives that we’ve been using for the last 20 years or more. These new M.2 form factor NVMe SSD offer far greater speeds and reliability.
They’re far more expensive, a 1TB 2.5-inch SSD will set you back around £30 while one of these will be a good £100 more.
While SATA drives, 2.5 and 3.5-inch have been around for years, this new form factor only started to appear in 2013. At that point, it was used in the Mac Pro 2013, the trash can, and since then they’ve started to appear in all manner of laptops and PCs.
For most of us a simple compatible empty external enclosure is all the we need to access this new technology. I’ve used the Netstor Thunderbolt 3, but there’s plenty of other options which are far cheaper.
Today a fast SATA Optical drive will offer speeds up to 140MB/s, a SSD will offer transfer speeds up to around the 500MB/s mark whereas an m.2 SSD will be closer to 3500MB/s, that’s quite some difference.
What this all means is that with one of these drives installed into the appropriate slot on your computer, or external hard drive, you’ll find you can happily edit 4K and even 8K video. At least if your machine can take it.