A key feature of the Lexar SL200 Portable SSD is its small size, just 86mm long, 60mm wide with a 9.5mm height. And without taking the short USB Type-C cable into account it only weighs 40.6g, that’s 7.4g less than an uneaten Snickers bar.
The outer casing isn’t metal but a high-quality plastic that gives the drive a premium finish and has some rather nice design flourishes that add to the aesthetics.
Connection wise, there’s just the USB Type-C which enables a top read speed of 550mb/s and write speed of 400mb/s. While read speeds are important, a decent write speed is all-important if the SL200 is to be used as a working drive. At 400mb/s it ticks quite a few boxes for video and everything I can think of for stills.
As portable hard drives are designed to be used out in the field and away from the office, the drive itself has to be durable, and Lexar assures us that the SL200 is vibration and harsh-temperature resistant. By that it will operate between 0º and 70ºC and can be stored between -40º and 85ºC, I think that’s impressive and beyond my working temperatures which are between 19ºC and 19ºC.
A feature that used to be common but has recently disappeared from many drives is a small LED that tells you if it’s on. It may be small and seemingly insignificant, but it’s such a useful feature.
The Lexar SL200 Portable SSD is compatible with practically any system that has a USB Type-C or A port and there’s a cable for both connection generations in the box.
Also, the drive comes preloaded with software including a nifty encryption application, or you can use the one that comes with your OS.