Verdict : The HP P700 is awesome technology worthy of an Editor’s Choice nomination and a drive you can count on. It provides high performance at a relatively low cost and earns extra points for the original cable management system.
- Pros : Design | Cable Management | Performance | Price;
- Cons : Short cable | Warming up | Not waterproof;
One of the company’s latest storage products is the HP P700, a portable solid state drive released earlier this year, but not yet available in online stores in Russia at the time of this review.
The drive (also known as 5MS30AA # UUF) is available only in black, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB, the latter came to us for testing – it has a retail price of $ 175 (11000r + VAT) with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The P700 is unlike anything we’ve seen before; and that’s a compliment. Open the box and you won’t find a single loose cable, just a black box with slightly rounded edges and measuring 92 x 65 x 20mm. The upper part of this unit is the drive (its thickness is only 9.2 mm), and the weight is 60 grams.
The bottom, which is attached with magnets, contains a short cable and USB converter (Type-A to Type-C) neatly tucked inside. A stylish and easy way to take care of your external SSD accessories without compromising on its aesthetics. The solution slightly increases the size of the device, but you can always leave the box at home.
The metal brush finish gives the device a premium look, and the absence of any unnecessary elements only enhances its aesthetics. Even the HP logo is barely visible. Please note that there are no active LEDs here, which will be a minor disappointment. We tried to open the SSD case, but to no avail. Minimalistic and out of service; we don’t mind at all.
The disc heats up a little during operation, but that’s okay. We also noticed that the cable, which does not exceed 18 centimeters with the adapter, turned out to be shorter than we would have liked.
The P700 supports the new USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard (also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1), which means it can reach speeds of up to 10Gbps thanks to NVMe technology. The device is rated for 1050 MB / s read and write speeds, according to our tests, the CrystalDiskMark SSD is close to the stated figures.
Here’s how the HP P700 Portable SSD 1TB performed in our performance tests:
- CrystalDiskMark : 1,046.07 MB / s (Read) | 1,038.7 MB / s (Write);
- Atto : 999 MB / s (Read) | 994 Mb / s (Write);
- AS SSD : 849 MB / s (Read) | 863 MB / s (Write);
- AJA : 816 MB / s (Read) | 816 Mb / s (Write);
With read / write speeds of 1046 and 1038 MB / s, it is faster than the previous category leader Samsung T7 Touch. ATTO is a secondary benchmark that peaks at 999 MB / s read and 994 MB / s write. Slightly smaller numbers returned AS SSD and AJA, two more memory testing applications.
The P700 SSD does not come with any software. As usual, we highly recommend using a cloud storage service to back up and protect your data from theft or accident. Since the P700 has a capacity of 1TB, even iDrive, which tops our list of the best cloud storage services, should be fine.
We live in a time of trial, so the price of external solid state drives has gone up in the past few weeks due to supply chain disruptions.
If read and write speed isn’t a top priority on your list, you should include Sandisk Extreme 1TB, Samsung T5, or Seagate Barracuda Fast portable SSDs . They both cost about the same and support USB 3.1 Gen 2, which means their read / write speeds are much slower than the P700, and in some cases less than half! The aforementioned ones even have an IP55 rating, that is, not completely waterproof, but close to that.
However, the three newcomers are positioning themselves as a compelling alternative thanks to the new USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector and a more attractive price tag. The Crucial X8 matches the speeds of the P700, but can’t keep up with its size and design. The Sabrent Rocket Nano is even smaller than HP’s SSD, but represents a smaller vendor unknown to most consumers. That leaves us with the Adata SE800, which is not only cheaper but also waterproof (IP68 Rated / MIL-STD-810G 516.6). Perhaps more importantly, the latter is available for purchase right now.
If you want something faster, you’ll have to go the Thunderbolt 3 route , meaning the Samsung X5 or Plugable Thunderbolt 3 should satisfy your need for speed.
However, none of them will offer the same aesthetic as the HP P700.
| HP P700 SSD REVIEW: SUMMING UP
This is the first HP mass storage device we’ve tested and to be honest we weren’t sure what to expect. BIWIN, the licensee of the product, is relatively unknown, with no solid reputation behind it. Basically, this is an HP device that doesn’t mention a partner company anywhere. Ironically, HP doesn’t even host external SSDs on its website, and there is no mention of this rather useful range of products anywhere.
The HP P700 is by far one of the best 1TB external solid state drives out there , unfortunately you just can’t buy it and we haven’t received any information as to when the drive will become widely available. This is one of the fastest non-Thunderbolt 3 SSDs on the market and is well worth the price. True, it isn’t waterproof like some of the competition, but that’s just a minor flaw in a grand product.