Repurpose Your Idle M.2 SSDs with Lenovo Dual Protocol Enclosure
Solid-state drives (SSDs) have come a long way since their inception in the 1970s. From being too expensive and low-capacity initially to now being an affordable, high-performing data storage solution, SSDs have drastically changed the landscape of the computer industry. As technology advances and prices continue to drop, more and more people have been adopting SSDs in place of traditional hard disk drives (HDDs).
Especially in the past six months, prices of flash memory products such as RAM and solid-state drives (SSDs) have been plummeting, reaching almost half of their original prices. The price of M.2 SSDs has repeatedly hit new lows, prompting more and more enthusiasts to upgrade to higher-capacity versions. As a result, the replaced small-capacity M.2 SSDs have become idle items. In April 2023, Lenovo introduced the dual protocol M.2 SSD enclosure, allowing users to make the most of their idle SSDs by transforming them into portable storage devices with superior speed and performance compared to traditional USB drives. In this article, we will take a closer look at the features and capabilities of Lenovo's dual protocol M.2 SSD enclosure and how it can benefit your daily life.
The Lenovo dual protocol M.2 SSD enclosure's model is HD2, measuring at 107 x 61 x 13mm (4.21 x 2.40 x 0.51 inches), making it extremely compact. The body is made of metal material with some textured grooves on the surface, providing a nice feel and making it easy to handle. The enclosure features the Lenovo logo and has a plastic inner frame with a tool-free push-pull assembly structure.
The interface of the Lenovo dual protocol M.2 SSD enclosure is located at the top and uses the USB-C port, which conforms to the USB 3.2 Gen2 (10Gbps) standard. It can achieve a maximum read/write speed of approximately 1000MB/s, eliminating long waiting times for data transfer. The read/write speed for small files can reach dozens of MB/s, far surpassing traditional USB drives and even suitable for special applications like Win to Go.
Internally, the Lenovo dual protocol M.2 SSD enclosure supports M.2 SSDs of four different lengths: 2280, 2260, 2242, and 2230. It adopts the popular Realtek RTL9210B solution and supports both NVMe and SATA SSD protocols. It also supports the UASP + TRIM acceleration protocols, enhancing transfer speed and reducing CPU usage.
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With the Lenovo dual protocol M.2 SSD enclosure, users can extend the life of their smaller capacity M.2 SSDs and transform them into practical portable storage devices in a matter of minutes. Its fast transfer speeds and versatile compatibility make it a powerful tool for those who need to move large files or run special applications on-the-go. The compact design and durable metal construction make it easy to transport, while the tool-free push-pull assembly structure allows for quick and easy SSD installation and removal. Overall, the Lenovo dual protocol M.2 SSD enclosure is a great investment for anyone looking to give their smaller capacity M.2 SSDs a new lease on life and enhance their daily workflow with faster and more reliable data transfers.
It comes in two color options, silver and green, and comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable. As for the price, the Lenovo dual protocol M.2 SSD enclosure is currently only available in China for RMB 99 ($14).
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