Lexar Portable SSD 512GB Storage Review

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We reviewed the Lexar Professional Workflow DD512 last year and it got a Recommended award from us. We liked its speed, size and price, and all from a USB external SSD aimed at the professional consumer, hence the name Workflow. Fast forward a few months and Lexar release a new portable SSD, and it’s actually just called the Portable SSD. There are two versions, the 256Gb and the 512Gb, the latter we are reviewing today. With the Workflow aimed at the more professional consumer, someone who wants to use it for AV work or carrying around a portfolio to another office or client, the Lexar Portable SSD looks to be aimed at the everyday consumer, despite being a very similar product.

If you look at the Lexar website you’ll notice their products, especially storage, are aimed at anyone who needs portability with an extensive line of memory cards for example. We have had a few of their products in the past and they are all still in the office and being used on a regular basis, memory cards, flash drives or the larger portable SSD drives.

Today we’ll look at and test the Lexar Portable 512GB SSD and run through some of our standard storage tests.

  • SSD-level performance—up to 450MB/s read and 245MB/s write speeds
  • Available in 256GB and 512GB capacity options
  • LED capacity meter displays available storage space
  • Use with Lexar Professional Workflow line products
  • Two-year limited warranty

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Lexar Portable SSD 512GB Storage Review

Out of the box the Lexar Portable SSD 512GB is physically identical to the Lexar Professional Workflow DD512, at least in size and shape. There is a slight colour difference that stops the Portable SSD from being so dull and it has a slightly metallic finish to it. The biggest difference is the product packaging, it is very modern and mobile phone-like. We think any Apple or Android fan would be happy with the new style of packaging. It may seem like a small thing, but it really stood out when we received it.

Lexar Portable SSD 512GB Storage Review

Package - 8
Performance - 8
Price - 7.5
Consumer Experience - 7.5


The Lexar Portable SSD is a fast drive, and it is small and compact enough to fit in your pocket. At 62 grams, without the cable, it's also not going to cause a lot of backpack or suitcase issues. There are plenty of portable SSD's out here, and unless you are transporting a sizable back up, you need to consider an SSD external drive, and this is where the Lexar Portable SSD comes good. It's fast enough to be impressive and it's cheap enough to be affordable.