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WD Black P50 - Review, the external SSD that comes from the future


Now arrived in 2020, close to the new generation of consoles, it is easy to define most of the Hard Disk obsolete. The larger cuts of hard drives are certainly available at a lower price than SSD, but they automatically slow down systems in one way or another. SSDs, or Solid State Drive, are now the future, no doubt, but these unfortunately they are still in continuous development given that they are newer and come with much higher prices, as well as with reduced comfort. You will hardly hear of External SSDs, unlike hard disks and keys that are now used frequently both in the world of game consoles and in that of PCs. By becoming the standard bearer of this new frontier of technology, the well-known company Western Digital has recently marketed a product designed to aim for the maximum in this area, let's talk about the WD Black P50.



A real External NVMe SSD, which can be used on all PCs, as well as on the various gaming consoles on the market and on those that will arrive very soon. However, to make the most of its potential, some specific requirements are necessary - not present in most of the current platforms - and it is also for this reason that the price of the WD Black P50 is far from negligible when considering the classic storage memories. So let's find out together all the details on the new Western Digital SSD.

Solidity and compactness

The product is aesthetically pleasing, but also solid and reduced in tonnage

Inside the packaging of the WD Black P50 we find the essential material, however perfect to ensure all connections. Apart from the main product, we are dealing with two rather short connection cables. Let's talk about a Type C to Type C, and a Type C to Type A, therefore a normal USB slot is enough to connect the product; finally there are also useful manuals. Depending on the model purchased, you will receive a disc with a capacity of 500GB,1 TB o 2 TB. In each of the cases, the SSD is really solid and resistant, as it is entirely made of metal, and is able to withstand falls and not easily perishable. The design thought by Western Digital is really interesting, and considering that the article it fits almost in the palm of your hand it is also easily adaptable to different environments. In the underlying part the device is able to dissipate the accumulated heat, but there are also some antislip that keep it slightly raised from the surface.



But unfortunately, it is not so easy to make the most of the potential of this product, as its standard is aimed at a narrow audience to say the least. This in fact supports the connection USB 3.2 Gen 2 × 2 for the transmission of up to 20GB / s, which is available on very few motherboards, mostly not aimed at the consumer bracket. The article is in fact designed to last over time, and when this standard becomes more common it will be more likely to be within everyone's reach. However, using the USB 3 of the first generation you can transfer up to 5GB / s, which become 10GB / s for the USB 3 second generation. These are excellent numbers to say the least, which in fact are also indicated for new generation gaming consoles, as well as to obtain a high-level gaming experience on PC.


Premium speed with the WD Black P50

The WD Black P50 SSD is already a top of the range, but designed to last over time

Already using the product on the consoles of the current generation it is possible to notice a substantial improvement in the uploads, although we will have to see how this will behave in the world of PlayStation 5 e Xbox Series X / S. Using a USB 3 port on a PC, especially if the second generation, you will still have to deal with a revolutionary experience compared to classic Hard Disks. The WD Black P50, however, points to quality standards already ahead for the next few years, and is therefore particularly recommended as an "investment" for those who intend to keep up with the times on the hardware side, whether it is console or PC. The fact remains that even today the product is configured as a top of the range for external SSDs, and with a higher price it ensures all their mobility and comfort.


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