TeamGroup PD1000 (512 GB) Portable SSD Review

By | January 13, 2022

Although not a vital peripheral device for many personal computer users around the world, external storage media continues to show developments from time to time. External HDDs are arguably still excellent among computer users who need additional storage space, but now faster, safer, and even more portable external SSDs are increasingly in demand, especially by those who work in creative industries.

TeamGroup, one of the world’s leading storage memory brands, has released their newest portable SSD product some time ago. The PD1000 SSD, as the name suggests, comes with a larger capacity but smaller design than TeamGroup’s previous portable SSD products. This external SSD can be the right choice for users with high mobility.

Here I have the opportunity to review the TeamGroup PD1000 SSD in person. The product that I want to review has a capacity of 512 GB. If you are planning to buy this device, we recommend that you first read this review from me. First, find out the brief specifications of the TeamGroup PD1000 SSD below.

TeamGroup PD1000 SSD Specifications

  • Model: PD1000
  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • Capacity: 512GB/1TB/2TB
  • Performance: Read up to 1000 MB per second, write up to 900 MB per second
  • Material: Aluminum alloy
  • Color: navy blue
  • Weight: 75 grams
  • Dimensions: 107 x 40 x 10.9 mm
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 70°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C ~ 80°C
  • Operating System: Computer with USB port (USB 3.2 port required for USB 3.2 performance) – Windows 10/8.1/8/7 | Mac OS X v.10.5 or later | Android 5.0 or later
  • Warranty: 3 years limited warranty

Design

The TeamGroup PD1000 SSD has a tiny design. It is approximately the size of a standard HDD. Its small size is very easy and comfortable to hold and carry on the go. However, I don’t recommend keeping it in your trouser pocket because the device is quite slippery and there are cables to carry along. So, storing it in a bag is safer when taken on the go.

As stated above, the PD1000 SSD is only available in one color choice, namely navy blue which covers most of the body. This product not only looks elegant, but also classy with gold accents. The USB Type-C port has a black rubber cover that is easy to remove, and also easy to lose if not taken care of properly. The capacity markers are white so they are easy to identify.

The PD1000 SSD is made of aluminum alloy or alloy material which makes it sturdy and reliable. This material leaves no trace when gripped, unless your hands are sweaty or wet. In addition, this material is also easy to clean when there is dirt attached. Although not a device to be held for a long time like a cellphone, in fact the PD1000 SSD is designed in such a way to be comfortable to hold.

The PD1000 Portable SSD is built tough with a guaranteed MIL-STD 810G 516.6 Procedure IV certification, which gives it a strong drop resistance capability, making it sufficient to withstand accidents such as accidental drops while in use or handling. This can avoid accidental data corruption and prolong the service life.

In addition, the PD1000 Portable SSD also comes with an IP68 certification which means the device is splash, dustproof, or water resistant to a depth of 1 meter for 1 hour. So, you don’t have to worry when this portable SSD is notorious for accidental spills of common liquids, such as coffee, tea, soda or juice. If this happens, simply wipe the device gently with a damp paper towel, then wipe it dry.

Moreover, the rugged structure of the PD1000 Portable SSD is designed to withstand a weight of 1,600 kg, which is equivalent to the weight of a small car, thus providing the highest level of protection for your valuable data inside. So, with the high level of multi-protection it offers, you don’t have to worry anymore about storing important data in this TeamGroup PD1000 portable SSD.

Overall, I really like how the TeamGroup PD1000 looks and would really enjoy its tough and classy design for everyday use without constantly worrying about accidental spills or drops during use.

How about the cable? The TeamGroup PD1000 includes two cables in its sales box, one USB 3.2 Type-C to Type-C cable and the other a USB 3.2 Type-C to Type-A cable for devices that do not yet support USB Type-C. Both of these cables are 30 cm long each and have a black braid sleeve that looks premium.

Performance

TeamGroup PD1000 comes with the default exFAT format which means the device can work with Windows, macOS, and Android operating systems. This device has a USB 3.2 Gen 2 connection type that supports a maximum throughput of 10 Gbps. As stated in the specifications above, TeamGroup rates this product with read / write speeds of up to 1000 MB / 900 MB per second.

You need a computer with a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port to experience the maximum performance of TeamGroup PD1000. Unfortunately here I’m only testing on an entry-level computer with a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port that supports speeds of up to 5 Gbps per second. I did the test using ATTO Disk Benchmark and CrystalDiskMark 6.0 software. So, how did it go?

I am personally very impressed with the test results. I used to use my old HDD and for me it was fast enough. When presented with the TeamGroup PD1000 portable SSD, I found the transmission speed was more than 10 times faster than my external HDD. If you’re using a high-performance computer with a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, you can definitely experience the true read/write speeds of the TeamGroup PD1000. Here are the test results on the computer I’m using.

The left image shows the TeamGroup PD1000 SSD test results using Crystal Disk Mark software version 6.0 on my entry computer with a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port. The test results show fantastic numbers in the range of 3.5 Gbps for both read and write speeds. While on the right shows the PCTestBench test results on a high-performance computer with a USB 3.2 Type-C port. The results are even more fantastic, almost 8 Gbps for reading and about 7.5 Gbps for writing. On the other hand, I also did a test using the ATTO Disc Benchmark software with the same criteria. Here are the results.

The test results above show higher numbers for both reading and writing. Even the PCTestBench test results exceed 1000 MBps for read speeds. At this speed, even on computers with USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, the TeamGroup PD1000 SSD is a great solution for users who want things to run fast, including when transferring data from a computer to external storage and vice versa.

For the record, the TeamGroup PD1000 SSD will generate heat when used for a long time and become a little less comfortable to hold. However, the heat is easily dissipated in a short time because this portable SSD is designed with good heat dissipation. This problem is normal and can happen to other products, but here TeamGroup was able to handle it well.

Conclusion

With a small, elegant and classy design, as well as having a fairly complete protection feature, the TeamGroup PD1000 portable SSD is a high-performance external storage device that is right for users with high mobility. For content creators , the TeamGroup PD1000 can be a reliable, strong, durable, and affordable external storage medium.

With the performance of USB 3.2 Gen 2, large data transfers can be done in a very short time. Even with a wide capacity of up to 2 TB, users can store a lot of important data into it without worrying about being lost due to damage when dropped, submerged, or crushed by heavy objects.

For the price, you can get a TeamGroup PD1000 SSD with a capacity of 512 GB in the range of Rp. 1.7 million, while the 1 TB version is at Rp. 2.6 million (I did not get information whether the 2 TB version is available in Indonesia or not). In my opinion, this is a fair price for a portable SSD with a high build quality and even quite affordable without sacrificing features.

From the short review above, I can draw conclusions about the advantages and disadvantages of TeamGroup PD1000 SSD based on my personal assessment and experience. Here’s my verdict:

Excess

  • Good build quality and heat dissipation
  • Concise, elegant and classy design
  • Small size and light weight, high portability
  • Multi protection (MIL-STD 810G 516.6, IP68, able to withstand 1,600 kg weight)
  • Large capacity (up to 2 TB)

Lack

  • The USB cable is quite short
  • Generates heat when used for a long time