The Extreme V2 is relatively robust, supports password protection and 256-bit AES hardware-based security, and is backed by a five-year warranty. This tiny drive can be attached to your belt or backpack with its carabiner loop.The Extreme V2 weighs just 1.8 ounces and measures 0.4 x 2.1 x 4 inches, slightly smaller than its Extreme Pro V2 sibling, but very similar in shape and color scheme. It looks just like the previous generation SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, a tiny black slab with rounded corners and beveled sides, and an orange-edged carabiner loop in one corner. A USB Type-C port is offset to the side on one of the short edges. The Extreme V2 has a certain ruggedness and is rated for a drop of up to 6.5 feet thanks to a forged aluminum frame protected by a silicone rubber skin. Its degree of protection (IP) of IP55 means that it offers some protection against sand and water. It’s still potentially susceptible to fine dust, and you don’t want to leave it submerged in water for long. If you’re looking for a sturdier option, the ADATA SE800 steps up durability by a few notches with an IP68 rating, the best of any consumer external SSD. It’s proven impervious to dust and can survive water immersion with the help of a rubberized connector cover that’s attached to the drive to ensure it doesn’t get lost. Like most other external SSDs, the Extreme V2 lacks a port cover. Included with the Extreme V2 is SanDisk’s SecureAccess software, which allows you to create a password-protected vault of files on the drive, backed by 256-bit AES hardware encryption. The company offers a generous five-year warranty. The Extreme V2 is priced competitively among PCI Express-based external SSDs in its class and is less expensive than the previous iteration.

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