It feels like it wasn’t that long ago that taking storage with you meant choosing between a chunky enclosure or a thumb drive with little capacity. Nowadays, we don’t have to make that compromise, even on the DIY side. Asus has revealed its new ROG Strix Arion M.2 SSD enclosure to let you achieve those NVMe speeds anywhere.
The Asus ROG Strix Arion M.2 SSD Enclosure
The Asus Arion M.2 enclosure is a USB device that offers compatibility with all PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSDs up to the 2280 form factor. The enclosure features screwdriver-free installation, so dropping an M.2 SSD in there should be a cinch.
Once the drive is in place, the enclosure features USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds up to 10Gbps over a USB Type-C cable. If you have a need for fast read-write speeds, this might be the answer. Even speedy flash drives are still below the 500MB/s rate, while this one could peak as high as 1,250MB/s. If you’re rocking USB Type-C ports all over the place, this could be a great way to move a lot of data around.
Asus used aluminum to build the enclosure; integrated thermal pads inside the enclosure help ensure even heat dissipation. Asus will also offer a protective holder meant to let you hang your extremely expensive flash drive off of our backpack. It seems like Asus is planning to include this in the package, and it doesn’t cover up that USB Type-C port, either.
They didn’t forget the blinkenlights
Of course, the Arion is an Asus product in 2019, so you can light that ROG logo up and match it with the rest of your hardware through Asus Aura Sync.
When the Asus Arion M.2 enclosure will be available and how much it will cost is a mystery at the moment; Asus hasn’t announced either of those crucial numbers. But for the right audience, this could be a crucial piece of tech to round out a high-end setup.