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Glyph Atom SSD and Atom RAID Review

Who are Glyph?

Glyph-G-Logo-MetallicHaving been around for 20 years, Glyph (aka Glyphtech) have firmly established themselves as manufacturers of high quality external hard drives. Glyph Hard drives are geared towards audio and video creatives who require rock solid reliability when recording or editing in the studio.

Not only are Glyph hard drives reliable but they are also stylish with their sleek, steel and aluminium chassis. When you pick up a Glyph Hard Drive it feels like a serious, robust bit of kit due to its solid industrial build.

The general Glyph company ethos when it comes to manufacturing is: “we select highest quality components available. Then we assemble the drives in our US factory, and perform regimented testing on every unit before it ships to you.

Anyway that’s enough of an introduction, let’s take a look at some new exciting products which Glyph have just released.

Glyph Atom SSD Overview

First up is the Glyph Atom SSD. A Mobile Solid State Hard Drive available in the following capacities: 250GB, 525GB, 1TB and 2TB.

SSD’s (Solid State Drives) are slowly gaining popularity as they become more affordable. Compared to spinning Hard Disk Drives, SSD’s are a lot more reliable and resilient as they have no spinning disk or moving parts.

SSD’s also provide much faster read/write speeds. Typically around 450MB’s compared to about 130MB/s on a standard mobile HDD.

USB-C Connectivity

The Glyph Atom SSD is fitted with the latest (soon to be universal) USB 3.1 Type-C port. This interface is more popularly known as USB-C and is the same physical connection as Thunderbolt 3.

Therefore it’s able to connect to the latest 2017 Mac Book Pro which only has Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Thunderbolt 3/USB-C on the MAC Book Pro 2017

USB-C is also fully backwards compatible to USB 3.0.

Use either the USB-C to USB-C cable when connecting to a 2017 MBP or the USB-C to USB-A cable when connecting to a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 device.

Bus Power

Glyph Atom SSD powers up when connected to the computer via the USB cable – no need for power supply.

Small Footprint

The Atom SSD is very small and light. It will easily fit in your pocket with dimensions of: 48 x 122 x 15mm

The small and light weight design mean it’s ideal for use whilst on the move.

Super Fast Transfer Speed

When connected to a Thunderbolt3/USB-C or USB 3.0 device the Atom SSD will provide super fast transfer speeds around 450-480MB/s. Ideal for working with video and multi-track audio in a DAW.

Summary

If you require a super fast external hard drive for audio or video editing whilst travelling or working in the field, the Atom SSD ticks that box.

The Atom SSD is one of the smallest external SSD’s on the market. Smaller than the G-Technology G-Drive SSD and LaCie Rugged SSD but larger than the tiny Samsung T3 or Angelbird SSD2go.

As you can probably tell, we highly recommend the Glyph Atom SSD.

Available to order form our online store.

Glyph Atom RAID SSD Overview

If you require extremely fast read/write speeds then you should opt for the faster Glyph Atom RAID SSD which can provide transfer speeds up to 800MB/s! This is one of the fastest mobile hard drives on the market.

Glyph Atom RAID SSDIdeal application

This would be ideal for streaming a high res’ sample library, editing HD video on the move or using as a project drive with a multi-track DAW setup where drive performance is critical.

RAID 0 Configuration

Available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, the Atom RAID contains 2x M2 Solid State Hard Drives configured in RAID 0.

In RAID 0 both SSD drives appear as one volume. The data is striped across both disks providing much higher data throughput compared to a single disk.

The Glyph Atom RAID is fixed in RAID 0 so is not configurable in other RAID modes.

Geared towards super fast speed not data redundancy.

USB-C Interface

Like the Atom SSD, the Atom RAID has a single USB-C interface so is compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0. No mains power is required.

Dimensions

The unit is larger than the Atom (as it contains two disks) but is still fairly small and can be classed as a pocket drive with dimensions of: 69 x 122 x 15 mm (WxHxD).

Summing Up

Of course, this high speed comes at an extra cost. If you feel you do need that extra speed and don’t mind paying a little extra then go for the Atom RAID.

If small size is key, the single disk Atom SSD will provide enough speed for most demanding applications and has a cheaper price tag.

Available to buy from our online store.

Glyph Atom RAID-SSD Boxed