...Asus adds some visual pizzazz with two-zone RGB.
Asus builds on the release of the ROG Strix Arion SSD enclosure by, this time, putting a drive in it for those wanting a fit-and-finished product. By amalgamating a proven Phison E12 NVMe SSD Asus covers the performance bases for an external storage solution capable of transmitting data at 1GB/s.
Differentiating from the norm via a metal heatsink, which works well, Asus adds visual pizzazz with two-zone RGB.
That said, Asus is stingy with the capacity, as 500GB is the only option, the company really ought to include a second Type-C-to-A cable, and pricing feels expensive compared to similar performance drives from WD and Seagate.
We'd likely buy the enclosure on its own and pair it with an inexpensive drive such as a WD Blue SN570 1TB. You'd get double the capacity for not much more.
Bottom line: Asus needs to work on capacity and pricing for the Arion ROG Strix S500 SSD to make sense in an already congested marketplace.
Great build and good looks
Easy to upgrade
500GB capacity is on the low end
Asus ROG Strix Arion S500 SSD (500GB)
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