The new ADATA SE920 external SSD is a small, speedy solid state drive that the company says is the first to support 40 Gbps USB4 connections, enabling you to make full use of the SSD’s blazing-fast speeds, although that “first” claim is debatable.

The ADATA SE920 has read/write speeds up to 3,800MB/s and 3,700MB/s, respectively. But that kind of speed also comes at a cost: the SSD generates more heat than most, so it requires active cooling.

With that in mind, the SE920 has a “proprietary patented active dissipation design and built-in micro fan.”

There’s also a “telescoping case” that expands when the SSD is in use, providing more room inside the case for air to circulate when the fan is active. ADATA says this cooling system can “reduce temperature by 10%” in order to keep the SSD from slowing down due to overheating.

You can activate the fan by pressing down on the case, and when you don’t need the fan you can press again to retract the case so that the SE920 takes up less space in your bag, pocket, or hand.

The portable SSD measures 105 x 64.2 x 15.9mm (4.13″ x 2.52″ x 0.62″) when closed, or 122.56 x 64.2 x 15.9mm (4.82″ x 2.52″ x 0.62″) when the case is extended and the fan is active. It weighs 182 grams (6.4 ounces).

The ADATA SE920 External SSD is also backward-compatible with USB 3.2 and USB 2.0, but don’t expect the same kinds of speeds when using the SSD with a device featuring one of those slower ports.

ADATA will offer 1TB and 2TB versions of the SSD, and the company says it should be compatible with devices running Windows 10 or later, macOS 13 or later, Linux kernel 6 or later, or Android 13 or later.

I haven’t seen any pricing details yet.

Update: ADATA may be one of the first companies to launch a USB4/Thunderbolt 4 SSD that includes storage, but there are already a number of USB4/Thunderbolt 4 SSD enclosures that let you supply your own M.2 SSD.

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  1. Just to pique the interest of technical people, this is higher than the theoretical maximum including protocol overhead of Thunderbolt 3.