Another fact to keep in mind is that the manufacturer does not indicate the durability of these devices (the TBW), but they do give a 5-year limited warranty, so this should not be an aspect to worry too much about; In addition, you already know that SSD technology has improved substantially in recent years and durability has long since ceased to be an inconvenience or something to fear.
This is the TeamGroup T-Force M200 Portable SSD
TeamGroup packs this external SSD in a black hard cardboard box, on the front of which we can already see an image of the device along with its name and where they indicate the capacity, which has a 5-year warranty, and its potential performance. Already on the opposite side we find a description in several languages, its specifications and a small sketch with the size of the device, in addition to the usual barcode label.
This box opens directly in the form of a chest, and when we do so we can already see the SSD encased in a soft black cardboard.
Under this enclosure for the SSD we have two cables, one USB-C to USB-A and another USB-C to USB-C, since we remember that this device can be used in both ways, thus maximizing its compatibility.
Here we have the SSD drive, in a rugged, ribbed metal casing that gives it a very robust look.
On the opposite side we find some warnings and the mandatory logos for compliance with regulations. The capacity is also indicated here, in this case 2 TB.
In the lower area we find the USB-C connector.
And at the top there is a kind of hook, which can come in handy if we want to wear it tied in some way.
The profile of this TeamGroup T-Force M200 is quite thin, but be careful because the size can be deceiving since its metal casing makes it quite heavy (it’s still light, but it weighs more than it seems).
Speaking of dimensions, here you can see exactly how much it measures with a gauge.
This external SSD does not have any way of opening that does not involve forcefully inserting something flat (like a screwdriver) and prying, something that could at least damage the casing, so we are not going to show it inside so as not to damage the device. Anyway, what we would find is an SSD similar to the one we have in PCs, with its electronic board and yes, its controller and USB port.
TeamGroup T-Force M200 performance tests
To test the performance of this TeamGroup T-Force M200 SSD external SSD we could really use any PC, but we decided to do it in the one with the highest performance that we had on hand so that this is not a limitation and we can see the maximum that it can give us . This has been the hardware used in the test:
- Intel Core i9-12900K.
- be quiet! Pure Rock 2 FX.
- ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 HERO
- 2×16 GB CORSAIR Dominator Platinum DDR5 5.200 MHz.
- TeamGroup CARDEA A440 2 TB (System SSD).
- CORSAIR RM1000i.
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.
We have used Windows 11 Pro with all the updates installed for the test, and the SSD has been connected to one of the USB-C ports on the back of the motherboard, that is, we have connected it directly to the motherboard and not to the motherboard. a box port.
We start by showing the information that it gives us CrystalDisk Info, where we will be able to appreciate the characteristics of the device.
As you can see, the SSD uses the NVM Express 1.3 protocol, so the best performance is guaranteed. A curious fact: we were surprised to see that the device already has more than 2.7 GB of writes, it has been on for 17 hours and has had 27 starts, when the device was completely new and was sealed… it must be because TeamGroup performs its tests device by device before selling them.
Now yes, let’s see what performance CrystalDisk Mark tells us it has.
Obviously, the performance is excellent for an external drive that connects to the system via USB, and yet it is well below those 2,000 MB / s that the manufacturer promised us; however, as we warned you before, this is only for the largest capacity drives, and this performance is as expected in a 2TB external SSD like the one we have in hand.
We continue with AS SSD Benchmark, another tool that will also measure the performance of the SSD with different file sizes and different queue volumes, but also assigning an arbitrary score.
Performance is a bit below what we saw on the CrystalDisk Mark, but it’s still really, really good. As you know, this benchmark has two additional utilities, and this first one shows us the copy speed of the unit with different scenarios.
Obviously the times are higher than what we would get with an internal PC SSD, but in the case of an external SSD that connects via USB, it is many times higher than what we would have with a pen drive or an external hard drive.
Let’s now see how this TeamGroup M200 behaves with non-compressible files, which is usually the weak point of solid state drives.
Performance is excellent, there is no problem handling uncompressible files, and performance is adequate.
We are now going to see how this SSD works with files of different sizes, and for this there is nothing better than ATTO Disk Benchmark.
As with most SSDs, smaller files have significantly lower performance, but it’s still excellent at over 130MB/s on files 4KB or larger, and delivering its maximum performance from almost 256KB .
Let’s end the tests with Anvil Benchmarka test suite for the storage unit that will also show us its random performance in IOPS.
Once again we are dealing with fairly decent data, bearing in mind again that we are dealing with an external SSD that connects to the PC via USB.
In addition to the performance tests, we want to tell you a little about the user experience; The SSD is robust and given its small size and weight it is very comfortable to carry from one place to another, even in your pocket. We believe that it will be the ideal companion for all those who have a modern and light laptop and who need additional storage, since it provides great performance and a very good storage capacity.
But in addition to this, we also consider that it is an ideal SSD for both new and previous generation consoles (well, on consoles that support it, of course). Its cable with USB-A connector (the lifelong standard) means that we can use it as extended storage on consoles, and since games are taking up more and more space, it can be a very smart solution for it.
Conclusion and verdict
TeamGroup is a specialist in storage products, and the truth is that it is something that is evident every time one of their products passes through our hands. The T-Force M200 Portable SSD of the brand has not disappointed us at all, and in fact we have loved it because with a small size and low weight, the product is very robust and versatile to be used in PCs, laptops or even in consoles, with excellent performance and completely plug & play.
Furthermore, with performance exceeding 1 GB/s in most scenarios and 2 GB/s in the highest capacity models, it can be an essential ally even for professional users who need to move large amounts of data from one PC to another with total speed, or simply that they need a storage medium for their creativities so that they can be available anywhere.
With all of this in mind, we think this TeamGroup T-Force M200 Portable SSD is a great buy for anyone, giving it our Platinum award and recommendation for its design.