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This portable MagSafe SSD solved my biggest issue with the iPhone's storage

The Aiffro P10 MagSafe portable SSD magnetically attaches to the back of your iPhone (or anything with a USB-C), and gives you up to 2TB of storage.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
Aiffro P10 MagSafe portable SSD
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ZDNET's key takeaways

  • The Aiffro P10 MagSafe portable SSD is available from the manufacturer for $149 for the 1TB model, and $249 for 2TB. 
  • It's a clever way to carry extra storage, and the MagSafe form factor couldn't be more convenient. 
  • It's only compatible with the iPhone 15, read speeds are on the low side, and it's rather pricey.

Over the last few years, I've seen tons of new MagSafe products used in all sorts of applications for the iPhone from power banks to wallets. The magnetic technology is convenient and efficient, and can lead to a host of clever products. Case in point: the P10 MagSafe Portable SSD by Aiffro

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This portable SSD is a creative solution that approaches portable storage in a unique way, but there are a few usability catches that I'll break down shortly. First, the specs.  

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Aiffro P10 MagSafe portable SSD tech specs

  • Output interface: USB3.2 Type C
  • Capacity: 1TB/2TB
  • Dimensions: 59 x 59 x 6.5 mm
  • Performance:
    Sequential read: Up to 2,000 MB/s
    Sequential write: Up to 1,800 MB/s
  • Operating power consumption: 1 - 3W
  • Operating system compatibility: Windows, macOS, Android, Linux, iOS
  • Device compatibility: PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones with Type-C interface 

In the kit you get the portable SSD, an aluminum and plastic disk that attaches to the back of the iPhone 15 (not compatible with earlier iPhones using Lightning), and two cables – a flat cable and a cable with a 180-degree bend at the end.

Two cables supplied with the Aiffro P10.

Two cables supplied with the Aiffro P10.

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The idea is simple – you attach the disk to the back of your iPhone, connect the cable, and away you go.

But there's a slight issue: if you have a thick case, or the case has a flap covering the port, the cable arrangement doesn't work. Sure, you can clip the drive to the back of your iPhone and detach it and leave it dangling when you need to use it, but that defeats the purpose, as now you're carrying a cable.

If you have a thick case, using magSafe is a no go.

If you have a thick case, using magSafe is a no go.

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On the disk, there is a tiny button to switch the drive on and off. This is a useful feature because if it's left on while connected to your phone, it will drain the battery.

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Performance is good, with my benchmark scores hitting close to the rated 1,800 MB/s write speeds. However, it falls short on read speeds, achieving less than 50 percent of the rated speed. 

ZDNET's buying advice

While not everyone needs a terabyte or two stuck to the back of their iPhone, if you're the type who carries around a flash drive on a keychain, you might find the Aiffro P10 MagSafe portable SSD an innovative solution.

Yes, you have to carry cables along with the drive, and yes, some cases might be awkward. It's also a bit on the pricey side. But if you need external storage and you're a fan of MagSafe products, it's a convenient solution. 

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