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Cheapest ThunderBolt External SSD Drive Bargain

Shopping for a deal on a fast and low-cost external Thunderbolt SSD backup drive? With the costs of flash memory collapsing in the past year, we're seeing solid-state drives with ever higher capacities at ever lower costs. Monster Digital offers a portable and relatively cheap Thunderbolt SSD drive in it's Overdrive series.

Cheap Portable Thunderbolt SSD

240GB and 480 Capacities - Integrated TBolt Cable

The cost overhead of licensing Intel's Thunderbolt chipsets have always added a premium price to any external Thunderbolt backup drive, but declining SSD costs are helping make them more affordable than ever. Monster Digital is being very aggressive with pricing lately, and that makes it possible to actually call their 240Gb and 480GB ThunderBolt SSD drive cheap. They're significantly undercutting the competition like LaCie or Akitio for comparable sized drives.

My particular Apple MacBook Air has only 2 USB 3.0 ports which usually are already in use by my iPhone charging cable and my USB powered speaker system. Although a USB 3.0 SSD drive might be cheaper, I opted for a SSD Thunderbolt external backup drive to take advantage of an otherwise under-used port and not have to disconnect my other USB devices when I need to do a TimeMachine backup. As such, the slight price premium for Monster Digital's silent and fast 240GB Thunderbolt backup drive was worth it.