In most cases, people buy M.2 NVMe drives to stick in their desktop or laptop computers for more of that good, fast storage. But there are other more practical applications that do not require you to open your hardware. You can get one of those fast SSDs, then stick it in a little case, and suddenly you’ve made yourself a handy and fast portable USB-C drive that will cost you as little as $93 with deals from today.
If that sounds like something you’d like to add to your tech repertoire, Sabrent’s Tool-Free USB-C Gen 3.2 Enclosure dropped to just $22.94 (usually $40) on Amazon. Adding an M.2 drive is simple, just remove the top and follow the prompts to carefully guide the drive into the slot. Then you secure it in place to keep it from moving.
(Note: The M.2 SSD enclosure shown in the main image above is available here on Amazon for $40, down from its normal price of $50.)
You can stick a SATA or NVMe SSD (the latter being much faster) in this enclosure, and it supports up to the 2280 form factor, which is the most popular size (it can accommodate M.2 drives of size 2242 and 2260, alternatively). Its USB 3.2 support enables transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps, although its speed is ultimately determined by the type of drive you insert into it. An affordable and relatively quick option to put inside this enclosure also comes from Sabrent. Its 1TB Rocket Q SSD is currently $89.99 (usually $111) on Amazon.
If you’re hoping to get a Samsung SSD in this price range, its 1TB NVMe 980 SSD is $109.99 — up from $139.99 — at Best Buy. This model should be sufficient for many people’s needs, although it’s not the fastest NVMe drive, as it lacks DRAM, which your PC relies on to map drive contents to make it faster to serve your data. .
For a slightly faster Samsung SSD with DRAM, check out its 970 Evo Plus with 500GB of storage that’s $69.99 at Best Buy, down from its usual price of $95.
For something completely different, check out Amazon’s stellar sale price on the latest (third-gen) AirPods. They’re down to $139.99 (originally $179), matching the bargain price that was popular with readers during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For those unaware, these retain a similar design to the AirPods Pro, but have a few key differences. Notably, they don’t have silicone ear tips for a better fit, nor do they support active noise cancellation. However, while similar to the original AirPods in terms of ear canal insertion, our reviewer Chris Welch says Apple has improved the sound quality for this generation, among other new features. Read our review.
If you’re looking for an affordable way to add ambient lighting around your TV that changes color in response to what’s happening on the screen, check out this deal on Amazon. Govee’s Immersion backlights that support TVs between 55 and 65 inches are $63.09 when you check the coupon box on this page. This product originally costs $83.99.
The Immersion Kit includes a long LED light strip that goes behind your TV, as well as a camera that needs to be mounted on your TV (that’s how its lights can match what’s showing on your TV). The lights can be controlled via the Govee app or via your voice with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Read our review.
Other offers to prepare you this Friday
- The best hard drive enclosures for managing storage
- Govee DreamView G1 Pro Gaming Light review: match your monitor with RGB
- Philips Hue lights: a guide to what each bulb does (and costs)
- How to choose an SSD on a flash sale
- How to Enable or Disable Noise Cancellation on AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max