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Build a fast, portable USB-C drive with this value-priced M.2 enclosure

In most cases, people buy M.2 NVMe drives to stick in their desktop PCs or laptops for more of that good, fast storage. But there are some other more practical uses that don’t require you to open your hardware. You can get one of these fast SSDs and then put it in a tiny case, and suddenly you’ve made yourself a handy and fast USB-C portable drive that will set you back just $93 with today’s deals.

If that sounds like something you’d like to add to your tech repertoire, Sabrent’s tool-less USB-C Gen 3.2 enclosure costs just $22.94 (usually $40) at Amazon. Adding an M.2 drive is easy, just take the top off and follow the instructions to gently guide the drive into the slot. Then you fix it in place to keep it from moving.

Sabrent M.2 SSD Enclosure

Sabrent USB-C 3.2 Toolless M.2 SSD Enclosure

This tool-less enclosure supports SATA or NVMe-class M.2 SSDs, and the USB Gen 3.2 interface enables up to 10 Gbps data bandwidth for relatively fast transfers. It supports M.2 SSDs in the 2242, 2260, or 2280 form factor.

(Note: The M.2 SSD enclosure in the image above is available here from Amazon for $40, less than the regular price of $50.)

You can plug a SATA or NVMe (the latter is much faster) SSD into this enclosure, and it supports up to the 2280 form factor, the most popular size (it can hold 2242 and 2260 sized M.2 drives, alternatively) . The USB 3.2 support allows for transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps, although the speed is ultimately determined by what kind of drive you put in it. An affordable and relatively quick option to place in this housing also comes from Sabrent. The 1TB Rocket Q SSD is now $89.99 (usually $111) at Amazon.

Samsung 980

Samsung

If you’re hoping to get a Samsung SSD in this price range, the 1TB 980 NVMe SSD is $109.99 — down from $139.99 — at Best Buy. This model should suffice for many people’s needs, although it’s not the fastest NVMe drive out there, as it doesn’t have DRAM, which your PC relies on to map the content within the drive to make it faster. make when serving your data.

For a slightly faster Samsung SSD with DRAM, check out the 970 Evo Plus with 500GB of storage that costs $69.99 at Best Buy, down from the usual $95 price.

For something completely different, check out Amazon’s great retail price on the latest (third-generation) AirPods. They’ve dropped back to $139.99 (originally $179), matching the great price popular with readers during Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday. For those not in the know, these have a similar design to the AirPods Pro but have some key differences. Notably, they don’t have silicone eartips for a better fit, nor do they support active noise cancellation. Although, while similar to the original AirPods in how they fit in the ear canal, our review Chris Welch says Apple has improved sound quality in this generation, among other new additions. Read our review.

AirPods (third generation)

The latest entry-level AirPods look similar to their slimmer sibling, the AirPods Pro, and feature a new charging case and shorter stems. They are also water resistant, unlike the 2019 model, and have better battery life.

If you’re looking for an affordable way to add some mood lighting around your TV that changes color in response to what’s happening on the screen, check out this deal at Amazon. Govee’s Immersion backlight that supports TVs between 55 and 65 inches costs $63.09 when you check the coupon box on this page. Originally, this product costs $83.99.

The Immersion kit includes a long LED light strip that goes behind your TV, along with a camera that needs to be mounted on top of your TV (so the lights can match what’s displayed on your TV). The lamps can be controlled via the Govee app or via your voice with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Read our review.

Govee Immersion TV LED Backlight (2020)

If you want a more cinematic and immersive TV viewing experience, add this Govee backlight to your 55″ or 65″ TV. It works with any content and you can get this kit for much less than competing Philips Hue models. Read our review.

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