Dynabook reached out last week and sent us their latest storage solutions that are available in the market. This came out as a surprised to me because I didn’t realize that Dynabook is already in the Philippines.
In this article, I am going to show you three of the products they sent – Boost AX3600, Boost AX5600, and Boost X25. If you’re not familiar with Dynabook’s naming convention, their NVMe M.2 2280 products fall under Boost AX series while their portable storages are within the Boost X-series SKU.
Boost AX3600 and Boost AX5600
There’s a plethora of PCIe 3.0 NVMe M.2 2280 storage products available in the market. These are particularly useful in upgrading the SSDs installed on both desktop and laptops.
Boost AX5600 is positioned more for gamers who need really fast sequential read speed. This helps games to load assets as quickly as possible, thereby giving uninterrupted gaming experience. On the other hand, Boost AX3600 pushes for optimal performance at the least cost, making it perfect for productivity and also for gaming.
|Boost AX5600||Boost AX3600|
|CAPACITY||500GB / 1TB / 2TB||256GB / 512GB / 1024GB|
|INTERFACE||PCIe 3 x 4, NVMe 1.4||PCIe 3 x 4, NVMe 1.3|
|SEQUENTIAL READ SPEED*||Up to 3,300MB/s||Up to 2,200MB/s / 2,300MB/s|
|MTBF(MEAN TIME BETWEEN FAILURE)||1.5M hours||1.5M hours|
|POWER CONSUMPTION||Active Mode <5W||Active Mode <4W;|
|Idle mode <40 mW||Idle mode <30 mW|
|TEMPERATURE RANGE||Operation: 0°C to 70°C||Operation: 0°C to 70°C|
|Storage: -40°C to 85°C||Storage: -40°C to 85°C|
|FORM FACTORS||M.2 2280||M.2 2280|
|WARRANTY||5 years local limited||5 years local limited|
These storages can be installed in various means – installed directly to the PC’s PCIE connection, or via a supported enclosure. While this can be installed to the PlayStation 5, it is not fully compatible with its interface standards, which is PCIe 4.0, which will make the read and write speeds slower than recommended.
My laptop uses an NVMe M.2 2230 SSD, which makes both the AX5600 and AX3600 incompatible to my device. However, this did not stop me from benchmarking both SSDs to see if the numbers hold up to Dynabook’s claim. In this step, I am unable to get the full capability of the SSD because my SSD enclosure’s enclosure is limiting it to 1,000mbs. This made me decide to use my desktop test bench to hopefully really the full potential of the SSDs. Regardless, have a look at the full benchmark results below for your reference. You can refer to the charts below using two benchmarking applications – Crystal Benchmark and AS SSD – using various sample data. Be sure to click the images to view at full resolution. You’ll notice that not only did Dynabook advertise truthfully, but the drives performed even better than what they said!
Boost X25: A must-have EDC for techies!
While the AX-series is aimed for those who want to upgrade their current internal storages, Boost X25 is more for those who wish to carry important files and recovery files.
Now, I have a first-experience of its benefit when my laptop suddenly bugged down last week. I needed a USB drive that will both allow me to diagnose my laptop, install Intel RST driver, and reinstall Windows 11. Boost X25, with its total capacity, is the best solution available for me so it literally saved me and my laptop.
Before I show benchmark results, allow me to share with you the full specs of the SSD:
|CAPACITY||250GB / 500GB / 1TB|
|SEQUENTIAL READ SPEED*||Up to 600MB/s|
|SEQUENTIAL WRITE SPEED||Up to 500MB/s|
|PACKAGE CONTENTS||Dynabook Boost X25 USB Flash Drive, Warranty leaflet|
|WARRANTY||5 years local limited|
The portal drive’s build is fairly robust. It is enclosed in metal casing and weighs only 30g. It has provision for lace or key rings, which makes it even more suitable to be carried around. The item I received from Dynabook is the 500GB variant, and performed just as good as I expected and as advertised.
While I can use this on my laptop, the Flow Z13’s USB Type A is USB 2.0, which may not be suitable for testing. This means that I needed to use our desktop testbench in order to fully test the thumb drive. Anyway, here are benchmark results for your reference. The drive did not fully reach its full advertised read and write speeds, and that’s because my USB port on my desktop did not serve full bandwidth needed for the storage to operate at optimized performance.
Dynabook is a healthy entry in the market
The arrival of Dynabook in the country is a breath of fresh air. It gives Filipino consumers more choices of peripherals to upgrade their current setup. While Cloud Storage is another choice to take, not everyone is keen in fully embracing it.
The Dynabook AX series are impressive solutions especially to those who wish to further improve their gaming and productivity experience. Unknowingly among consumers, the efficiency and speed of storage devices are relevant to the overall experience.
Dynabook is making it easier for consumers to buy their products as well. Apart from brick and mortar shops of official distributors, Dynabook products are now also available in Lazada and Shopee. Their official stores do not just sell the products featured in this article but also their range of products ranging from laptops to other computer peripherals.
- Dynabook Boost AX5600 PCIe 3 NVMe SSD 2TB – PhP15,299
- Dynabook Boost AX3600 PCIe 3 NVMe SSD – PhP6,299
- Dynabook Boost X25 USB 3.2 Flash Drive – ₱3,859.00
Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.