Travel Gadget Essentials Buying Guide

Toshiba Canvio Flex

The Canvio Flex is one of the most interesting and convenient portable storage devices on the market today. And again, I admit that it’s often difficult to be excited about storage devices, but storage is so important to all modern technology, you would be a fool to not take it more seriously.

For starters, it’s very portable, and using the 2.5″ form factor and weighing just 150g (210g for the 4TB version), this smart-looking external drive is slim enough to fit in your pocket, so it’ll certainly drop into your backpack or luggage easily enough too. It’s also powered by a single USB cable, and comes with a USB-C cable too, making it broadly compatible with a lot of devices, and it doesn’t require an external power source, making it very easy to set up and use.

The real strength of the Toshiba Canvio Flex is how versatile it really is, as it’s ready to work on Mac, Windows PCs, tablets and mobile devices, consoles and more right out of the box. This means you can back up or carry data for your iPad, Android devices, laptop and more. With transfer rates of up to 5 Gbit/s it’s more than capable of being able to play back your high-resolution media on the go. There’s the Canvio Flex, Canvio Gaming, Canvio Slim, and Canvio Basics, which are all great, but for me, the portability and wider device support make the Flex the best one for travelling.


  • 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive with elegant silver finish
  • Maximum transfer rate ~ 5.0 Gbit/s
  • Compatible with Mac / Windows PC / Tablet
  • Includes USB-C and USB-A cables
  • Formatted exFAT for: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 | macOS v10.15, macOS v10.14, macOS v10.13 | iOS/Android devices

What Toshiba Had to Say

“Combining compatibility and portability, the Canvio Flex is the cross-device storage solution built for your digital lifestyle. To try out new gadgets, we need freedom of choice. That’s why the Canvio Flex is designed to work interchangeably with most major device platforms and operating systems. Preformatted for Mac, Windows PC and tablets*, this drive allows you to seamlessly access data and share between devices. Enjoy the convenience and flexibility for your storage needs with the Canvio Flex – your smart storage companion.”

Price and Availability

Check Amazon for the latest stock and prices here. The Canvio Flex is available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB variants.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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