The T5 may be a spectacular piece of storage hardware and an undeniable success from Samsung, but you’ll pay a hefty price for it. After reading Samsung T5 Portable SSD 1TB Review, Make sure you’ve got compatible hardware to support the SSD’s full levels of performance, of course.

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Samsung T5 Portable SSD 1TB Review

The spectacular Samsung Portable SSD T5 lives proof that goodies really do are available small packages – it is a masterclass in portable storage.

If you think that an auxiliary storage device can’t be smaller than a high-powered power bank, you’d be wrong. The T5, in fact, is about the dimensions of a stack of credit cards. Indeed, the T5 now dangerously draws in size to much more expensive solid-state storage devices like Kingston’s DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB drive. This means that you can slip it in your shirt pocket and no one would look at it twice.


The drive measures 74 x 57 x 10.5mm and weighs only 51g, making it small and lightweight enough to be shoved into even a decent front jeans pocket with ease. It is made entirely of metal (with a graceful brushed finish) and apart from the large Samsung logo on the front, the facility LED, and therefore the Type-C connector, there’s nothing of note to comment on. Essentially, it isn’t much different from the T3 apart from the very fact that it abandons the dual-tone color scheme.


The drive is out there in sizes starting from 250GB to 2TB and comes with an ASMedia mSATA-to-USB bridge controller, instead of one among Samsung’s own.

The big improvement comes from the newer, more advanced 64-layer 3D V-NAND Triple Level Cell non-volatile storage used, also because of the updated firmware and therefore the support for TRIM via the UASP (USB attached SCSI) protocol.


Using a USB Type-C Gen 1 connector (therefore limited to 5Gbps), the T5 drive achieved respectable read/write speeds of 433MBps and 323MBps respectively in CrystalDiskMark, and up to 462Mbps and 323MBps under ATTO. It also managed to transfer a 10GB file using Teracopy in 47 seconds, giving it a real-life transfer rate of just over 212MBps.


The Samsung T5 may be a great all-rounder SSD for those looking to maneuver or carry incredibly large amounts of knowledge. With a quick transfer rate and a three-year warranty, the T5 shows that Samsung is at the highest of its game when it involves NAND technology and producing a quality product.


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