Samsung T5 Portable SSD review: personal storage in its purest form
- Slim and light design
- Ultra-fast storage speeds
- More expensive per-GB
- Limited color options
If the idea of a portable SSD with shockingly fast transfer speeds and a form-factor to die for fills you with glee, this is absolutely the product you’ll want to get your hands on sooner or later.
Price$ 199.00 (AUD)
In terms of the performance offered by the T5, I’ve got little but praise for Samsung’s little blue box. This is a portable SSD - and you’re absolutely going to get the blisteringly fast transfers you’d expect out of it.
Pulling a 9.5GB folder off the T5 (using the C-to-USB 3.0 cable) to the desktop took just 39 seconds. Moving it back: 39 seconds. Meanwhile, a 65GB file took only 4 minutes and 31 seconds to copy off the T5 and just over double that (approximately 10 minutes) to reverse the process.
Shifting gears to the USB-C to USB-C cable made for an even faster experience. Using it, we were able to take the aforementioned 9.5GB file off the SSD in just 24 seconds. Then, it took just 27 seconds to copy it back over.
When it came to our 65GB example, it took just 3 minutes and 20 seconds to copy off the SSD. Backing that file back up: 4 minutes and 18 seconds. In practice, the T5 feels so fast it’s like magic. Portable hard drives have come a long way in the last few years but the T5 really does feel like it sits in a class of its own.
The only drawbacks here are the price relative to the amount of storage you’re getting. You can easily find a normal portable hard drive with three or four times the storage offered here at about the same price. That said, few of those alternatives can really come close to Samsung’s SSD on form-factor - let alone speed.
The Bottom Line
Samsung’s T5 SSD is an awesome slice of personal storage tech made manifest. However, if you’re looking for a better return on your money in terms of size, it might not be the right fit.
That said, if the idea of a portable SSD with shockingly fast transfer speeds and a form-factor to die for fills you with glee, this is absolutely the product you’ll want to get your hands on sooner or later.
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