An external drive is ideal if you want to quickly back-up and transfer data in an easy way. Regular external hard drives are slow and primarily good for your coffee consumption. An external SSD is a lot faster. Samsung already raised the bar with their T3, but raises it once again with their brand new T5. We tested the Samsung Portable SSD T5 in the 500GB, 1TB and 2TB variants.
The Samsung T-series external SSDs has been small, light and fast since the first generation. The T5 continuous this trend. While the T3 was slightly bigger compared with its predecessor, the T5 is smaller- slightly smaller than a credit card. The weight barely changed: 51 grams. In short, a small gem that can easily fit in your pocket. Nevertheless this device is a lot faster than a bigger external hard drive.
The T5 has a USB Type-C connector; Samsung includes two cables. One to the classic Type-A for connecting to the well-known, flat USB-connector and one that has Type-C on both sides. With that you can easily connect the drive to a suited smartphone; the power consumption is low enough that these devices can power it. Both cables are a bit short: 45 cm. This means that you might have to leave a drive dangling when it is connected to your computer because the cable is too short. Fortunately the devices can withstand a drop.
Getting straight to the point: this is not exactly cheap storage. The entry-level model with a capacity of 250GB has an average price of 179 dollars euro. The step up to the double capacity is relatively small. The 500GB-model has an average price of 274 dollars. The 1TB-model has an MSRP of 548 dollars. The top model has an average price of 1085 dollars. This is a lot of money. If your time is valuable and you are working with large files, the investment in a drive like this could pay for itself. In any case, the T5 does not cost more than predecessor T3.
The advantage of an external SSD compared with an external hard drive is that it does not have any moving parts. This does not only mean it consumes less power, but you also do not have to worry about fall damage or other accidents that can happen to the drive. The T5 is also safe in regards to the software: Samsung added 256-bit AES-encryption, which is built into the drive.
In this test we take a look the 500, 1 TB and 2 TB models of the T5. The fourth, the cheaper 250 GB-model was unfortunately not at our disposal.