Samsung has come up with a new portable SSD that is pocket-sized, yet packs some really powerful performance. The device is available globally.
Needless to say, Samsung is known for releasing products with some of the best features on the market. The company is generally known for its NAND Flash products, but the new portable SSD proves that the company does have competency in solid state drives.
The SSD T5 is made with Samsung’s latest 64-layer V-Nand technology to deliver high speed and up to 2TB of storage space. The SSD T5 is durable and safe – made with the shock-resistant internal frame, and it can survive a drop of up to 2 meters on a hard surface. On the safety front, it boasts AES 256-bit encryption to protect the data on board. In comparison with equivalent external hardware, Samsung’s SSD T5 proves to be a worthy opponent.
It measures 74 x 57.3 x 10.5mm and the weight varies by capacity. The device is small and easily portable – as big as a business card, weighing 51 grams. The device is compatible with PCs, Mac, Smartphones and other devices with USB Type-C to A and USB Type-C to C cables, whereas the T3, last year’s version, supported only Type-C to A.
The SSD T5 comes in two distinct aluminium finishes; metallic blue with 250GB and 500GB models, and black for the 1TB and 2TB versions. The black model cost $400 for 1 TB and $800 for 2TB. Similarly, the blue option with 250GB costs $130, while the 500GB model costs $200.
The big advantage of SSDs – solid-state drives – is that they have no moving parts, and are designed to be much faster. HDDs – hard disk drives – use a mechanical arm to move around to capture information from the right location on a storage platter.
Full Specs of the Samsung SSD T5
Up to 540 MB/sec transfer speed
Compatible with USB 3.1 Gen2 (10Gbps), backwards compatible
Bus powered, no need for power connectors
UASP (USB-attached SCSI Protocol) support
250GB and 500GB capacities in Alluring Blue color
1TB and 2TB capacities in Deep Black color
Aluminum unibody design
Includes USB-C to USB-C cable and USB-C to USB-A cable
Dimensions: 2.91-inches x 2.26-inches x 0.41-inches
Weighs just 51 grams
AES 256-bit hardware encryption
Shock-resistant, can withstand 2-meter drops
Limited 3-year warranty
The company reports that the T5 can stream data 4.9 times faster than its own 500GB external hard disk drive. The device can download HD movies and 4K UHD movies in just a few seconds. Last year’s T3 offers speed of up to 450 MB/s.