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Samsung Portable SSD T5 introduced

by Mark Tyson on 16 August 2017, 10:31

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Samsung has introduces a new range of portable SSD storage products. The new Samsung Portable SSD T5 drives use Samsung's latest 64-layer V-NAND technology and are claimed to provide "industry-leading transfer speeds with encrypted data security" in a compact and durable design. Transfers speeds of up to 540MB/s are claimed and the drives connect to your computer via a USB Type-C interface.

As is usual for this type of product the possible transfer speeds are compared to those that can be achieved by an HDD equipped alternative. Thanks to its Samsung V-NAND flash memory and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, the T5 provides transfer speeds that are up to 4.9x faster than external HDDs. With the right kind of computer/device that will make backups and file transfers much faster.

Other key advantages of portable SSDs, over their HDD cousins, are the smaller form factors possible and their durability. The SSD T5 measures just 57 x 74 x 10.5mm thick and weighs 51g. As Samsung says, that's "smaller than the average business card" but much thicker, of course. Samsung's design is described as sleek and minimal and fits in a rounded metal unibody. With no moving parts SSDs are naturally more resilient to shocks. Samsung rates the T5 as being capable of surviving drops of up to 3 metres. Furthermore, for another kind of security, it can be password protected with AES 256-bit hardware encryption. Backing up its durability claims Samsung provides a 3-year limited warranty.

The new Samsung Portable SSD T5 includes a USB Type-C port. If you haven't got such a port on your computer there's no need to get your own adapter cable. Samsung provides both a USB Type-C to C cable and a USB Type-C to A cable in the box. Its backwards compatible if you have an older standard USB port. Password setting and firmware updating can be done from connected PC or Mac with Samsung's management software.

Samsung's new Portable SSD T5 is compatible not just with computers but with a wide range of smartphones, tablets and TVs. For the full list pleased check out the official product pages.

Key Specifications

Category

Samsung Portable SSD T5

Capacity

2TB/1TB (Deep Black), 500GB/250GB (Alluring Blue)

Interface

USB 3.1 (Gen 2, 10Gbps) backwards compatibility

Dimensions (LxWxH)

74 x 57.3 x 10.5 mm (3.0 x 2.3 x 0.4 inches)

Weight

51 grams (1.8 oz)

Transfer Speed

Up to 540 MB/s

UASP Mode

Supported

Encryption

AES 256-bit hardware data encryption

Security

Samsung Portable SSD Software

Certifications

CE, BSMI, KC, VCCI, C-tick, FCC, IC, UL, TUV, CB

RoHS Compliance

RoHS2

Warranty

Three Year Limited Warranty

 

The Portable SSD T5 will become available globally from today with prices starting at $129.99 for the 256GB model.



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540MB/s sounds suspiciously like it's still using a sloppy and inefficient SATA to USB bridge, certainly not getting close to the potential of 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 which it's supposedly capable of.
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540MB/s sounds suspiciously like it's still using a sloppy and inefficient SATA to USB bridge, certainly not getting close to the potential of 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 which it's supposedly capable of.

I gave up looking for NVMe external caddies, as of July 2016 they didn't make any stand alone, I had a slight glimmer of hope then realised it's just the T3 with the newer drive, save your money.