Samsung remains true to itself and this year again releases a new version of its Portable SSD. At the beginning of 2015, the success story started with the Portable SSD T1, last year it continued with the Portable SSD T3 (to test) – and again this year Samsung skips the even number and jumps directly to the Portable SSD T5. But we don’t just give you the news that there is a new Portable SSD from Samsung, but also the test for it. In the following lines you will learn everything about the performance of the latest external Samsung SSD and whether the purchase is worth it.
The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is available in four memory sizes from 250 GB to 2 TB. Samsung remains true to the memory sizes. This is certainly because SSDs are still expensive compared to HDDs and many people don’t see the point in buying an expensive external SSD. However, this can be worthwhile, because in all other aspects except storage space and price, an SSD has an advantage. If you need a rugged or fast external hard drive, you won’t be able to avoid an SSD.
New in the T5 series is that the USB Type C port is now connected with USB 3.1 and the use of Samsung’s 3D V-NAND in version 4. This has increased the transfer rates again, making 540 MB/s reading and 515 MB/s writing possible for all models. Otherwise, little has changed. The case is almost the same size, only 0.7 mm narrower in width. The changed colour design is more striking. The weight of 51 grams has not changed.
|Storage capacity nominally||250 GB||500 GB||1 TB||2 TB|
|Interface||USB 3.1 Gen. 2|
|Cell type||Samsung 3D V-NAND v4 (TLC, 64 layers)|
|Speed (up to)||540 MB/s (read) / 515 MB/s (write)|
|Dimensions||74 x 57.3 x 10.5 mm|
|Special features||AES encryption, UASP support|
|Connection||USB 3.1 Type C or USB 3.1 Type A, both cables included|
|Price (UVP)||139 Euro (currently: € 72.99)||229 Euro (currently: € 96.90)||429 Euro (currently: € 168.68)||849 Euro (currently: € 334.32)|