Samsung Portable SSD T5 Review

The Samsung’s newly released T5 is a compact and lightweight portable SSD! It is about the size of a stack of credit cards. Don’t be fooled by its small size, its capacity ranges from 250GB to 2TB. The thing I like about flash storages is that they are hardy enough to survive a lot more knocks than regular spinning hard disk drives. Not only that, flash storages have great throughput too.

Samsung Portable SSD T5 Technical Specs
Model MU-PA250B MU-PA500B MU-PA1T0B MU-PA2T0B
Capacity 250GB 500GB 1TB 2TB
Color Alluring Blue Deep Black
Interface USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), backwards compatible
Data Transfer Speed 540 MB/s
Dimensions 74 x 58.3 x 10.5 mm
Weight 51 g
SRP S$179 S$279 S$559 S$1,229

Unboxing the Samsung Portable SSD T5

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 250GB.
The Samsung Portable SSD T5, USB-C to USB-C cable, standard USB to USB-C cable and Quick Start Guide.

You will find the following within the packaging:

  1. Samsung Portable SSD T5
  2. USB 3.1 USB-C to USB-C cable
  3. USB 3.1 USB-A to USB-C cable
  4. Quick Start Guide

The Samsung Portable SSD T5

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is compact and has a brushed aluminium case.

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 measures 74 x 57.3 x 10.5 mm and weighs 51 grams. It is really small and light compared to my current portable hard disk.

It has a brushed aluminium case with the Samsung logo on one face. Its aluminium body probably help dissipate heat during intensive data transfers. It will probably be hardy enough to withstand a few bumps in the bag or scratches from keys and coins in the pocket with its aluminum build.

You will be glad to know that the Samsung Portable SSD T5 has a shock-resistant internal frame which will handle drops from 2 metres. Well, I wouldn’t recommend testing it deliberately though.

I expect that it will collect a few battle scars and dents after a while.

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is 57.3mm in width or roughly the height of 6 LEGO bricks.
The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is 74mm in length or roughly the height of 8 LEGO bricks.
The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is pretty slim at 10.5mm or roughly the height of a single LEGO brick.

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is rounded on the long edge, making it nice to hold in your hands when plugging in or out the USB cable.

The USB-C port on one edge of the Samsung Portable SSD T5.

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 comes with a 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB-C port. Specifications-wise, the Samsung T5 is capable of transfer speeds up to 540 MB/sec.

The included USB-C to USB-C cable allows you to directly connect the Samsung Portable SSD T5 to your Android phone as an external storage device. You can also use the USB-A to USB-C for your computer or the USB-C to USB-C cable if your computer comes with it.

On the same face as the USB-C connector, you will find the status LED. It is only visible when powered.

On top of the 3 year limited warranty, the Samsung Portable SSD T5 comes with a complimentary 1 year data recovery service.

You will be pleased to find that the local distributor included a complimentary one (1) year data recovery service for Samsung SSD which hopefully I won’t ever get to use it.

The Samsung Portable SSD T5’s Performance

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 managed 435 MB/s and 437 MB/s for sequential read and write respectively.

On my Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the Samsung Portable SSD T5 achieved sequential read and write speed of 435 MB/s and 437 MB/s respectively in CrystalDiskMark.

This blazing speed is because of the combination of Samsung’s 64-layer V-NAND flash memory and USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface which Samsung says is up to 4.9x faster than external hard disks.

Conclusion

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is a great portable SSD for those looking for a small drive with great performance. It is perfect for people who deals with large files like artworks or virtual machine’s disks. So yeah, media designers and system admins, this portable SSD is the perfect choice.

The password protection with 256-bit AES hardware encryption keeps your data safe at rest. You can use the Samsung T5 with or without a password.

The Samsung T5 carries a standard three (3) year warranty. The local distributor also included a complimentary one (1) year data recovery service for the SSD.

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB options.

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