Samsung T5 Portable SSD review: fast lighweight

The bar for fast and lightweight storage is raised once once more.


What can you do with it?

The Samsung T5 is equipped with a USB 3.1 gen2-interface. This is an important difference when compared with the T3, which uses the regular USB 3.0-interface. That model was perfectly capable of utilizing the full bandwidth offered by that connection. By using the new protocol the new drive should theoretically offer higher speeds. The T5 internally works with a SATA 600-bus.

As its predecessor the drive is fast enough to use as ‘live’ drive – not only to transfer large amount of data to and from the drive, but also to directly edit these. For example photo or video editing, or working with virtualized environments. This is not as great of an idea when using more simplistic (and cheaper) flash memory such as a usb-drive or an SD-card. We can imagine that someone who values the flexibility of this drive, might also care less about the investment.

250 and 500 GB are blue and the 1 and 2 TB are black.

For that target audience the presence of hardware encryption is another bonus. Especially with the new European regulation on general data protection, it is important for companies to be careful with third party personal information. In the case of loss or theft of data, the presence of encryption is supposed to offer some solace. Unfortunately we cannot measure the implementation and effectiveness of the encryption. You can add a password through the Samsung software that is available for Windows, MacOS and Android. This software also requires said password if you connect the T5 with your computer, tablet or phone. 

There is software available for Windows and MacOS.

There is also an Android app for the T5.


The different models can also be recognized by their colours. The two with the least amounts of storage capacity come in BMW-blue and the two models with the most storage capacity come in black. 

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