Sam­sung T5 Portable SSD

Sam­sung feels the need for speed... again.

APC Australia - - Contents - Stephen Lam­brechts

Sam­sung’s back with an­other su­per-fast portable stor­age so­lu­tion, re­turn­ing to the well that it first dug in 2015 with the T1 drive — and this USB ex­ter­nal drive prom­ises even quicker trans­fers speeds.

With a sim­i­lar brushed alu­minium uni­body de­sign as last time (sans the twotone styling), the T5 is al­most ex­actly the same size as its pre­vi­ous-gen in­car­na­tion, shav­ing off just un­der a mil­lime­tre from the T3’s width. A USB Type-C port lets you switch be­tween the in­cluded Type-C to Type-A and Type-C to Type-C ca­bles, the lat­ter be­ing es­pe­cially con­ve­nient for use with newer MacBooks and other ul­tra­portable lap­tops, or even An­droid phones. For those who want to keep their files se­cure and away from pry­ing eyes, AES 256-bit hard­ware en­cryp­tion is avail­able, which cre­ates a se­cure par­ti­tion on the de­vice that you need to un­lock via a pre­loaded en­cryp­tion app. Once in­stalled, the SSD re­quires the user to en­ter a pass­word be­fore they can view the contents within.

But the real sell­ing point is the trans­fer speeds, and we’re pleased to say that the T5 is no slouch in that re­gard. Our Crys­talDisk Mark tests re­vealed se­quen­tial multi-thread read and write speeds of 437MB/s and 444.3MB/s, putting it in first place amongst ri­val portable SSDs (Sam­sung’s T3 was the pre­vi­ous leader). In terms of large sin­gle-threaded trans­fers, the T5 fell short of the WD My Pass­port SSD’s 431.1MB/s and 420.3MB/s record. But we pre­ferred the T5’s thin­ner pro­file and rounded edges, so we know which way we’d flop.


An el­e­gant de­sign backed by strong en­cryp­tion, with in­cred­i­bly fast trans­fer speeds.

PORTABLE SSD 250GB, $199; 500GB, $329; 1TB, $649; 2TB, $1,249 | WWW.SAM­SUNG.COM/AU

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