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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Ifyou are look­ing for a high ca­pac­ity por­ta­ble stor­age de­vice, Sam­sung’s SSD (solid state drive) T5 is worth con­sid­er­ing. This shock re­sis­tant SSD has a uni­body metal de­sign that can with­stand a drop from up to two me­tres. Smaller than a busi­ness card, mea­sur­ing 57.3x74x10.5 mm and weigh­ing 51 gms, it can eas­ily slide into a pocket. The T5 only has a Type-C port along with an LED in­di­ca­tor, but it comes with a USB Type-C to Type-C and Type-C to Type-A ca­bles that en­able seam­less trans­fer of data be­tween smart­phones, tablets, lap­tops and even PCs.

This plug-and-play SSD works with Mac, Win­dows and An­droid de­vices and is com­pat­i­ble with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. It sup­ports trans­fer speeds of up to 540 MB/sec de­pend­ing upon the host con­fig­u­ra­tion, and claims to be 4.9-times faster than an HDD (hard disk drive). I was able to trans­fer an 18-GB folder in less than a minute with both iMac and Win­dows lap­top; but the ex­pe­ri­ence wasn’t as smooth with An­droid, as I had to for­mat the drive on plug­ging it in for the first time. Sam­sung T5 is avail­able in 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB ca­pac­i­ties. The 500 GB vari­ant is priced at ` 21,000 (`18,000 on Ama­zon In­dia). The Sam­sung T5 scores high on porta­bil­ity, per­for­mance and price.

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