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Samsung Portable SSD T5 (500GB)


Introduction, Design, Features

2012 Editors' Choice Logo

What’s some-more considerable than pulling out your business label in a customer meeting? Pulling out a ton of files in a tool no bigger than a brief smoke-stack of business or credit cards. The Samsung Portable SSD T5 won’t utterly fit into your wallet, though it leaves copiousness of room in a pants or shirt slot (although you’ll need to tuck a foot-long USB wire into a slot too).

It’s a attractive expostulate that’s built to tarry drops and bumps and delivers rapid opening during a rival price. If we can means a reward over a unstable tough drive—$199.99 for a 500GB indication seen here—it’s a no-brainer.

Samsung Portable SSD T3 (500GB) with box

The T5 is a third era of Samsung’s tiny outmost SSD, following final year’s Portable SSD T3T1 (Samsung skips a even numbers). It combines a company’s latest V-NAND peep memory with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface for, Samsung says, send speeds adult to 540MB/sec review and 515MB/sec write.

Your mileage might vary, mostly given many PCs currently have USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, that are no faster than USB 3.0. (See a authority on USB 3.1 and USB-C.) Whichever form of USB pier your PC or Mac has, however, will work fine, given a T5 comes with both USB-C (drive) to USB-C (computer) and USB-C (drive) to USB-A (computer) cables. Also, Windows and macOS aren’t your usually handling complement choices: Downloadable module lets a T5 work with Android devices.

Samsung Portable SSD T3 (500GB) with cables

The Portable SSD T5 measures 0.41 by 2.26 by 2.91 inches and weighs 1.8 ounces. Its aluminum unibody comes in a large shade of blue for 500GB and 250GB ($129.99) versions, black for 1TB ($399.99) and 2TB ($799.99) models. Samsung’s 500GB and 1TB prices compare those of WD’s My Passport SSDADATA SD700, though Samsung says it can withstand drops of adult to 2 meters (6.6 feet). We forsaken a exam section several times onto both carpeted and wooden floors with no ill effect.

Formatted with exFAT for out-of-the-box use with any of a 3 upheld handling systems, a T5 was famous by a Windows laptop as a 465GB expostulate with 446GB free. Bundled module is on a petty side, with no backup application or collection for expostulate maintenance, checking dungeon wear, erasing a drive, or other functions that some competitors offer. All we get, in fact, is module to password-protect a T5 regulating 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

Double-click on a idol (“It is endorsed designation of module files to use Samsung Portable SSD cue protection”) and you’re stirred to enter a cue and, if we like, change a expostulate name that appears on a application screen. (The name that appears in File Explorer is “Samsung_T5.”)

Samsung Portable SSD T3 (500GB) setup

If we forget your password, you’ve bricked your drive; Samsung can reset a gadget, though takes no shortcoming for a information detriment that accompanies such a step. Flunk a cue test, and a usually essence of a T5 we see are a utilities it came with and a note that says, “This is a read-only partition.” Successfully enter your password, and we can entrance a settings shade where we can switch insurance off or change a password.

Samsung Portable SSD T3 (500GB) settings

That’s it as distant as a drive’s complexity goes—our exam section was a elementary and painless approach to suffer half a terabyte of additional storage, with speed that blew divided USB 3.0 outmost tough drives and a assent of mind of cue confidence to equivalent a fear of losing a device. Samsung backs a T5 with a three-year warranty.

Samsung Portable SSD T5 (500GB)


Introduction, Design, Features

2012 Editors' Choice Logo

What’s some-more considerable than pulling out your business label in a customer meeting? Pulling out a ton of files in a tool no bigger than a brief smoke-stack of business or credit cards. The Samsung Portable SSD T5 won’t utterly fit into your wallet, though it leaves copiousness of room in a pants or shirt slot (although you’ll need to tuck a foot-long USB wire into a slot too).

It’s a attractive expostulate that’s built to tarry drops and bumps and delivers rapid opening during a rival price. If we can means a reward over a unstable tough drive—$199.99 for a 500GB indication seen here—it’s a no-brainer.

Samsung Portable SSD T3 (500GB) with box

The T5 is a third era of Samsung’s tiny outmost SSD, following final year’s Portable SSD T3T1 (Samsung skips a even numbers). It combines a company’s latest V-NAND peep memory with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface for, Samsung says, send speeds adult to 540MB/sec review and 515MB/sec write.

Your mileage might vary, mostly given many PCs currently have USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, that are no faster than USB 3.0. (See a authority on USB 3.1 and USB-C.) Whichever form of USB pier your PC or Mac has, however, will work fine, given a T5 comes with both USB-C (drive) to USB-C (computer) and USB-C (drive) to USB-A (computer) cables. Also, Windows and macOS aren’t your usually handling complement choices: Downloadable module lets a T5 work with Android devices.

Samsung Portable SSD T3 (500GB) with cables

The Portable SSD T5 measures 0.41 by 2.26 by 2.91 inches and weighs 1.8 ounces. Its aluminum unibody comes in a large shade of blue for 500GB and 250GB ($129.99) versions, black for 1TB ($399.99) and 2TB ($799.99) models. Samsung’s 500GB and 1TB prices compare those of WD’s My Passport SSDADATA SD700, though Samsung says it can withstand drops of adult to 2 meters (6.6 feet). We forsaken a exam section several times onto both carpeted and wooden floors with no ill effect.

Formatted with exFAT for out-of-the-box use with any of a 3 upheld handling systems, a T5 was famous by a Windows laptop as a 465GB expostulate with 446GB free. Bundled module is on a petty side, with no backup application or collection for expostulate maintenance, checking dungeon wear, erasing a drive, or other functions that some competitors offer. All we get, in fact, is module to password-protect a T5 regulating 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

Double-click on a idol (“It is endorsed designation of module files to use Samsung Portable SSD cue protection”) and you’re stirred to enter a cue and, if we like, change a expostulate name that appears on a application screen. (The name that appears in File Explorer is “Samsung_T5.”)

Samsung Portable SSD T3 (500GB) setup

If we forget your password, you’ve bricked your drive; Samsung can reset a gadget, though takes no shortcoming for a information detriment that accompanies such a step. Flunk a cue test, and a usually essence of a T5 we see are a utilities it came with and a note that says, “This is a read-only partition.” Successfully enter your password, and we can entrance a settings shade where we can switch insurance off or change a password.

Samsung Portable SSD T3 (500GB) settings

That’s it as distant as a drive’s complexity goes—our exam section was a elementary and painless approach to suffer half a terabyte of additional storage, with speed that blew divided USB 3.0 outmost tough drives and a assent of mind of cue confidence to equivalent a fear of losing a device. Samsung backs a T5 with a three-year warranty.

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