Samsung Portable SSD T5 500GB Review

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Today we have the Samsung Portable SSD T5 500GB Review If you’re seeking a fast external drive, with a sleek appearance, and packed with cutting-edge tech, then this is it. Oh and we’ve yet to mention the best feature that some seek, its tiny (by comparison to a regular external)

At the time of review, the higher end models are a bit pricey, but this is a Samsung product, we’ve always found the extra money involved is a well worth it, for the support, bundles and performance. Does the T3 warrant its asking price?

Which on the day of review for the 500GB model is £189.95/$ 197 99 . Also consider the 1 or 2TB models



 [Specification & Features]

Expand To Read Features
  • Compatible with USB 3.1 Gen2 (10Gbps), backwards compatible
  • Transfer Speed
    • Up to 540 MB/sec.

    74 x 57.3 x 10.5 mm

  • WEIGHT1)



    Up to 540 MB/sec.




    AES 256-bit hardware encryption


    Password setting (Optional)


    CE, BSMI, KC, VCCI, C-tick, FCC, IC, UL, TUV, CB, EAC




    Limited 3-year

Courtesy of SAMSUNG. Read more 

[A Closer Look]

The drive is a minimalistic design, as they should be. Capacity and colours do correlate, with our test sample featuring a midnight blue and the larger models retailing in all black. Theirs little to be found, other than capacity indicater on one edge, and USB type C connection on the opposite. I personally have  many external disks across multiple machines here at home, and this is refreshing, a truly pocket-friendly solution

Smaller than the average business card,
weighing just 51 grams, and only 10.5 mm thick. The compact,
light and slim T5 is the perfect portable storage.


[Test Setup and Results]


Proudly Powered by our Dimastech Mini V1.0 Test Bench


Intel® i5 4670K

Memory:Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz 8GB
Motherboard:MSI Z97 GAMING 7
Video Card: MSI Radeon 270X Gaming
PSU:CoolerMaster  v750
Hard Drives:
OS:Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

We would like to thank or sponsors for their support with our test systemKingston,Dismatech,Cooler Master,Noctua and MSI


As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage


With ATTO, we’re able to see the bigger picture as it works with multiple files sizes from small to large. In the real world, this shows how a product would handle copying a range of sizes, and different files types.

A quick note before testing, the T5 makes use of a new controller, and you’ll need a gen2 and USAP enabled motherboard or add-in card to reap the maximise speed potential here

Note the limitation when using anything less than gen two port, in particular, the writing speed (left)takes a real hit. When running at max potential the drive delivers very consistent and blistering quick results


CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software. It measures sequential reads/writes speed, measure random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32) reads/writes speed, select test data (Random, 0Fill, 1Fill), provide theme support and Multi-Language support

Download for free


As I explain in every storage review. It’s beneficial to understand what any up-to claim, on the box means in the real world. It is where the confusion usually stems from, with products of this nature. Some users feel misled and often annoyed, that the product won’t operate and speed X, under scenario Y.

We have a target of 540 MB/s


Those fortunate enough to have a USB type C port can reap the rewards of hassle-free cabling, those who don’t are welcome to use the drive, do remember USB is backwards compatible.

[AS SSD Benchmark]


Results speak for themselves, and as said above don’t get hung up on specifics from one single test.

Take a look at the subtest for example with a generic USB 3.0 1TB 3.5 slab of a hard drive and the abysmal speeds it achieves, and the T5 on the right.

Real world approach?. Do benchmarks even matter, when you’re not ever likely to run an OS from it? Well yes and no…its complicated and open to debate, so we treat the product your way you will, we copied a large 8Gb (ish) folder with mixed file types and noted the speed. The source is Kingston predator with the potential of almost 2Gb/s so that no bottleneck can exist. It’s hardly the most methodical test around but its real regardless

See the results in our mini video review below



[Conclusion [TL:DR]

So then it’s time to wrap up and deliver a verdict. It’s a short and easy conclusion here; the drive is more expensive than you might be comfortable with, if you actually glance over similar offerings on google. The simple fact is, they won’t be as fast… and for some that matter a lot. It depends on your needs, if you are the type of user that wants to backup a batch of files and stick this a shelf then maybe it’s not.

Those of that transfer multiple files types to a backup device often, will surely appreciate the powerhouse of wizardry that’s under the hood here, and can justify and understand the higher price tag. Not a single negative or concerns to mention. A small, and speedy solution.

We would like to thank SAMSUNG l for providing the review sample and look forward to seeing more from them shortly.


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