I've reviewed the earlier version of Samsung's T-series SSD drive, but today, they've announced a new version with better performance across the board. Up from 450 MB/s, the Portable SSD T5 now offers up to 540 MB/s read and 515 MB/s write speeds. It also comes in new colors. The 250 GB and 500 GB sizes will come in Alluring Blue while Deep Black will be reserved for the 1 TB and 2 TB capacities.
The Samsung T5 is amongst the most portable of SSDs available for the consumer market. It offers USB-C connections and comes with both USB-C-to-C and USB-C-to-A cables. The T5 is also even slightly smaller than its predecessor, the T3, and weighs about the same. It also features AES 256-bit encryption and comes with a healthy three-year warranty.
The T-series portable SSDs from Samsung are some of my favorite portable drives for their size and weight, or lack thereof. The price difference between these drives and other traditionally-sized 2.5-inch external SSDs is minimal for those who travel a lot and need to keep their gear bags light. Having one or two of these for live work on the road is a great solution when you don't have your desktop-class RAID system with you.
The T5 is available for pre-order in 250 GB through 2 TB capacities from $129.99 to $797.99 and will ship today from B&H.