This might be the fastest portable SSD that plugs in over USB and it also happens to be tiny, it's the T5 portable SSD, it's brand new, it just came out. This is a great option for people who need a fast scratch disk for video editing. It does get expensive, but this one is probably the value point. You have very small portable SSD that you can take around with you and plug into your phone.
We get a new design, we also get a faster second-generation USB 3.1 port and faster V NAND flash, so this can now transfer speeds up to 540 MB/s.
We get a new design that's all-metal instead of a combination of plastic and metal. You have the national logo on the front and the Samsung T5 portable SSD logo on the back, you have the barcode and the sides on the bottom and on the top, you have the type C port.
It's pretty minimalist device, it does look pretty stylish, it does fit in your pocket if you want to and it obviously does come with that book as said type A to type C and type C to type-c cable.
The overall design really hasn't changed that much, it's about the same size which is very compact, it's much smaller than an iPhone for example, so it makes it a great traveling companion that you can just stick in your pocket or stick in a backpack pocket and don't have to worry about damaging it because again it's an SSD so it has pretty good shock protection so you're not going to lose your data from impacts. The blue color is really beautiful but the space gray is a pretty good option, and if you want the black color, you have to go for the higher capacities, they are 1TB and 2TB. The lower capacities come in blue.
This is a metal design, so it should be pretty durable. They even have shattered edges along the side to give it a little of a more premium look. When you connect this to a computer, it does have an LED status light which is invisible until it's light.
The T5 SSD drive is available in four capacities with very similar pricing to the T3 SSD drive that it's replacing. We have 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB of storage. They do get quite expensive.
At 250GB that starts you off at a fairly reasonable $129, 500GB is $200, 1TB is almost $400 and 2TB is almost $800. However, if you're a Mac Pro user, you know that storage gets a lot more expensive than that if you want to build it in.
In the package, including a little bit of paperwork, a couple of cables, this one is C to C and then a type C to a classic USB if your laptop is rocking the old-school connector. If you have a MacBook Pro or the latest MacBook, you're going to be using the straight 2 USB-C cable but for older devices, you still can use USB-A.
Thanks to that type C port, you actually get USB at 3.1 Gen 2 speeds which means that when we take a look at the benchmark results in a second, you'll notice a decent improvement overall in terms of the speeds meaning that this is basically at the same speed as a standard SATA SSD and of course in terms of the pricing for us.
When it comes to performance, you should see a read and write speed of about 540/515, that's a fairly modest gain over the T3 which has a read/write speed of about 450. It's not a huge gain.
We have done some tests for the speed of the T5 SSD drive for read and write. It's close getting 478 over the write speed now, the read speed 510, it's really awesome.
Let's take a look at the benchmark results, we did a test of copying multiple video files that largely fails to the device itself. It is running about 470 to 480 MB/s on both reads and write and it's fairly consistent through the whole range looking across the disk mark.
If you are running on USB 3.1 Gen 2 older connection, you're still actually going to be getting 190 MB/s in a real world copy test. It's pretty impressive.
In terms of comparing it to a SATA SSD, it's obviously considerably smaller, it doesn't need SATA power or data you just use your USB type-c connection and you can plug it in to your mobile device as well they have a whole load of that Android phones that come as a pre listed and pretty available to use with this.The last test is copying to the drive, there are some video files of about 30GB, it takes about a minute to transfer files from the local drive to the SSD. How convenient is that!
We're around 500 MB/s on both and that's for a 5GB file. This drive has enough speed to write and read for to HQ ProRes in 4k at 30 frames and if we travel along this little grid it can even do cinema DNG RAW. You could edit 4k raw footage on this little drive.
You might not throw out the T3 and get to the T5 if you already have one especially at these prices, but it's welcome to have faster speeds if you're buying it for the first time and of course the biggest consideration is whether you have a device with USB 3.1 Gen 2, otherwise you can't go above 450 MB/s. The speed is up to 540 MB/s transfer speed using USB 3.1 Gen 2, also a shock resistant structure. The T5 SSD is tiny, that's it, all you need on this thing is a single USB-C port.
What's cool about that is it doesn't just hook up to Windows or Mac but also Android. It's compatible with a wide variety of devices. The Galaxy S8 has a type-C connector, so now the media, movies, music whatever is not only available to your laptop but available to your phone as well.
When it comes to the scoring, this is actually really impressive. We are going to go with the 4.5 for performance, 5.0 for functionality, it's pretty awesome pretty stylish, and it's going to get a 5.0 as well and the total touching movie score, it's going to be a 5.0 as well.
6. Sum up
Although the T5 once again that is a very expensive portable SSD, it's still the best for people who really need those speeds.
Do you need the T5? is it for you? You probably already know that if you're moving around large amounts of data, you can see a huge advantage in having a drive like this, you can save a ton of time, it's also so compact but of course, no moving parts because it is an SSD.The T5 is gonna be popular mostly for multimedia individuals, it can be useful around the office. There is no faster way to move large amounts of data around without some sort of network setup or something like that, with the T5, you could just quickly pass some footage over to someone and as you already know, you can put a 30GB file from the local drive to the SSD in under a minute.