Samsung Portable SSD T5 Review (500GB/2TB) – The Industry Standard


We elected to test the Samsung Portable SSD T5 against the Glyph AtomRAID, ADATA SE730, as well as testing the T5 with both the Type C and type A cables.  For our tests, we compare video, music, picture and OS files in batches of 15GB and move them from one spot to another on the drive itself.

Real Life Testing

Let’s get the elephant in the room cleared away first.  The Glyph Atom RAID external SSD is still top of its class for speed, hitting top speeds of over 800MB/s and I am not sure anything else in the industry touches it.  Next fastest is the T5 with the Type-C cable followed by the Type-A cable, T3 and then the ADATA SE730.  These tests most definitely validate Samsung’s claims that their newest T5 is a step up from, not only their T3 but also, other similar industry portable SSDs.


Capable of disk transfer speeds faster than the listed 540MB/s with capacities up to 2TB and weighing only 51 grams, the Samsung Portable SSD T5 is without a doubt the most compact and speedy storage medium available today.  Tucked away beneath the hard aluminum unibody case lies Samsung’ latest 64-Layer V-NAND memory and perhaps sooner than later, we will see capacities increase in the next version, without increasing the footprint of the drive.  Samsung will weigh the demand of such, as they have always done before bringing a product to market.

Samsung Portable SSD T5

Without taking anything whatsoever away from the T5, I am left wanting and it is the fault of the Glyph Atom RAID external SSD that pushes disk transfer speeds above 850MB/s.  Don’t get me wrong; the Glyph is a ballistic plate compared to the T5 weighing in at over a pound and you won’t be simply tossing that in your pocket anytime soon.  Similarly, Samsung could never create such a similar RAID version of the T5 without a size increase and definite heat concerns… or could they?  

Samsung Portable SSD T5 2TB

Simply put, the Samsung Portable SSD T5 sets an industry standard for others to follow.  Pricing is right there for the T5, a three year warranty, security software that is a snap to set up, performance that simply cannot be beat in a medium of this size, and a device so compact that it fits in the palm of your hand and can be thrown in your pocket.  The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is a step forward in today’s storage realm.

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User Rating: 2.97 ( 8 votes)


  1. 3 year warranty only???? forget it! a minimum of 5 years, prefer 10 years for the price.

  2. I am disappointed because you did not show us what is inside. You did show us what is inside T3.

    AnandTech did disassemble theirs, took pictures.

  3. Can Samsung Portable SSD T5 be used to boot Mac and work from it all-day-long?

  4. Could you please do a teardown of Samsung Portable SSD T5? Thanks.

      • Thanks for the reply. I asked because nobody has done it yet on Internet. That could bring traffic to your web site. Just a suggestion for your consideration.

        On the other hand, my original post above is the most recent on this thread, yet it does not show on top. I am using Safari on Mac latest versions on Sierra.

  5. Felipe van der Donckt

    Hey i got one encrypted and lost the password, is there any way to erase it in order for it to be usable again?

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