Samsung launches robust and compact Portable SSD T5 Evo

Samsung unveils the T5 Evo 2023, a compact, durable SSD designed for portable use, offering storage capacities of up to 8 TB at a notably lower price than the Samsung Portable SSD T9. However, while promising resilience and affordability, this comes at the expense of lower speed.

Samsung T5 Evo 2023 Portable SSD

Marketed as a budget-friendly and sturdier alternative to the Portable SSD T9 (approx. $350 for 4 TB on Amazon), the Samsung Portable SSD T5 Evo integrates V-NAND memory within a compact metal housing measuring 9.5 x 4 x 1.7 centimeters and weighing 102 grams. Its design is engineered to withstand falls from heights of up to 2 meters, thanks to its rubberized surface.

Featuring a metal loop on one side, this Samsung SSD facilitates attachment to bags or backpacks. Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard technology ensures temperature control even during prolonged usage, preventing performance degradation. The portable SSD is equipped with a single USB-C port, connecting to computers via USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbit/s). Officially compatible with Windows, macOS, and Android, the T5 Evo offers versatility in its usage.

In contrast to the Samsung T9, there are compromises in speed; the Portable SSD T5 Evo boasts write and read rates of 460 MB/s, considerably slower than the T9’s impressive 2,000 MB/s. Although it remains nearly four times faster than traditional external hard drives, transferring 8 TB of data using the top model would require close to five hours. It also has 256-bit AES encryption to keep your files safe and secure. Check the drive’s health and get firmware updates through the Samsung Magician software.

Samsung T5 Evo price and release date

Available for pre-order on Amazon.com and Bhphotovideo.com online stores, the Samsung SSD T5 Evo is set to release on November 21, 2023. The 2 TB variant carries a suggested retail price of $189.99, the 4 TB version is priced at $349.99, while the top-tier 8 TB model enters the market at $649.99.

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