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Samsung Portable SSD T5 2TB Review

Rating: 8.5.

Since the first Samsung Portable SSD, the T1 hit the shelves in 2015 every subsequent launch of the T series has seen the latest evolution of Samsung’s TLC V-NAND being used inside them, 48-layer in the T3 and now with the 3rd generation drive, the Portable SSD T5, Samsung’s latest 64-layer TLC V-NAND.

The new T5 is available in four capacities; 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and the flagship 2TB which is the version Samsung supplied for this review. The drive uses an USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Type C interface and supports UASP (USB-attached SCSI Protocol).

Samsung quote Sequential transfer rates for the 2TB drive as up to 540MB/s for reads and up to 515MB/s for writes. These figures are the same across all the T5 range.

The drive supports hardware-accelerated AES-256 encryption and Samsung back the drive with a 3-year limited warranty.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB.
NAND Components: Samsung 64-layer 3-bit TLC V-NAND.
Interface: USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C.
Form Factor: External.
NAND Controller: Samsung MGX.
Dimensions: 57.3 x 74  x 10.5mm.
Drive Weight: 51g.

Firmware Version: MVT41P1Q

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