Samsung Portable SSD T5 EVO review: big capacity, compromised speed

The world’s largest portable SSD boasts 8TB capacity but lacks any serious transfer speeds

Samsung T5 EVO SSD on a wooden desk
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The T5 Evo is a fairly solid, middle-of-the-range, SSD that performs adequately enough. The fact that it comes in 3 different sizes gives consumers the flexibility to choose which one is right for them. The operating temperature has a great range so you’ll have no problems there but the read/write speed lets this device down with only 460 MB/sec possible. If you want faster speeds then there are better options out there but if you’re not too concerned then the T5 Evo will be fine.


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    Good amount of storage


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    Faster transfer speeds available elsewhere

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The T5 EVO is Samsung’s latest offering which aims to deliver a large amount of storage at a reasonable price. It has certainly managed to do this with the help of enhanced V-NAND technology pushing the storage up to 8GB. This makes it the world’s largest portable SSD to boast 8TB capacity, surpassing the largest capacity HDDs with 2.5” form factors. 

Samsung T5 EVO: Specifications

Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
Capacity: 2TB, 4TB, 8TB
Performance: Sequential Read Up to 460 MB/sec. Write Up to 460 MB/sec
Drop rating: Up to 2m
Security: AES 256-bit hardware encryption
Operating temperature: 0°C to 60°C
Non-operating temperature: -40°C to 85°C
Weight: 102 g
Size: 40 x 95 x 17mm

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Paul Hatton
Freelance tech writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.