As storage devices are shrinking in size physically and becoming less expensive, these devices are quickly emerging to be a necessity for portable storage needs. Now, people can quickly share large data while doing business travels, professional, or even personal needs.

However, due to becoming much cheaper, various companies are coming out with their own brands out of the blue. Some are good and some you’d wish to never have stumbled upon. To help our audience make decisions regarding the purchase of portable storage devices, we have done our research and written a review on a product that we think is worth looking into.

SAMSUNG T5 Portable SSD 1TB, with over 6800+ reviews and 89% of them being 5-stars, this device is really a great option for portable storage needs. It’s fast, compact, lightweight, and on top of that, it comes with dedicated software for data encryption. Read through our full review to see if the T5 SSD is worth your money. You can also look at our review on the Dell XPS 15.


The T5 Portable SSD is a really great example of how portable storage should be made. At first glance, people unaware of such devices would not be able to tell what it is. And that’s because of how small this thing is.

Measuring in on 2.91” width, 2.26” height, and just 0.41” depth, making this product extremely carriable. It also weighs just 1.80oz. You won’t even notice if it’s in the pocket.

The color scheme is a bit unusual. With the base variant, only the blue color is available. The 500GB offers blue, red and gold. 1TB option offers black, red, and gold. And lastly, the 2TB variant comes in only in black color. Nevertheless, all colors look really sleek and elegant. You won’t feel doubtful about showing it to friends or colleagues. The shape is very rectangular with curved sides, giving it a more premium look. This thing feels more like a bulky version of a credit card rather than a storage device.

Regarding texture, it doesn’t have any uniquely noticeable patterns. The surface is very smooth and mostly empty with just the Samsung branding on it. One feature that we really like is that this product comes with a light indicator. This will light up while transferring data.

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Being an SSD-based storage system, this device has virtually no moving parts. Samsung has taken advantage of it and has put a metal body for more added protection. This device can handle drops of up to 2 meters.

Solid states are by default quite durable, but the added casing should be significantly better. Rest assured, this device won’t break if you drop your bag on a hard surface or even put it in a bag full of other objects.

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The T5 is available in 4 sizes, starting from 250GB to 2TB. This isn’t compatible with the default exFAT system; therefore, you will require to format it to NTFS. It should also improve the transferring speed for small files. This device supports Android, Windows, and mac OS. This iteration of the device also comes with the updated 64-layer 3D V-NAND Triple level cell memory.

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Unlike a few other portable storage devices, the T5 comes with its dedicated management software. It is used for setting a password on the data stored. It uses 256-bit AES hardware encryption, which is very strong and secure. This password protection is really useful for business as well as for corporations dealing with confidential data.

The software is compatible with older devices to a fairly decent extend. For windows the minimum requirement is to have windows 7, mac os x 10.9 or higher is required, and for android, the support goes back to android 4.4 KitKat. Normally people don’t use these older systems, but it is a really great example of software support.

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The performance is great, as expected. Samsung claims max. 540MB/s read speed and max. 520MB/s write speed. In real testing, the actual numbers were close. The read speed got above 500MB/s and over 450MB/s read speed. Having a USB 3.1 was definitely a plus, in fact, it is the standard for high-speed data transfer.

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What’s in the box?

You will receive the storage device of your desired specification, a Type C-to-C cable and Type C-to-A cable, along with a quick start guide. It is a really wise decision of Samsung to include both cables instead of one. Some companies will send just one cable and you will need to pay for the additional ones.


  • Very Compact
  • Excellent speed
  • Easy to use software
  • Includes Type C-to-C and C-to-A by default
  • 3 years warranty


  • Fairly expensive
  • Colors are limited based on storage unit
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Final Thoughts

The Samsung T5 is overall a great storage unit for all types of professional use. It is easily carriable and offers excellent performance. This product is often recommended by higher status content creators, and judging the quality of the product, it definitely deserves the reputation. If you are in the market for buying portable storage devices then consider looking into the T5 and make your judgment.

Eva Filgueira

Eva Filgueira is a fairly new staff writer here at Doorbell Gears, but her contribution has been very significant. She has a degree in origami design and is a very fun-loving person in nature. Her passion for learning new things has led her to this role for writing on our Hobby & Craft category. Eva loves to discover new products that help people learn new things and gives a positive vibe. She does in-depth research on each product and tries to pick the ones that aid in self-improvement and peace of mind. Also, quality and price is a concern for her, as she tries to provide the best product for the money.

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