Amazon usually sells the Samsung X5 1 TB Portable SSD these days for about $400, although it was sold in the past month for up to $446 and launched originally at $700. Fortunately, right now it’s down to just $349.99. It is its cheapest price to date, but the time this discount will last is not known exactly. At its lowest price, the 500 GB version is $199.99.
Portable SSDs were always attractive, because the hard drives are much slower and much more vulnerable, even big drives like Seagate Backup Plus Slim because of all the moveable parts. There are no moving parts of solid-state drives. Sadly, they are usually much more expensive too. Samsung’s T5 portable SSD lineup has been one of the most popular portable consumer SSDs around, and it still works a lot more than your typical portable hard disk.
The newest X5 SSDs have fitted with Thunderbolt 3 technology and NMve, which provide speed faster than T5 or other portable devices at internal SSDs, such as the 960 Pro. The read and write speeds are 2,800 Mbps and 2,300 Mbps. The read/write speeds of the T5 are only 540 Mbps, to take that into consideration. Outside, the X5 has a metal body and a slip-free mat at the bottom. It is shockproof and drop-proof up to 6.6 feet, although you might still wish to take a carrying case for an additional layer of protection when you buy. Protections are also in place to prevent overheating. You can also use the Samsung Portable SSD software to encrypt sensitive files and password-protect them.