Wednesday, 13 September 2017

All about Samsung's new portable SSDs

"Technology is growing smaller and bigger at the same time"

Hi there fellow techie and gadget lover, been a long time. Thank you for your many emails and queries, we appreciate. Been busy with work (Narcet Hub) and studies. Okay, that aside, damn! Tech advancement is waiting for no one. Samsung Electronics, an information technology company among the world's top measured by revenues and market value keeps moving despite failures and falls. They can't afford to stop having around tech giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft, IBM among others. Daily innovation is key and the mind is set on "smaller and bigger" gadgets -- smaller in size but bigger in capacity. Today we look into Samsung's new SSD (Solid State Drive) portable hard drives...

Samsung's portable SSDs are hitting the tech market seriously with upper cuts as other brands are coming up. Many Samsung Electronics fan are loving it and many more new fans of SSDs are joining in. For me the new crop of smaller in size and bigger in capacity drives are my new love, SSDs don't need to house a spinning platter thus making it a whole lot smaller and easier to slip into a small pocket. I had called the USB 'On-The-Go' cables some months ago as having a cloud of their own to carry around, now for 3/4 the size of a business card and 30 - 51 grams in weight the Samsung SSDs are the apt tech on having a cloud of your own.
The Samsung T1 portable ssd has a simple, remarkable and outstanding architecture and by the way 30 grams is equal to two tablespoons of flour. That great design has gone through from the T1, T2, T3 and the T5. The T5 weighs 51 grams and adopts the form factor of the T3 (and the T1) and swaps the connector for a 10Gbps USB 3.1

The latest T5 is a spectacular piece of storage hardware and an undeniable success from Samsung but its price is crazy just same to how crazy the prices of it's phones are here in Kenya. Lets talk about its hardware, specs and software (security)...

Hardware and Specifications

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 corrects the T3's most glaring omission by including a USB-C cable, the Type-C Gen 2 model, delivers twice the maximum theoretical transfer rate of its predecessors which Samsung claims its up to 540MBps via USB 3.0. Such speed is due to the newest Samsung's 64-layer 3D V-NAND memory technology feature which started with the T1. The T1 has a plastic chassis but the T3 and T5 chassis are metallic ensuring that the chips inside are properly cooled for great performance and a shock resistance of about 6.6 feet (2 meters) drop. In addition, the T3 and T5 have integrated Thermal Guard feature that prevents overheating in extreme temperatures.

According to capacity and colours, all the SSDs are available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB and 1TB but the T3 and T5 have 2TB drives. The 1TB and 2TB versions have a monochromatic black finish, while the 250GB and 500GB capacities are blue.

The big improvement comes from the 64-layer 3D V-NAND Triple Level Cell flash memory used in all Samsung SSD drives, as well as the updated firmware and the support for TRIM via the UASP (USB attached SCSI) protocol.

It won’t work on the default exFAT file system which will enable you to use on all three operating systems (Android, Windows, Mac) out of the box though you can also format the drive to NTFS to improve performance when transferring small files.


Security nowadays is of utmost importance and is in everyone's mind before purchasing anything used to hold important/personal documents. Samsung guarantees that with all its portable SSD drives.

 The Security software is relatively sparse. The drive includes the Samsung Portable SSD security software utility, which activates and manages the drive's built-in AES 256-bit encryption via password. The encryption software works on Android tablets and phones, Macs, and Windows PCs.

Apart from Samsung SSD drives, there are other companies with their own portable SSD drives for you to choose from. We'll get to see them soon so that you are spoilt for choice and not stuck with the awesome but very expensive Samsung SSDs to choose from. Don't forget to submit you email addresses below and also liking the article and our Facebook Page.


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