We Test the Samsung T5 EVO Portable SSD: 8 TB of Storage in an Incredible External Drive

Computers & Laptops | December 8, 2023

We Test the Samsung T5 EVO Portable SSD: 8 TB of Storage in an Incredible External Drive

If Samsung excels in its mobile phones like the Galaxy S23 Ultra and the OLED panels it mounts on its own smartphones or on those of Apple, as far as storage units are concerned, it is one of the best companies on the planet. The new 8 TB T5 EVO from Samsung is simply the best example of this.

The new Samsung T5 EVO 8 TB that we have been able to test has just arrived. A storage unit with some simply impressive features. Of course, its 8 TB (7.27 TB actual in Windows) of storage stands out, offering unparalleled flexibility for making full backups of all internal hard drives in a PC or for those larger production formats for audiovisual professionals.

In addition to its enormous storage capacity, the read and write speeds go hand in hand, both reaching 460 Mb/s sequentially. Its transfer capacity makes it a high-performance SSD thanks to the use of a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port that allows data transfer up to 3.8 times faster than external hard drives.

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In our tests, the reading speed reaches 390 Mb/s from the Samsung T5 EVO unit to the root hard drive of the PC with a unit composed of a 1 TB Western Digital Black SN770 PCIe Gen4 NVMe. A 7 GB video file is transferred in just over 10 seconds to this unit mentioned at a rate of 390 Mb/s.

With these transfer speeds, combined with its 8 TB of storage, although it is actually 7.27 TB in Windows, it allows you to store more than 2 million photos of 3.5 MB, 1.8 million music files of 4 MB, or 3,500 videos of 2 gigabytes. A feat in performance for copying or storing files in the shortest time possible.

A sublime SSD in every way

We have had these sensations from the first moment with this SSD storage unit to make it clear the great flexibility it provides for storing files, cleaning up current drives, or simply having the best external hard drive for storing large files; in this case, professionals dedicated to video in all its fields will find a new travel companion with the Samsung T5 EEVO 8 TB.

All these capabilities for a very lightweight unit: 102 grams and with dimensions of 95 mm wide, 40 mm long, and 17 mm thick. There is another aspect that I liked when testing this unit: the feel thanks to the rubber used and the feeling of being very resistant in hand. In fact, it is a device with the ability to withstand falls from two meters as attested by Samsung.

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Its body is in black, and it has a titanium gray ring on one of its sides to give it a very elegant look. This ring allows it to be attached to a bag or any piece of luggage. It could be ideal if this ring had the possibility of opening to attach a Samsung SmartTag2 to be able to locate it at all times with this tracking device from the Korean tech giant.

There are two other aspects to keep in mind. Related to security, the Samsung T5 EVO 8 Terabytes has Dynamic Thermal Guard technology against overheating to keep the unit at a good temperature. In fact, it also includes Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit so that its content can be encrypted through the tool that Samsung has for Android, Windows, and Mac. Speaking of Android, there is an app that allows you to encrypt the content with a password to protect it.

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Finally, it is a storage unit that works for both PCs and mobiles with USB-C connection, just like other types of products. As long as they have that type of connection, the 8 TB of storage and its high transfer speed will be available to store all kinds of data.

Should I buy it?

It is a premium SSD storage unit at a price that for many users may be prohibitive, but its excellent performance is the best excuse to get one. What is meant is that it is a product that is perfectly valid for a normal user, but the one who will get the most out of it will be a professional dedicated to any field related to video or as it could be photography.

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That is, that demands a unit prepared to contain large format files with sizes that easily exceed tens of gigabytes or simply want to have a great backup for files that they have to pamper so as not to lose them.

We recommend its purchase, taking into account that its price starts at 209.99 euros for the 2 TB version; the 4 TB version costs 378.99 euros, and the 8 TB version costs 694.99 euros. In short, this Samsung T5 EVO 8 TB unit is a very special product at all levels, both for its design and its storage capacity, as well as its reading/writing speeds or its light weight or capacity for data encryption. A premium SSD unit for the most demanding users.

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