The range of Samsung SSDs (solid state drives) that the company puts out are amongst the best money can buy. Highly sought after, here we've put together a list of the top Samsung SSDs, from the entry-level, fast and reliable Samsung Portable T5, through to it's faster, interactive T7 Touch, and finally the high end Samsung X5.
Samsung's SSDs feature regularly in our round up of the best external hard drives – and for good reason. Whether you need to store and transfer a lifetime's worth of photos, hefty 4K film files, a creative project – or all of the above – Samsung SSDs provide lightning fast read and write speeds, while being hand-palm-small, and lighter than traditional hard drives. Here are the best Samsung SSDs available now, at the lowest prices.
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The Samsung T5 SSD is a great performing storage device, reaching speeds of up to 550 MB/sec, making the most of its USB 3.1 connection. It plugs directly into PCs and Macs with either a newer USB-C port or USB-A, is slightly larger than a matchbox and being a flash storage device, contains no moving parts, so can survive being dropped (though we wouldn't advise it).
External SSDs may cost considerably more than hard disks, but the extra money means faster speeds of data transfer. You’ll be able to easily load edit and save 4K video directly on the T5 (which would otherwise be very slow with a USB hard disk), you can install applications onto it, or even run an entire alternative operating system off it at full speed, if you’re so inclined.
The only downside is the pricing. SSDs give you less capacity for more money, so we don’t recommend the T5 for basic backup. It’s better to have a bigger hard disk for that and use the T5 in more specialised situations that need all that lovely performance.
Samsung's T7 is the latest SSD to be released by the tech company, and it's a beautiful piece of technology. Coming in two versions, with or without the fingerprint reader, the T7 looks similar to the T5 in design, but is a little bit bigger and weightier – though we must note that it's still a tiny 85 x 57 x 8mm and 58g, so it's still small and extremely portable.
Under its sleek, solid aluminium body is where you'll see the main difference between the T7 and T5. Instead of the SATA-based SSD in the T5, we get an NVMe SSD behind the USB 3.2 Gen 2 bridge. This gives it a great performance, and it can achieve read/write speeds of up to 1.05GBps (about twice as fast as the T5). With the fingerprint unlock security, this is a brilliant, secure option for the professional on the go.
If you're looking for the absolute fastest solid state drive, this is the best SSD that Samsung makes. Weightier than the other two options at 150g, the pebble-shaped SSD is built to perform, with its magnesium body incorporating an internal heat sink so it doesn't overheat, and for those with butter fingers, it can withstand a 2m drop.
With its Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, the Samsung X5's read/write speeds are an insanely quick 2.8GBps and 2.3GBps – that's incredibly fast! And for those that want your files secure at all times, the X5 has an optional password protection, based on AES 256-bit Encryption. Coming with a three-year warranty, this is the option for the professional that wants a lot from their hard drive.
What's the difference between a SSD and a HDD?
There are two types of external hard drive: hard disk drives (HDDs, also known as mechanical or traditional hard drives) and solid state drives (SSDs) – such as these Samsung hard drives. All SSDs are faster, lighter and less power-hungry than HDD drives, which will be cheaper but also slower. HDDs are also good for storing lots of data as they often have a high capacity.
If you want to store huge amounts of data while keeping prices low, a HDD is the way to go – such as the ever-popular WD My Passport. But if speed is your top priority, then choose an SSD. Or, you can always use a smaller SSD for files that you need to access or move around often, and then store the other data that you use less often on a higher capacity HDD.