The Samsung portable T5 SSDs have been a popular choice thanks to their metal build, small size and fast transfer & write speeds using USB 3.1 Gen 2. Today, Samsung has released another portable SSD drive with the X5 that uses Thunderbolt 3 and an NVMe drive.
The combination of the NVMe drive & Thunderbolt 3 allows for sequential reads of up to 2,800 MB/s & sequential writes up to 2,300 MB/s. Making it a great option when you are in the field or need to work off-site at a color grading or editing suite.
To put this speed into perspective, Samsung claims you can transfer a 20GB 4K UHD video file to your Thunderbolt 3 equipped PC or Mac in just 12 seconds! Of course, this is dependent on the specs of the system but that is pretty quick.
The X5 has a unique shape, with plenty of curves. Apparently, it was inspired by a supercar with a glossy top and a matte, non-slip bottom. It has a heat sink to stay cool and can withstand drops from 2m.
The X5 weighs 150g and measures 119 x 62 x 19.7 mm
The X5 will be available from September in capacities of 500GB ($399.99 USD), 1TB ($699.99 USD) & 2TB ($1,399.99 USD).