We continuously hear about terms like “96-layer” and “V-NAND” for flash storage tech, but what does that mean for genuine products? Samsung has given us a solid answer with its most recent portable SSD drive, the T5. It utilizes cutting edge 64-layer V-NAND and USB 3.1 gen 2 tech to produce great 540 MB/s transfer speeds, expecting your host PC can deal with it. That is about as quick an external device of any sort that you can discover at this moment.

Those great speeds should give you a chance to edit RAW 4K video, for example. Over that, Samsung is putting forth the T5 with some truly impressive capacities: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. While it won’t hold as much information as mechanical drives, the 540 MB/s speed is almost five times as high, and you’ll likewise experience signs of improved durability, dependability and roughness than a hard drive.

Likewise, the T5 is only 3.0 x 2.3 x 0.4 inches high, weighs 51 grams (1.8 ounces), supports 256-bits hardware encryption and accompanies a phone application. Samsung has even tossed in a few cables, a USB-C to C and USB-C to A, making it simple to connect with pretty much any gadget. (You’ll require a PC with USB 3.1 gen 2 tech, capable for up to 10Tbps to get the full 540 Mb/s data rate, Samsung says – and, after its all said and done, you’ll presumably observe speeds underneath that.)

The tough part, obviously, is the price tag. The T5 is not aimed at the backup crowd (unless they have to do it truly fast), but instead multi media customers who require high managed throughput speeds. All things considered, the 250GB T5 runs $130, more than you’d pay for a 3TB convenient mechanical disk on Amazon. The 1TB model runs $400, while the top of the line 2TB models is $800 – no less than six times the cost of an equivalent mechanical model.

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