Samsung Portable SSD T5 2 TB USB 3.1 External SSD £295 @ Amazon
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Samsung Portable SSD T5 2 TB USB 3.1 External SSD £295 @ Amazon

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Posted 8th Nov
Sub £300 for the first time?

One of the best portable SSDs on the market.
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Heat from me, seems an excellent deal.
Gone ahead and ordered, thank you OP!
Why is this cold? Is everyone ignoring the fact this is portable?
PsillyPseudonym09/11/2019 09:39

Why is this cold? Is everyone ignoring the fact this is portable?


True, though it still represents poor value for money when compared to buying a M2 SSD and a portable enclosure. Obviously if a purchaser needs the inbuilt security, or are reassured by buying as one Samsung unit, then this may be the better buy - but I suspect this is part of why it's cold, perhaps undeservedly.

EDIT: and, of course, as demonstrated 3 posts below, unfortunately also those people who think that if they don't need a portable SSD, nobody needs one.
Edited by: "Ashe" 9th Nov
Ashe09/11/2019 09:50

True, though it still represents poor value for money when compared to …True, though it still represents poor value for money when compared to buying a M2 SSD and a portable enclosure. Obviously if a purchaser needs the inbuilt security, or are reassured by buying as one Samsung unit, then this may be the better buy - but I suspect this is part of why it's cold, perhaps undeservedly.


I think a deal should be judged HOT or COLD based purely on "is it a good deal to buy if one was to buy it at a given time?". Not on (perceived) value or quality of the product. But that's just me.
CherryPickrr09/11/2019 10:19

I think a deal should be judged HOT or COLD based purely on "is it a good …I think a deal should be judged HOT or COLD based purely on "is it a good deal to buy if one was to buy it at a given time?". Not on (perceived) value or quality of the product. But that's just me.


I think it should be based on a mix of factors. Otherwise we're saying any hunk of junk at 25% off normal price should be judged hot, and that would be nonsensical.
Edited by: "Ashe" 9th Nov
PsillyPseudonym09/11/2019 09:39

Why is this cold? Is everyone ignoring the fact this is portable?


I think we SHOULD ignore the fact it is portable as a portable SSD makes little sense in most cases as the performance of the SSD (especially faster M.2 type) is going to be blunted by going through a USB interface and most of the tasks that benefit the most from an SSD in the first place like booting Windows playing games and loading software aren't things you can or would do via an external drive. Sure you can copy files to/from it a bit faster than a HDD (whoopee do ) but in how many cases does it really matter all that much if your files take a few more minutes to transfer? In most cases it's an activity you just leave the PC to get on with, it's not like it is actually taking up your time in the same way waiting for Windows to boot and software and games to load does.

These Samsung portable drives are terrible value even on offer IME. To put this in context there was a deal on a Micron 2TB internal SSD (SATA not m.2) the other day for under £140, less than half the price of this and about a million times more useful IMHO....
Edited by: "ST3123" 9th Nov
ST312309/11/2019 11:23

I think we SHOULD ignore the fact it is portable as a portable SSD makes …I think we SHOULD ignore the fact it is portable as a portable SSD makes little sense in most cases as the performance of the SSD (especially faster M.2 type) is going to be blunted by going through a USB interface and most of the tasks that benefit the most from an SSD in the first place like booting Windows playing games and loading software aren't things you can or would do via an external drive. Sure you can copy files to/from it a bit faster than a HDD (whoopee do ) but in how many cases does it really matter all that much if your files take a few more minutes to transfer? In most cases it's an activity you just leave the PC to get on with, it's not like it is actually taking up your time in the same way waiting for Windows to boot and software and games to load does. These Samsung portable drives are terrible value even on offer IME. To put this in context there was a deal on a Micron 2TB internal SSD (SATA not m.2) the other day for under £140, less than half the price of this and about a million times more useful IMHO....


You could also say the same about boot times on your computer, loading software or playing games, a few seconds faster won't make much difference. It depends on how you intend to use the drive.

If you are transferring large volumes of files frequently then you can be talking about a lot of time saved using ssd.

Also ssd is far more shock and impact resistant making it an excellent choice for a portable hard drive, not to mention the size difference and the ability to power this from your phone meaning you can keep your complete media library in your pocket.
ST312309/11/2019 11:23

I think we SHOULD ignore the fact it is portable as a portable SSD makes …I think we SHOULD ignore the fact it is portable as a portable SSD makes little sense in most cases as the performance of the SSD (especially faster M.2 type) is going to be blunted by going through a USB interface and most of the tasks that benefit the most from an SSD in the first place like booting Windows playing games and loading software aren't things you can or would do via an external drive. Sure you can copy files to/from it a bit faster than a HDD (whoopee do ) but in how many cases does it really matter all that much if your files take a few more minutes to transfer? In most cases it's an activity you just leave the PC to get on with, it's not like it is actually taking up your time in the same way waiting for Windows to boot and software and games to load does. These Samsung portable drives are terrible value even on offer IME. To put this in context there was a deal on a Micron 2TB internal SSD (SATA not m.2) the other day for under £140, less than half the price of this and about a million times more useful IMHO....


Not entirely sure where to start with this. If I have an appropriate use for a portable SSD (e.g. video editing with large 4K video files), pretty sure the fact you don't have a use for one shouldn't be justification to criticise them.
Edited by: "Ashe" 9th Nov
Ashe09/11/2019 11:54

Not entirely sure where to start with this. If I have an appropriate use …Not entirely sure where to start with this. If I have an appropriate use for a portable SSD (e.g. video editing with large 4K video files), pretty sure the fact you don't have a use for one shouldn't be justification to criticise them.


But wouldn't that go even faster on an m.2 drive inside your computer, which would probably be cheaper too if space is a worry just have a big regular external HDD to back up to when your videos done. More space overall and almost guaranteed to be cheaper.

It's just to me (and I'm sure I'm not alone here) externals are primarily a place to archive and backup data so speed is less critical unless you are going to sit and watch the Windows progress bar.

I guess if your primarily computer is a laptop it may make more sense if you can't fit an m.2 drive, but even so the price premium just for having an external SSD is ridiculous. If you must have an external still probably better buying a SSD and a case separately and making your own external SSD....
ST312309/11/2019 12:33

It's just to me (and I'm sure I'm not alone here) externals are primarily …It's just to me (and I'm sure I'm not alone here) externals are primarily a place to archive and backup data so speed is less critical unless you are going to sit and watch the Windows progress bar.


Yes, but if I don't have a need for a fast external, I'm not going to vote a deal cold just on the fact I don't need it.
ST312309/11/2019 12:33

If you must have an external still probably better buying a SSD and a case …If you must have an external still probably better buying a SSD and a case separately and making your own external SSD....


And I said that myself earlier, with the notable caveat that this would offer better security with dedicated Samsung security software. But I'm not going to vote a portable SSD cold just because I think I don't want a portable SSD myself.
Ashe09/11/2019 12:42

Yes, but if I don't have a need for a fast external, I'm not going to vote …Yes, but if I don't have a need for a fast external, I'm not going to vote a deal cold just on the fact I don't need it.And I said that myself earlier, with the notable caveat that this would offer better security with dedicated Samsung security software. But I'm not going to vote a portable SSD cold just because I think I don't want a portable SSD myself.


I vote on price. If this was even close to being competitive with the cost of an internal, I'd vote it hot all day long despite most ppl being better off with an internal and having no desire to buy it myself, but it isn't. The markup is unreasonably large for the convenience of portability, which I think is kind of shown by the deal temp.

An internal plus external case would be a good £100 cheaper and give 95% of the functionality (I'm giving 5% for that security software but I'm sure there are non-Samsung alternatives)...
ST312309/11/2019 13:57

I vote on price. If this was even close to being competitive with the cost …I vote on price. If this was even close to being competitive with the cost of an internal, I'd vote it hot all day long despite most ppl being better off with an internal and having no desire to buy it myself, but it isn't. The markup is unreasonably large for the convenience of portability, which I think is kind of shown by the deal temp. An internal plus external case would be a good £100 cheaper and give 95% of the functionality (I'm giving 5% for that security software but I'm sure there are non-Samsung alternatives)...


To an extent I agree, though that's a fair way from your first sentence in this thread - "I think we SHOULD ignore the fact it is portable as a portable SSD makes little sense in most cases".
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