Samsung’s X5 SSD in 500GB capacity is down to a new all-time low price at Amazon at $247.99. The X5 has only been on the market for a few months, but this super-fast storage device has been selling for $300 in since November before dropping to $250 earlier this month. Today’s drop marks its lowest price ever. Considering it was $400 at launch, today is certainly the best day to pick one up.
Portable SSDs have always been appealing because hard drives, even great ones like the Seagate Backup Plus Slim, are slower and far more vulnerable thanks to all the moving parts. Solid State Drives have no moving parts. Unfortunately, they are also usually a lot more expensive. Samsung’s T5 lineup of portable SSDs have been one of the most successful consumer-level portable SSDs around and they still run a lot more than your average portable hard drive.
The new X5 SSDs use a combination of Thunderbolt 3 technology and NMVe, which speedy internal SSDs like the 960 Pro use, to deliver speeds far faster than the T5 or any other portable drive. It has read and write speeds of 2,800 MB/s and 2,300 MB/s respectively. The T5’s read/write speeds only go up to 540 MB/s, to put that in perspective. Externally, the X5 has a full-metal body and a non-slip mat on the bottom. It is shock-resistant and drop-resistant up to 6.6 feet. There are also safeguards in place to keep it from overheating. You can use Samsung’s Portable SSD Software to encrypt the data and password protect sensitive files, too.
You can also make the most of all-time low pricing on the 1TB capacity model which is down to $497.99 for the first time.
The X5 is not be backwards compatible, so you must have a Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt 3 port to use it. Samsung backs up your purchase with a three-year warranty.
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