Product Comparison: SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD vs Samsung T5

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General Specifications
Extreme 500
About the Product
The SanDisk Extreme 500 portable SSD is less than half the size of your smartphone and delivers up to 4x the speed of an external hard drive. Get to work in seconds, transfer big videos and photo libraries at up to 440MB/s—a speed that external hard drives can only dream about.
Take everything, all your work and entertainment, with you. The Portable SSD T5 gives you simple and efficient access to your massive data so you can complete tasks quickly and on the move. Take along your documents, large-sized photos or videos, and get things done wherever you go.
Key Specs
Available Capacities
120 GB, 240 GB
250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB
Max. Transfer Speed
440 MB/sec
540 MB/sec
What customers say about "Key Specs"
SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD 500GB SDSSDEXT-500G-G25
  • Fast transfer speeds, pushed GBs of data in second
  • In comparing this drive to the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD, 480GB, I can see no difference in speed or size.
  • I use it for everything copying video files games and ill be using it when i go on vacation it's small, light and super rugged. the transfer speeds on this thing are amazing!
  • The R/W speed is as expected for a modern SSD, but what really makes this unique is the form factor.
  • Speed - can't really comment on (bottlenecks are probably elsewhere with my applications) but it works fine for me.
Samsung T5 External SSD — USB 3.1 Type-C
  • The transfer speed is also faster than I expected. I will by upgrading to 1TB (or higher) strictly for video soon.
  • While I'm not seeing the quoted average "up to" speeds of 500+ MB/s, they are still impressive.
  • I really love this portable speed demon. It's built very well and is the perfect size for putting in your pocket or laptop bag.
  • The transfer speeds between the internal SSD and the T5 are just quick.
  • Extremely slow on USB 3.0. Writing a 20GB file only does so at 24MB per second.
Size & Weight
2.98 in.
2.26 in.
2.98 in.
2.91 in.
0.39 in.
0.41 in.
1.58 oz.
1.8 oz.
OS Compatibility
Windows, Mac OS X
Windows, Mac OS X
USB 3.0
USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2
Password Setting
Data Protection
AES 256-bit encryption, Shock-resistant
Rugged, durable design, Stays cool and quiet, Designed for Durability
Ready anytime, anywhere, Metal minimalism, Compact and light
What customers say about "Features"
SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD 500GB SDSSDEXT-500G-G25
  • The drive is suspended in mid-air by the cable. I find other SanDisk products to be well thought out, but this cable problem is truly a swing and a miss.
  • Small, rugged, fast and secure. I had great luck for the first while with these.
  • The SSD does come with an included black USB3 cable which is just about 8.5" in length and all the connections are nice and secure (perhaps a little too tight?)
  • The drive comes with some "Vault" software for extra security that I don't need. I just save my data outside of the vault on the drive.
  • Everything works perfect my taxes are done. You do have the option of encrypt and everything which I think is cool it does come with the pass code to access the hard drive so it is very secure.
Samsung T5 External SSD — USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Rugged metal case means I don't have to worry about dropping it.
  • It is encrypted which is another very valuable feature. It is a great failsafe!
  • The samsung software for Mac, providing password encryption and other features, does NOT work with Mac Sierra or Mojave OS.
  • I should also mention, it has a password function to allow the user to put in a password. The is a nice feature.
  • Adding a slot that would ingest SD cards dynamically like the Gnar box would be a cool feature. Get the biggest size you will use it.
Additional Accessories
USB-C cable
SanDisk Secure Access software
Samsumg Portable SSD Software
Power Supply
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year(s)
3 year(s)
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