If you’re after an external SSD, the Samsung T5 series has always been a good bet, even if it has been superseded by the T7 Touch. Given that model costs a figurative arm and leg, however, you’re better off sticking with the T5 – especially if you’re in the United States and have access to Best Buy’s current offers.
You’ve got your choice of 500GB or 1TB flavours as both get a reduction. The 500GB model gets a $30 saving in its ‘Alluring Blue’ colour scheme, bringing it to $80, which is $10 cheaper than what you’ll find on Amazon. There isn’t any stock available in other colours, sadly, and even if there were you’d be paying a little extra anyway.
For my money, though, the most appealing buy is the 1TB version at $150 – a $50 saving on its old price, and $30 cheaper than Amazon, too. Yes you’ll have to buy it in Rose Gold for that price which may be a bit disappointing, but this is an SSD not a bit of jewellery: you’ll live. Or if you think you might not, then you can always pay an extra $30 to get it in black, Moneybags.
The 2TB version theoretically gets the biggest discount – $80 off, taking it to $320 – but it’s out of stock at the time of writing. Probably a bit pricey even if it was in stock, to be honest.
They’re good SSDs, whichever one you opt for, and it’s still our top pick for those after a top notch external SSD. Katharine’s only real complaint in her review back in 2018 was the price, with Samsung optimistically selling the 250GB version for $124. At this new reduced price point though, the Samsung T5 is a sensible buy to increase your portable storage options without breaking the bank.