Amazon offers the Samsung 500GB X5 Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD for $299.99 shipped. Also available at B&H for the same discounted price. That’s good for a 25% discount from the going rate and is the lowest we’ve seen it sell for at Amazon. Samsung’s X5 NVMe-based SSD comes wrapped in a sleep casing, features a Thunderbolt 3 port, and sports up to 2800MB/s transfer speeds. So far it carries a 3.8/5 star rating. In our recent hands-on review we said it “stands above all other bus-powered external drives in its class.”

Looking to add 500GB of portable SSD storage to your Mac without paying a premium for lightning fast transfer speeds? Samsung’s T5 Portable SSD only runs you one-third of the cost and still features a USB-C port, high-end build quality, and more. That is of course at the trade off of only packing 540MB/s speeds. 

Samsung 500GB X5 SSD features:

  • 500GB NVMe SSD
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 Port
  • Up to 2800 MB/s Sequential Read
  • Up to 2100 MB/s Sequential Write
  • Shock-Resistant
  • Samsung V-NAND 3-Bit MLC
  • Dynamic Thermal Guard Technology
  • AES 256-Bit Encryption


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