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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2019: Editor's Choice - Part 2

By Team HardwareZone - 14 Mar 2019

Best Portable External Drive

Best Portable External Drive

Falling prices of flash memory have caused portable external SSDs to become much more affordable. This is great news because these drives provide numerous advantages over traditional mechanical portable hard disk drives. Not only are they considerably faster, the lack of moving parts also mean that they are more shock-resistant and hardy.

To make the cut for this category, the portable external SSD must be offered in capacities of 500GB and greater and must support USB 3.0 or better interfaces like Thunderbolt 3.



  • G-Drive Mobile Pro SSD
  • SanDisk Portable Extreme SSD
  • Samsung Portable SSD X5
  • Seagate Fast SSD


And the winner is...

Samsung Portable External SSD X5

The Samsung Portable SSD X5 was the winner mostly because of its stunning performance. It might not have the best sequential read and write speeds, but it was extremely adept at handling smaller data sizes and high queue depths. This makes it the strongest all-round performer. Sure, you can argue that it is  pricey but the old adage of you get what you pay for is very true here. Not only is the Portable SSD X5 fast, it is also fairly compact, shock-resistant, and comes with optional password protection with hardware AES 256-bit encryption for security.

Scoring Breakdown

G-Drive Mobile Pro SSD

Samsung Portable SSD X5 SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD Seagate Fast SSD
Design 7.5 8.5 9.5 9.0
 Performance 9.5 10 8.0 8.0
 Features 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5
 Value 7.0 6.0 8.5 8.0
 Overall 8.0 8.5 8.0 8.0
Price (500GB) S$425 S$539 S$219 S$249

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section at the end.

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