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Several readers who have found themselves working from home lately got in touch about external storage devices. They were looking for an external SSD with a terabyte or two of storage. But it needed to be fast and highly portable.
My go-to recommendation for performance external storage is Samsung. The T5 Portable SSDs are particularly good; they are small (74mm by 57.3mm by 10.5mm), light (51g), robust, and thanks to V-NAND flash, they are fast (with read and write speeds up to 540 MB/s.
The drive also features password protection and AES 256 bit hardware encryption and comes with USB Type C to C and USB Type C to A cables for maximum flexibility.
But, they can be pricey.
However, on shopping around I found the 2TB version available for $350, which is $130 off the recommended retail price.
That version a bit too rich for your blood? There's also a 1TB version for only $172.08, which is $77.91 off the recommended retail price.
The 1TB version is more reasonably priced, but still offering a good discount compared to the recommended retail price.