Samsung vs SanDisk SSD – Which Brand is Better?

When you’re looking for an external storage solution for your laptop, then two of the main brands that you’re going to come across are Samsung and SanDisk. It can be difficult to know which one to opt for out of the two, as all these SSD’s are just trying to provide the same service – giving you the opportunity of more space to save your files.

So when you’re trying to decide between these two brands, what should you be looking for? Well, we’re going to have a look at the things you should take into account when trying to decide between a Samsung SSD and a SanDisk SSD.

Samsung vs Sandisk SSD

The difference between the SanDisk SSD and Samsung SSD are minimal, however SanDisk SSDs are generally the more durable of the two. So if you’re going to be using your external SSD on the go, then it might be the better option to go for.

However, Samsung and SanDisk are the two most well known SSD brands, and everyone probably has their preference between the two. Lets look at the two brands and see which would be a better choice for you.


Samsung is well known in pretty much every different area of electronics, from phones and TVs to hard disks and even refrigerators, they’re pretty much everywhere. And whilst some of their products are more popular than others, where they have done well is with their range of SSDs.

Their best selling brand is likely the T series, especially the T5 and the T7, which are some of the best external SSD drives that you can purchase.

Samsung T5

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Fast transfer speeds; Metal minimalism; Compact and light. Interface: compatible with USB 3.1 Gen2 (10Gbps), backwards compatible

As one of the top options available, the Samsung T5 is a pretty reliable external SSD. It’s available in both 512GB and a 1TB size, but the terabyte option isn’t too much more than the half a terabyte. So for most people, this will be the better choice of the two, as it provides the best value. You can also get a 2TB model too, but this is pretty expensive and will only be necessary for very few people.

The T5 is designed with aesthetics in mind, and it’s available in a good variety of different colours. It’s one of the best looking SSDs, and it’s also very small and lightweight too. For those looking for a portable model that they can take with them everywhere very easily, then it’s definitely suitable in this respect.

It has a maximum read speed of 540mb/s, which is about standard for the premium models on the market nowadays. For most people, the Samsung T5 would be a perfectly good choice.

Samsung T7

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High-speed external storage in compact pocket size and capacities up to 2TB

For many people, the Samsung T7 may actually prove to be the better choice of these two SSD’s. Why? Well, it’s only a little bit more expensive than the T5, but it has much higher reading speeds. This will be important for certain folk who need the maximum reading speeds they can get.

Aside from this, you aren’t going to see much of a difference between the T5 and the T7. So, if you need super fast read speeds, then it could be worth a look. But, it may not be necessary for you to upgrade in many cases.


As opposed to Samsung who don’t specialize in any specific area of electronics, Samsung have honed down specifically on the storage and memory card area. They’re well known for their SD card, and their SSD storage is some of the bestselling out there too. My personal favourite is their Samsung Extreme model, which is another great choice for those looking for an SSD.

So, it’s only fair that we take a loo at some of the bestselling models from Sandisk and compare them to each other to see which is best!

Sandisk Extreme

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SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD 1 TB Up to 550 MB/s Read
High-speed transfers of up to 550MB/s let you move hi-res photos and videos fast; Shock-resistant solid state core for greater durability

For those looking for a hardy SSD, then you’re not going to find anything better than the Sandisk Extreme Pro. It has a hardy exterior, which can handy bad weather with ease and isn’t going to break if you drop it. It’s a good choice if you want a device that can deal with water, bumps and especially dust too. It’s the best option for those looking for a truly portable SSD.

It has read speeds of 550mb/s, and you can buy it in sizes between 256GB and 2TB’s, with the 1TB option probably providing the best value. It’s very to set up with Windows and Macbooks, so you shouldn’t have any problems with this model, and it’s definitely worth considering.

Sandisk Extreme Pro

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SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD 1 TB Up to 550 MB/s Read
High-speed transfers of up to 550MB/s let you move hi-res photos and videos fast; Shock-resistant solid state core for greater durability

Much like the T7 is to the T5, there’s also an upgraded version of the Sandisk Extreme you can get too, which is referred to as the Pro. It has around double the transfer speeds of the base model, so it’s for those who need 1000+ mbps speeds. It still has the same hardy design as the base model, and this is the only really difference between them.

SanDisk vs Samsung – Compared

Let’s take a look at the two brands most revered models in comparison to each other. This way, you can easily make a decision between the two.

Design & Case

Both of these models are very similar to one another, so it’s difficult to say which is best. However, the main way that we can set these two apart is by the design of their casing.

The SanDisk is designed to be able to take a lot of wear and tear. Whilst some of the casing is plastic, it’s covered in rubber all around the edges of this model. So if you were to drop it, the likelihood of it breaking is very slim.

However with the Samsung model, it’s main focus is on being small and lightweight. It weighs only 51g, and it’s definitely the better looking of the two. However, the casing isn’t the most resilient, and even though Samsung say it can withstand some abuse, it’s not as durable as the SanDisk Extreme.


The difference in read and write speeds between these two models is going to be negligible, and you probably wouldn’t even notice a difference. Whilst the SanDisk is stated to have 550mb/s speeds whilst the Samsung only has 540mb/s, they’re both likely to return between 400-450mb/s in reality with your device. Remember, this is only their optimal speed! So, there’s really no difference between the two here.


Another area where you can usually separate products is by their warranty. However, both of these brands offer a pretty comprehensive three year warranty for all their SSDs, so there’s really not much difference here either.


All in all, there’s not much to choose between the Samsung SSD and the SanDisk Extreme. However, due to the design, I would opt for the SanDisk model, as it’s likely going to be more durable in the long run.

So in conclusion, both of these models are pretty similar to one another. They’re both marketed as the same price, and they both have very similar read and write speeds.

In terms of design, I much prefer the SanDisk for travelling with, and I feel confident that it won’t break. And in terms of reliability, I’d opt for SanDisk too as I’ve always used them – however, this is definitely personal preference. Both of the models would likely be a good option, and it’s up to you to pick your favourite.

About Alex

Hello, I'm Alex and this is my website, Spacehop. I started the site as a way to talk about myself, and a few years later we're now a team of 6! I still work full time at a major PC retailer in the UK, and I'm a bit of a tech whizz (self-proclaimed, unfortunately!).

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