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 differences between the SanDisk SSD and Samsung SSD are minimal, howeverSanDisk SSDs are generally more durable. So if you’re going to be using it 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.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Samsung T5 1 TB USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps, Type-C) External Solid State Drive (Portable SSD) Deep Black (MU-PA1T0B)
Fast transfer speeds; Metal minimalism; Compact and light. Interface: compatible with USB 3.1 Gen2 (10Gbps), backwards compatible

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


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 favorite is their Samsung Extreme model, which is another great choice for those looking for an SSD.

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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

So, it’s only fair that we take one of the bestselling models from each brand and compare them to each other to see which is best!

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 favorite.

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