TeamGroup ‘PD500 Portable SSD’ Weighs only 24g, supports USB 3.1 Gen1 High-speed Transfer

TeamGroup ‘PD500 Portable SSD’ Weighs only 24g, supports USB 3.1 Gen1 High-speed Transfer

The PD500 external mobile hard drive is the latest wizard that weighs only 24g due to its compact and thin size. With the size of a name card, it is the smallest external mobile hard drive available in the current market. Compact and lightweight, make it easy to carry around and transfer file with zero hassle.

The TeamGroup PD500 doesn’t ship with an elaborate package, a rainbow of colors, or exceptional performance. What this product does deliver is SSD-like performance in a package that’s so small and light that you might not know it’s in your pocket.

The Team Group PD500 weights just 24 grams. That’s half as much as the new Samsung Portable SSD T5. In fact, the PD500 is the lightest portable SSDs ever. The drive even weighs less than most thumb drives. But it’s larger than a thumb drive, and surprisingly, some of the best thumb drives are just as fast as the PD500.

You may wonder why the larger and more expensive PD500 should even be an option over a product like the Corsair Flash Voyager GS or similar high-speed thumb drive. Portable SSDs are often more complicated than thumb drives because there is more logic in the controller. The Team Group PD500 supports TRIM so it can offer high performance even after extensive use. The feature is rare in thumb drives, but it has become a standard for portable SSDs. There is a caveat; though: Most of these products ship pre-configured with a universal file system that supports Apple and operating system, but you’ll have to configure the SSD with an NTFS file system to unlock TRIM support.

Team Group brought the PD500 portable SSD to market in three capacities that range from 120GB to 480GB. The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is the PD500’s direct competitor. The T5 500GB has a performance advantage over the PD500 480GB’s 440/400 MB/s sequential read/write throughput. Both drives share the same price at Newegg in this capacity, which kicks off alarm bells.

The 120GB PD500 loses 10 MB/s of sequential read throughput and 40 MB/s of the sequential write performance compared to the two larger models.

The specifications sheet for the PD500 appears thin at first glance, and that’s because it is. Team Group doesn’t give you an elaborate software package, and you won’t find or other useful bells and whistles in the boxes, either. The PD500’s claim to fame is thin. Well, in this case, it’s light. The drive weighs roughly the same as four US Quarters. If a Formula 1 team used removable flash storage in a car, this would be the off-the-shelf model they would pick before they redesigned it with an exotic material to save another three grams.

The PD500 is small when it comes to the physical size, but it’s not unique. The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is about the same size.

Technical Specifications:

InterfaceUSB 3.1
Capacity120GB / 240GB / 480GB*
Performance120GB Read/Write: up to 430/360 MB/s
240GB Read/Write: up to 440/400 MB/s
480GB Read/Write: up to 440/400 MB/s**
Dimensions80(L) x 49.5(W) x 9.4(H) mm
Operation Temperature0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperature-40°C ~ 80°C
HumidityRH 90% under 40°C (operational)
Vibration80Hz ~ 2000Hz/20G
MTBF2,000,000 hours
Operating SystemWindows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP or later, MAC OS
10.6 or later, Linux 2.6.33 or later
Warranty3 years warranty
  • Light weight
  • Compact
  • Flash-based


  • Poor pricing
  • Lacks software and encryption
  • Short cable

We like the overall design of the Team Group PD500, but its price outweighs the drive itself. There are other products like the Samsung T5 that sell for the same price but offer more features and performance. The PD500 needs to cost less than the Samsung T5 to make our shopping list.




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