I have several of those, they work fine, the current price for a 1TB T5 is $178.
It is a bit less expensive (but not as small) to use a SATA SSD in a USB-C adapter case. But the main advantage is the 4TB size is available in the 2.5" SATA form factor but not yet for the smaller Samsung T5 or NVMe M.2 form factors.
A single SSD is slower than 7200rpm HHDs in a RAID.
I think you mean the SSD is faster. I currently use a RAID with 7200rpm drives via Thunderbolt 2. They're OK. According to the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app it is still slower than one of my SSD drives I use on my camera hooked up via USB 3. So I think I might get an SSD drive (internal with a USB 3 adapter, seems to be cheaper than an enclosed external) and just use it has an edit drive. I can't afford to get an 8TB SSD like my RAIDS but a 2TB will do since after the project is done I offload the library to storage anyway.
Now I'm just trying to decide on the brand and if I should enable TRIM to give it a longer usable life.
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