Samsung Portable SSD T3 review

A future-proof portable drive




The Good / The Portable SSD T3 is super minimal, tough, quick and can have up to 2TB of storage room. The drive has a USB-C port, enabling it to work with a greater number of gadgets than other convenient drives.

The Bad / The T3 is a smidgen bigger and somewhat slower than its forerunner, the T1, while costing more. Its three-year guarantee is short for a capacity gadget at this cost.

The Bottom Line / Compact, rough, quick and spacious, the Portable SSD T3 is a superb versatile stockpiling gadget to go up against the go.

In the event that you adore Samsung’s Portable SSD T1 – and you should – you’ll likely love the organization’s new Portable SSD T3 much more.

I say “likely” in light of the fact that in testing, the new T3 was very piece slower than the past model while costing marginally more, at $130, $230 and $430 for 250GB, 500GB and 1TB individually (£99, £159 and £302 in the UK). That is contrasted with the present cost of $85, $158 and $349 for the T1 at similar limits (£88, £149 and £250 in the UK).

To win that premium, the T3 has a tough new aluminum case and now accompanies a USB-C port rather than the old Micro-USB 3.0 port. Likewise, the new drive is additionally accessible in a 2TB limit with regards to $850, which is tremendous considering how little it is. (A UK cost isn’t yet accessible, yet that believers to around £590. Australian costs for the T3 are yet to be reported.)

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All things considered, in case you’re searching for a modest yet extreme, secure and spacious convenient stockpiling gadget to go with your cell phones, be it a workstation or a USB-C-empowered tablet, the T3 is an astounding decision. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you simply need a quick and super minimal convenient stockpiling gadget and couldn’t care less about it being rough, the T1 is still an extraordinary arrangement, particularly given its currently bring down cost.

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Modest and extreme outline

The new T3 is a touch bigger than the T1, yet it’s still sufficiently little to be mixed up for a square of chocolate. A liberal square of chocolate, beyond any doubt.

The drive’s smooth new aluminum packaging, an update from the plastic of the T1, enables it to be stun safe. Samsung says the drive can withstand up to 1,500 g’s of power and survive a drop of up to 2 meters (around 6.6 feet). I tried dropping it a couple of times from over my make a beeline for a cover floor and the drive was fine. Inside, the T3 has an incorporated Thermal Guard include that counteracts overheating in extraordinary temperatures. With everything taken into account, it’s protected to state that the T3 is an intense seemingly insignificant detail.

Samsung Portable SSD T3 specs

On one side, the T3 has a USB-C port, rather than the typical Micro-USB 3.0 port, however the drive underpins the USB 3.0 standard with a best speed of 5Gbps. It’s additionally perfect with USB 2.0. The utilization of the USB-C port means when combined with a USB-C link (excluded) it can work with the new MacBook, and every single cell phone that offer a USB-C port – generally Android tablets and several telephones for the time being. The drive incorporates a USB-C to USB-A link, which enables it to work with every current PC and their standard USB ports. (For additional about USB-C, look at this post.)

With respect to capacity, like the instance of the T1, the T3 houses a Samsung mSATA 850 Evo. This implies it has every one of the highlights of the 850 Evo product offering.

Recognizable highlights

The most essential component of the T3 is the utilization of 3D-vertical NAND streak memory, an inexorably prevalent innovation in standard strong state drive.

Customarily, 2D-planar compose NAND streak memory cells – the capacity units on a SSD – lie level on the surface of the silicon wafer. The T3’s inward stockpiling’s blaze memory cells are stacked in up to 48-layer vertical NAND, or V-NAND, (rather than 32 layers on account of the T1,) which takes into consideration fundamentally more cells in a similar number of wafer bits. This extraordinarily builds the thickness and basically implies more stockpiling for less cost. The higher number of V-NAND layers will probably convert into somewhat slower execution, be that as it may.



The T3 likewise underpins Samsung’s TurboWrite innovation, which empowers the drive to work a part of its glimmer memory in a reproduced superior method of single-layer-cell streak memory, as a cradle zone. Amid compose activities, information is first composed to this zone at high speeds, at that point, amid sit without moving periods, it’s moved from the cushion to the essential stockpiling district. The final product is significantly quicker execution from the client’s point of view.

Prepared to work out of the crate

The T3 is marginally less demanding to use than the T1. It’s pre-designed in the exFAT arrange, which means it will work with the two Windows and Mac PCs promptly without requiring a setup procedure, which the T1 required. The drive contains a little bit of programming called “T3 Security Enabler” for Windows, Mac and Android. Essentially it enables you to scramble the drive with a secret key, which you should type in each time you need to get to the drive.

Try not to lose the watchword. Overlooking the secret word implies you will lose every one of the information. This is on account of the drive bolsters AES 256-piece, at present the most grounded encryption standard, and there’s extremely no chance to get around it.

Quick execution

I tried the 2TB adaptation of the T3, discovering it marginally slower than the T1 (of which I tried the 500GB rendition), likely because of the way that the T3 utilizes Samsung’s 48-layer V-NAND, while the T1 utilizes 32-layer V-NAND. In most true situations, in any case, the distinction in execution between the two drives will be not really perceptible. Both are quick.

By means of USB 3.0, the T3 enrolled a supported speed of 126 megabytes for every second to write and 221MBps for perusing, achieving the best three on our graph. The drive additionally works with USB 2.0 and for this situation it was in reality quicker than the T1, with a managed speed of around 36MBps, which is as quick as it can be for a USB 2.0 association.

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Similarly as with the T1, the T3, while quick, isn’t as quick as Samsung claims (which is dependent upon 450MBps by means of USB 3.0.) In my experience, in any case, I’ve never observed any drive that performed even near the speed publicized by the seller. So, the T3 is in fact effectively one of the speediest compact drives available.

Would it be a good idea for you to get it?

As an independent drive, the Portable SSD T3 is extraordinary. At the point when contrasted with its forerunner the T1, be that as it may, it’s somewhat more costly while being a touch slower. That implies, for the present, on the off chance that you couldn’t care less about USB-C similarity or the new rough plan, the T1 is a superior arrangement. The T3 is the drive that will last you numerous years, notwithstanding, essentially in light of the fact that USB-C is by all accounts the approach. Over that, as its cost gets lower (and it will), the 2TB limit is unquestionably alluring.



A three-year guarantee is disillusioning, despite the fact that the T1 has a similar arrangement. I do feel that with convenient capacity of this bore, Samsung ought to back it up with no less than a five-year guarantee. All things considered, it gives a portion of its top of the line drives, for example, the Samsung SSD 850 Pro, 10-year guarantees.

In any case, on the off chance that you require a convenient that has everything, the T3 is the thing that you’ve been sitting tight for.

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