Hands-On With the Samsung Portable SSD T1

An entire terabyte in your pocket

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We were initially perplexed when Samsung handed us their new T1 portable SSD. The tiny device was no larger than a business card and only as thick as a stack of about five business cards. It was feather-light. How exciting could this device possibly be when it felt as if a stiff breeze could blow it out of our hands?

Pretty darn exciting, as it turns out. Samsung assured us that we were holding a solid-state drive with one terabyte of storage space. $600-worth of the most stable, reliable form of data storage to date was concentrated in the tiny container.

Samsung offers three different sizes of the T1—a 250 GB version, a 500 GB version, and a 1 TB version. We were holding the largest version, but it still weighed just one ounce and proved the perfect size for slipping into a shirt pocket. Since it’s a solid-state drive, there are no moving parts or heat generation to worry about. While the tiny drive is safe for pocket transport, it’s neither weatherproof nor waterproof. Then again, how many portable SSDs are?

The ultra-portable drive connects to other devices via USB 3.0, and Samsung claims it is capable of write speeds of up to 450 MB/sec. That’s on par with many SSDs on the market today, if not faster.

The three different sizes of the T1 are priced according to storage space. The 250 GB version costs $180, the 500 GB version costs $300, and the 1 TB version we were able to play with has a $600 price point. All three sizes will be available for purchase on Amazon starting January 20th.

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