Samsung's Portable SSD T3 May Be Tiny but Holds Plenty

PRODUCT REVIEW: Samsung's Portable SSD T3 storage capsule holds 2TB of content in a form factor so small that it could get lost in a coat pocket.

Even though consumers are getting more and more used to storing their data in clouds owned and operated by companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Box, Dropbox and others, there is still something valuable about having all your data in a device on your own desk.

Or even in a device in your pocket that's not much larger than a pack of matches.

That device would be Samsung's Portable SSD T3. This little guy is light, compact and fast and, as amazing as it sounds, can store up to 2TB of content. The solid-state drive—no moving parts to jam or break down—has a USB-C port, future-proofing its connectivity and enabling it to work with many more devices.

Some specifications of the Portable SSD T3:

--Available in 250GB ($98), 500GB ($178), 1TB ($368) or 2TB ($748) capacities
--Dimensions: 2.25 inches by 3 inches by 3/8 inch
--Weight: 1.8 ounces
--Shell: aluminum
--Drive type: mSATA-based portable drive
--Interface: USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) with an USB-C port
--Sequential speed: Up to 450MBps via USB 3.0
--Encryption: AES 256-bit
--Security: Optional password setting
--Operating system: Windows 7 (or later), Mac OS 10.7 (or later), Android KitKat (version 4.4 or later)
--Warranty: 3 years

The T3's aluminum casing, an upgrade from the plastic of Samsung's previous T1, gives it shock resistance. Inside, the T3 has an integrated Thermal Guard casing that prevents overheating in extreme temperatures.

If you'd like a physical storage addition to your cloud storage setup, you might want to check one of these out. Whether you have a desktop PC, laptop, notebook or USB-C-enabled tablet, you'd be making a good storage decision.

Samsung competes in the same personal storage market with labels such as SanDisk, Seagate, WD, LaCie and others.

I may be old-school on some storage devices, but I remain amazed that 2TB—or even 1TB—of content can fit into this little body. With Samsung's long-established reputation for high quality in solid-state media—it is the largest such producer in the world, no less—the only thing that worries me about the Portable SSD T3 is that I may lose it in the lining of my pants or coat.

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Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

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