Design & Software
The main housing of the T1 is a textured plastic that gives it character and helps prevent it from squirting out of your hands like a bar of soap. A glossy strip adds an accent that wraps around the top. If this were a thicker device, someone might mistake it for a Zippo lighter, and if it had a curve in the middle, some might think it's the world's smallest flask.
Samsung says the laser patterning, black chrome metalizing finish, and compact design makes it "primed for chic portability." We won't argue that -- it's certainly a premium looking product, though we wish it felt a little more sturdy. It's pretty easy to smush the chassis with your finger and thumb.
The T1 is also lightweight. I couldn't discern a weight difference when holding the T1 in one hand and a USB flash memory drive in another.
There's also an LED indicator so that you know it's getting power.
Samsung supplies a USB 3.0 Type A to micro-B cable, though it's not very long. From tip to tip, it's a little over 6 inches, offering about 5.5 inches of length when plugged in at both ends. That's not much to work with, though we suppose it plays into the portability theme.
The drive comes formatted in exFAT and is compatible with both Windows and Mac PCs. However, Samsung warns that that when using exFAT on both systems, it can sometimes lock the data against writes, making it read-only.
If that happens and you're using a Mac, connect the T1 and then eject the volume. In Windows, click Scan and Fix in the window that appears when write access is disabled, then run Check Disk (CHKDSK).