Introducing The Samsung SSD T3
We evaluated the T1 last year and really liked the product due to its sleek form factor and relatively high performance. It did have some shortcomings, however. The T1’s enclosure was extremely lightweight and felt less than substantial, capacities peaked at 1TB, and the drives carried a price premium.
At CES 2016, Samsung announced a new generation of portable SSDs, dubbed the T3. Whereas the original topped out at 1TB, the T3 doubles the maximum storage capacity to 2 Terabytes. The T3 also has a modernized enclosure with metal and rubberized accents, and the new drives are outfitted with USB 3.1 Type-C connections. The T3 is compatible with a wide range of USB-equipped devices, including the latest Android phones and tablets, along with PCs and Macs, of course.
Take a look at the specifications for the Samsung Portable SSD T3 family below and then we’ll take a 1TB model for a spin on the pages ahead...
|Interface||Compatible with USB 3.1(Gen.1, 5Gbps), 3.0, 2.0|
|Dimensions||74 x 58 x 10.5 mm|
|Transfer Speed||Up to 450MB/sec|
|Encryption||AES 256-bit hardware encryption|
|Security||Password setting (Optional) Requires Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS 10.7 or higher and Android KitKat (version 4.4) or higher.|
|Certification||CE, BSMI, KC, VCCI, C-tick, FCC, IC, UL, TUV, CB, EAC|
Overall, the look and feel of the T3 is improved over the original T1 in our opinion. The new enclosure looks great, is easier to handle, thanks to the rubberized coating, and it’s clearly more sturdy and substantial-feeling. The new enclosure also improves the shock resistance and is designed to improve thermals to minimize throttling and protect the drive inside.
Included with the Samsung Portable SSD T3 is some basic documentation and a foot long USB Type-C to Type-A cable. Samsung's Security Enabler software is included on the drive itself. We should also mention that Samsung warranties these drives for 3-years.