REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
As much as one might think that it not be the case, finding just the right approach in a report analysis is very hard when there just don’t seem to be any shortcomings in the product reviewed. This is just that scenario with the Samsung Portable SSD T1 which has now joined my few other tech favorites that are with me always. Let’s start with what I believe are the absolute best consumer attributes for this drive:
This is by far the simplest form of data security we have seen yet for an external SSD and it is literally foolproof. The consumer has the choice to password protect their data or not, but if they do, it is 100% secure and the only way that data can ever be accessed is with that password. As much as one doesn’t like the thought that they will lose their data if the password is forgotten, the drive can still be reset to new by Samsung and can still be used.
EASE OF INSTALLATION AND USE
I have been using the Samsung Portable SSD T1 on several systems in the last week and its setup and use, whether on a PC or Mac, is easier than one would ever expect. Samsung hit a home run with this point in particular as transitioning to SSD for the consumer needs to be as simple and easily understood as possible. I have plugged he T1 into 5 systems today alone and the Password Menu has popped up each time.
CAPACITY AND SIZE
There isn’t another 1TB external SSD on the planet that is this small and this light. At 3/4 the size of a business card and as heavy as two tablespoons of flour, it is really unbelievable as to how much we can keep on the T1. The only concern that we might have with size is that things this small are so easily misplaced.
The Samsung Portable SSD T1 comes in at above 400MB/s USB 3.0 UASP speeds and you just don’t get much better than that. The important thing to note for those interested in the T1 is to understand the performance your system is capable of. Understand whether you will be plugging it into a USB 2.0, USB 3.0 or USB 3.0 UASP capable system and the maximum speeds that will result.
PRICING AND WARRANTY
Amazon has listed their pricing right along with MSRP at $179.99 (250GB), $299 (500GB) and $599 for the 1TB version. Granted these are not quite the low prices we are finding in typical SSDs, these prices are dead on for an external SSD of this caliber, and with a 3 year warranty to match. We wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever if the Samsung Portable SSD T1 corners the external SSD market.
As necessity has dictated through my outside employment, I typically have with me a secure flash drive for work, along with my improvised Samsung 840 EVO 1TB external SSD for website business; at least up until the Samsung Portable SSD T1 arived on the scene. The T1 has replaced both and is now used exclusively. Quite frankly, I can’t speak enough to the benefits of this external SSD and it wouldn’t escape this report without garnishing an Editor’s Choice!