Samsung T1 Portable SSD 1TB
So tiny and light you’ll think Samsung forgot to put anything inside it
Samsung’s T1 surprised us with a design that’s not just small and light but which also looks and feels good, even though its body is plastic. Its curved edges make it comfortable in the pocket too.
Samsung says the T1 can reach up to 450MB/s, but we measured its peak sequential read speed at 438.8MB/s – only 1.3MB/s slower than Angelbird’s SSD2go (see MF282). However, the T1’s mean speed lags 73.4MB/s behind the SSD2go, although its 366.5MB/s is comparable to similar drives.
When writing sequentially, the T1 peaked at 394.4MB/s – 9MB/s faster than the SSD2go – though its average trails behind on 330.8MB/s, which is 48.5MB/s slower. The T1 excels, though, in the tough random transfer of small amounts of data, achieving a mean of 197.7MB/s, which is 53MB/s faster than the SSD2go. The drives’ mean random write speeds are near identical, with the T1 narrowly ahead on 209.7MB/s.
Samsung reckons you’ll pay about £457 for the 1TB T1. If you’re not in a hurry, wait and see how low retailers will push this. Otherwise, if capacity matters more than physical size, you’re still better off – in price and performance – with Samsung’s 1TB 840 Evo in a StarTech S2510BPU33 enclosure. Alan Stonebridge
The T1 isn’t quite the fastest portable SSD we’ve seen, but it’s good if you need lots of capacity.
The T1 is among the lightest portable SSDs, and it has one of the nicer designs.