Sam­sung T1 Por­ta­ble SSD 1TB

So tiny and light you’ll think Sam­sung for­got to put any­thing in­side it

Mac Format - - RATED - Man­u­fac­turer Sam­sung, sam­sung.com/uk 1x USB 3.0 Di­men­sions 71x9.2x53.2mm Weight 30g 256-bit AES en­cryp­tion (op­tional) Good to ex­cel­lent trans­fer rates Tiny and light

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.

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