Sam­sung Por­ta­ble SSD T3

£606 inc VAT (32p per GB) • sam­

PC Advisor - - CONTENTS - Jim Martin

It’s not un­com­mon to do a dou­ble take when you read the avail­able ca­pac­i­ties for Sam­sung’s T3 range. Top­ping out at 2TB – a size you’d nor­mally as­so­ciate with me­chan­i­cal hard drives – this diminu­tive SSD shows the prom­ise of what’s to come from the tech­nol­ogy.


Ob­vi­ously the down­side is price. A 2TB por­ta­ble SSD might sound tempt­ing, but any en­thu­si­asm you have will be quickly damp­ened when you re­alise it costs over £600. It’s only 32p per GB, but it’s easy to for­get that a 2TB hard drive costs 10 times less than this: even a por­ta­ble ver­sion can be found for less than £55.

SSDs have plenty of ad­van­tages in terms of their ro­bust­ness and speed, but whether that will per­suade you to pay this much is de­bat­able. There are cheaper op­tions in the range, start­ing with the 250GB ver­sion, which costs around £95 (37p per GB), and mov­ing up to the 500GB, which is around £150 (30p per GB).

Fea­tures and de­sign

The T3 is a stylish, well-made de­vice. It looks pur­pose­ful in sil­ver and grey, with the lat­ter be­ing a soft-touch rub­bery fin­ish and the for­mer be­ing a seam­less band of alu­minium. On one end is a sin­gle USB-C port, which sup­ports USB 3.1 Gen 1 (half the the­o­ret­i­cal speed of Gen 2’s 10Gb/s). In the box is a USB-C to stan­dard USB, so you’ll need to buy your own cable if you want to con­nect the drive to a de­vice (such as an An­droid phone) with USB-C or Mi­cro-USB.

The T3 has 256-bit AES hard­ware en­cryp­tion, which can be used through Sam­sung’s Se­cu­rity En­abler. Just be­ware that if you for­get the pass­word you set, there’s no way to ac­cess the data on the drive. It’s pos­si­ble to ob­tain a fac­tory re­set tool via Sam­sung’s ser­vice cen­tre, but this will wipe all your data. Oddly, Sam­sung doesn’t pro­vide any backup soft­ware, so you’ll ei­ther have to copy files to it man­u­ally or source your own soft­ware.


We tested the range-top­ping 2TB ver­sion, which ar­rives for­mat­ted with NTFS, and were im­pressed with its per­for­mance. It man­aged a se­quen­tial read speed of 407MB/s and a write speed of 211MB/s.

The Sam­sung T3 didn’t dis­ap­point when read­ing 4KB files ei­ther, do­ing so in Crys­talDiskMark at al­most 22MB/s, but fal­tered when writ­ing them, achiev­ing only 2.3MB/s. How­ever, you prob­a­bly won’t no­tice this lim­i­ta­tion if you’re plan­ning to use the drive as a vault for all your me­dia.


If you’re af­ter a large ca­pac­ity por­ta­ble drive for back­ing up your pho­tos, videos, mu­sic and other pre­cious data, then the Sam­sung T3 is a great choice. How­ever, a tra­di­tional hard drive is still a lot cheaper if speed isn’t your main pri­or­ity.

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