Samsung T1 500GB USB 3.0 External SSD Review
If you're the type of person who enjoys just skipping to the conclusion then today is one of the rare occasions when it's actually beneficial. Judging from the graphs alone, without having read our explanatory text, one might come to the conclusion that the Samsung T1 is too slow to be worthy of consideration. If you just looked at the graphs without reading it's worth reiterating that this is a storage device, and so is included in our storage graphs. But it's a USB 3.0 storage device, not USB 3.1, not SATA6, not PCI Express. In reality therefore it stands alone in our testing because the USB 3.0 interface has nowhere near the bandwidth of the other storage options we've looked at.
What it is, and indeed what it does so well, is a huge capacity drive capable of fitting in a fag packet and with some incredible speeds. Indeed the only thing we've ever tested that came close to the Samsung T1 in terms of capacity and portability was the Kingston Predator DT HyperX, and that ended up being around 200Mb/s read, 50Mb/s write, with 4K block speeds down in the single digits.
By that marker the Samsung T1 with its 300Mb/s read, 300Mb/s write and 4K blocks in the 80Mb/s range demolishes the Kingston. It's much cheaper too - £150 cheaper no less - and so is unquestionably the best option available if you want enormous capacity in a portable format with speeds that wont cause you to go grey waiting for files to transfer. It might not be as fast as an internal SSD, but then that's the limitations of the USB 3.0 interface. Plus those aren't nearly as portable as the Samsung T1.
Some hardware requires lengthy explanations or caveats. The Samsung T1 500GB USB 3.0 SSD does exactly what it says on the tin. Speed, capacity, portability, reliability, and that's why it wins our OC3D Gold Award.