Samsung's ultra-compact T1 SSD made a strong impression around this time last year when it topped our performance charts as the quickest USB 3.0 storage device we'd ever tested. So much so that we made it our top pick for best portable storage device.
Having been based on an mSATA version of the SSD 850 Evo, the T1 shared similar performance, and although USB 3.0 doesn't offer quite as much bandwidth as SATA 6Gb/s, Samsung touted sequential read and write speeds of 450MB/s, which at the time was more than twice that of the fastest thumb drive we'd handled.
The new Samsung Portable SSD T3 drives build upon that foundation with a few key upgrades over its predecessor and capacities all the way up to 2TB. From a performance point of view little appears to have changed, but notable upgrades include the change from USB 3.0 to USB 3.1, providing the T3 series with the easier to use and more convenient USB Type-C connection, as well as a more durable metal case.