Samsung T1 Portable SSD Review: A shrunken, USB-powered 850 Evo

By Steve ยท 15 replies
Jan 28, 2015
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  1. samsung t1 portable ssd review usb-powered evo samsung storage ssd t1 portable ssd

    As important as cloud storage technology has become for businesses and individuals, there's still plenty of demand for mobile storage devices. Flash-based thumb drives have come a long way, but while a 16GB stick can be purchased with spare change, those who need to move large volumes of data on without spending an arm and a leg (500GB and over) have traditionally had to rely on comparatively sluggish USB 3.0 hard drives. 

    Many companies have tried to solve this issue with countless external SSD solutions, though few have been great, either offering weak performance or being grossly overpriced -- that is until now. Thanks to Samsung, we may finally have an external SSD that delivers blisteringly fast transfers at an affordable price in the form of its new T1 Portable SSD.

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  2. 3.0 is sluggish? shows what I know lol
  3. Damn sluggish usb 3.0 drives, faster than my LGA1366 X58 sata 2.0 ports
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,735   +3,706

    I was thinking the same thing
    USB 3.0 (5G) is nearly as fast as SATA 3.0 (6G). So unless you are actually referring to HDD being sluggish in comparison to SSD, I'm not sure what the reference is.
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,472   +377

    This statement is more likely referring to traditional platter hard drives that happen to use USB 3.0 to max out the drives throughput. Typically that is less than 150MB/s read/write if I remember correctly, which a far cry from USB 3.0's theoretical maximum. Using an SSD would make far better use of the throughput.

    I actually did this kind of thing myself... Last year I had an mSATA SSD from a laptop that I was replacing for larger, and bought an mSATA enclosure from MyDigitalSSD. I'm a huge fan of it's diminutive size and and when compared to USB3 Flash drives, far superior performance. Interestingly enough the enclosure I got is not only more durable with an aluminum design, but (I believe) smaller to boot.
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  6. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,869   +2,039

    USB 3.0 hard drives, aka 2.5" laptop drives are sluggish and yeah they are.

    Just to clarify that statement didn't say USB 3.0 as an interface was slow.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2015
  7. Guru the Techie

    Guru the Techie TS Rookie

    Samsung once again proved itself to be the market-grabber....
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  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,735   +3,706

    It has taken awhile to sway my opinions. I do believe Samsung will be my next choice for SSD.
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  9. michael ellams

    michael ellams TS Rookie Posts: 22

    I have the samsung 840 250 gig SSD awesome will always get samsung for any more I need
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  10. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Got my Lightroom catalog living on an 840 Evo 500GB (non pro). Great SSD.
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  11. So just to be sure, 3.5s are ok right?
  12. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,869   +2,039

    3.5" drives are great for storing loads of data, what's your point/question exactly? How are 3.5" drives even relevant here?
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    For me the plastic case is a HUGE turn off. Portable drives are meant to take a punch or two, since you are moving it it will likely get crushed sooner than later. Also considering the small package it should be a cheap investment to put it inside a hard acrilic case or what not, bad move on Samsung there.
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  14. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,355   +2,004

    Got to agree with you there, particularly considering the price point. Of course, in a years time the price will fall as more competitors enter the market place and portability doesn't mean much when it's not near-indestructible. Haven't been through a TSA checkpoint in awhile ... since it can't be disassembled and the power/energy/size for one of these loaded with simtec would be huge, I wonder if TSA will regulate or prohibit them?

    All in all it's a great advancement. I think once they get some of these items addressed it will be a big seller.
  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Seems like an awesome option for people needing speed on the go. Hopefully version 2 brings an improved and sturdier enclosure and a longer warranty.
  16. Pastor Burt

    Pastor Burt TS Rookie

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