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Samsung T1 Review (Tiny 1TB Portable SSD)

Samsung T1 Review (Tiny 1TB Portable SSD)

If you are anything like us then portable storage is a must… whether it is a chunky 2.5″ enclosure with decent capacity or a nippy little thumb drive for quick transfers between systems. Experience tells us that rarely do we get the best of both worlds though, high capacity, small size and unrestricted speed. That is something Samsung aim to change with their range of ultra compact Portable SSDs and today we look at the 1TB version, in our Samsung T1 Review.

Samsung T1 Review – Packaging and Bundle

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Some nice plain packaging is used by Samsung on the T1 range. A little smaller than a CD case, and a bit thicker the box gives us a nice clear image of the product on the front, along with some feature info on the back. Inside we find a short manual, a small USB 3.0 cable and the drive suspended in cardboard for protection.

Samsung T1 Review – The Drive

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The Samsung Portable SSD T1 is shown above and this is the 1TB model with 250GB and 500GB variants also available. The drive uses the same proprietary 3D vertical NAND (V-NAND) storage that their internal SSDs use and transfers data over the standard USB 3.0 connector. With this drive we have a 3-year warranty as well as shock resistance of 1500G/0.5ms and Dynamic Thermal Guard to protect data in extreme conditions. Speed wise Samsung rate the drive for up to 450MB/s with IOPS of 8000/21000 (read/write).



One of the drives key selling points is its size and weight. As the image above shows it is shorter and not quite as wide as a 2.5″ SSD while having a comparible thickness. The measurements are 71×9.2×53.2mm with weight of 30g… just a touch heaver than the cable which is bundled with the drive.

Samsung T1 Review – Setup

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The drive is formatted in exfat ensuring good compatibility across operating systems and upon first connecting it we can go through a short configuration wizard. That allows us to name the drive and then choose if we enable AES 256-bit encryption. Simply a case of choosing a password to protect our data should we lose the drive.

Samsung T1 Review – Performance

Key Test Specifications: Test files 1.1GB folder of various file sizes. 4GB video file. Tested on Windows 8.1 64bit using an MSI X99S Gaming 7 motherboard, 16GB DDR4-2800, GTX 980, Samsung 850 Series SSD and a Core i7-5960X CPU.

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Samsung T1 Review – User Experience and Conclusion

Everyone who saw the product launch of the T1 at CES will be aware that the size of this drive really created a lot of buzz… actually seeing it in the flesh still comes as somewhat of a surprise though. Its crazy small and even more surprisingly, really, really light. In fact its comparable in weight to the short USB 3.0 cable which Samsung bundle.

Speaking of USB 3.0, the port (something which is always a worry on compact USB drives like this) feels fairly solid so well done to Samsung on that front. The casing also feels solid and it should take some punishment. Setup was fine also, plug and play really. Unless you want to go through the security setup which takes no more than a few seconds. Once thats done, it acts like any other drive.

On the performance front we can have no complaints, the drive exceeded the other fast USB 3.0 models we have to hand and in real world use the ability to transfer over 1gb of data in 3 seconds, or 4gb in less than 20 is fantastic. It really does make this a drive which is suitable for significant storage on the move. For the higher capacity model that does come at a price, as expected, but the 250GB model is relatively affordable for the class of drive.

Summary: Nice design, crazy light… very, very small and no compromises on capacity or speed. The Samsung T1 wins our gold award.

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Stuart Davidson


  1. micheal

    Nice write up. I just ordered mine on http://amzn.to/1yHQbLo by i the way i think amazon is still running what the call cyber week .

  2. Nice write up. I just pre ordered mine it will be released on january 25 i can’t wait 🙁 by the way i think Amazon is still running what they call Cyber week.

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