What external storage should be: Samsung’s T1 Portable SSD reviewed
4.6Overall Score
Price (RRP): $269 (starting price): 250GB for $269, 500GB for $429, and 1TB for $799; Manufacturer: Samsung

Most of us rely on a USB drive of some form or another, but they’re not always the fastest. You can’t say that about Samsung’s portable solid-state drive, the T1, because it’s the fastest external we’ve ever seen.

Features and performance

External drives are almost always a hard drive in a box with a USB connector on one end, and a focus on plenty of megabytes and gigabytes for those bits and bobs you want stored, but a new type of device from Samsung isn’t focusing on storage size specifically, but rather storage speed.

That’s the point of the T1, one of the company’s first efforts in the world of external solid state drives, and one of the first we’ve ever seen.

It isn’t Samsung’s first take on the external drive market, mind you, as it has been there for some time, building and selling numerous external drives, not to mention the sheer volumes of internal drives and flash memory Samsung produces and sells.

But this time, the focus isn’t on a drive with a moving part inside a casing. Rather, it’s on a similar sort of memory the company uses in its internal solid state drives put inside one of those external cases it might choose to use for a notebook.

Essentially, it’s a solid state drive you use on the outside of a computer.

Why would you choose to use this over a conventional hard drive?


There are a few reasons, but speed and size would rank at the very top, as a drive with no moving parts consisting of super-speedy flash memory would make the external drive very fast, while the size also plays into it.

With no moving parts and the drive consisting of a slim bit of silicon, Samsung can make the T1 trim, reducing the fat and putting the conventional external drive not just on a diet, but on notice, because the T1 is what drives can be when there’s not much more to them beyond storage.

Take the Samsung T1 out of its box and you’ll see what we mean.


Looking at the T1, there’s not much to it, unless you’re used to little black boxes with softened edges barely weighing a thing, which we’re not.

Thirty (30) grams is what this weighs in at, far less than the 258 gram GDrive Mobile we’re normally carrying around, and with a smaller size, too.