Ordinarily we take some time to discuss price, performance, and the market as a whole when reviewing SSDs, but in this case we don't have test results for a full field of comparable drives to weigh the T3 against. Nonetheless, we came away more than satisfied with the performance figures the T3 produced. A portable, external drive that can trade blows with the SATA competition is no mean feat.
We also can't get over just how portable this thing is. If you need 2TB of fast storage for whatever reason, the T3 lets you put all those bits in a pocket. If external storage means clunky, wall-powered desktop drives to you, or heck, even if it means something sleeker like a WD Passport or Toshiba Canvio, the T3 makes them all look oversized, ungainly, and unrefined. Throw legitimate solid-state speeds and useful encryption features into the mix, and you've got a compelling package on your hands.
The only potential fly in the ointment is the price. At $750 on Newegg, the T3 2TB is going to empty your piggy bank and make you delay that high-end graphics card or monitor purchase in absolute terms. But that price works out to right around 40 cents per gigabyte, which isn't all that bad for the portability and performance this drive offers. It wasn't too long ago that even low-capacity internal SSDs were as expensive.
At the same time, the majority of consumers simply don't need 2TB of storage that's this fast and this totable. I'd say the ideal niche for this product is someone whose work requires transferring large amounts of assets between machines, but whose privacy, security, or bandwidth concerns prevent them from using a cloud or network file transfers. If you're that specific person, then the density and speed of Samsung's Portable SSD T3 should put it at the top of your shopping list.
15 comments — Last by StamosD at 5:03 AM on 10/02/16
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