May 25, 2017
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2TB SSD External Drive – Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review

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Samsung Portable SSD T3 offers a storage capacity of up to 2TB in a palm-sized design, making it easy to take all your important files with you. This 2TB SSD designed specifically for portability for today’s mobile lifestyles. Samsung Portable SSD T3 is built strong and light and is equipped with a built-in security feature. Most of all, it offers the blazing-fast data transfer speed. With compatibility across multiple operating systems and devices, the T3 external hard drive will take your data to another level of accessibility.

Design and Features

Samsung Portable SSD T3 is a stylish, well-made device with a capacity of up to 2TB, this sleek SSD allows you to store and access huge amounts of data. It looks luxurious in silver and gray, with the latter being a soft-touch rubbery finish and the former being a seamless band of aluminum. Large capacity in compact size, with size 2.28 x 2.91 x 0.41in, just same size as a business card and weighs less than two ounces so you can take all your data with you anywhere you go.

On one end is a single USB-C port, which supports USB 3.1 Gen 1 (half the theoretical speed of Gen 2’s 10Gb/s) , so you can use this T3 SSD with the latest devices, including Windows Ultrabooks, MacBooks, Android tablets, and smartphones. You can also use the Samsung SSD T3 with other older devices supporting USB 2.0 ports using the included USB-C to USB-A (standard USB) adapter in the box. You’ll need to buy your own cable if you want to connect the drive to a device (such as an Android phone) with USB-C or Micro-USB.

The Samsung Portable SSD T3 features a shock-resistant metal case and internal frame that can withstand up to 1500G of force, the equivalent of a 6.5-foot drop. The Samsung SSD T3 also has 256-bit AES hardware encryption, which can be used through Samsung’s Security Enabler. Just beware that if you forget the password you set, there’s no way to access the data on the drive. It’s possible to obtain a factory reset tool via Samsung’s service center, but this will wipe all your data. Sadly, Samsung doesn’t provide any backup software, so you’ll either have to copy files to it manually or source your own software.

Obviously, the downside is the price. This 2TB SSD might sound interesting, but any enthusiasm you have will be quickly dampened when you realize it costs. While a traditional 2TB HDD costs 10 times less than this, Samsung 2TB SSD has plenty of advantages in terms of their robustness and speed. There are cheaper options in the range, starting with the 250GB, and moving up to the 500GB.


The Samsung Portable SSD T3 uses Samsung 3D vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology to increase density, performance, and efficiency. We tested this 2TB SSD with CrystalDiskMark, and were impressed with its performance. It managed a sequential read speed of 409MB/s and a write speed of 212MB/s. The Samsung T3 SSD didn’t disappoint when reading 4KB files either, at almost 23MB/s, but faltered when writing them, achieving only 2.4MB/s. However, you probably won’t notice this limitation if you’re planning to use this external hard drive as a vault for all your media.


If you’re looking for a large capacity portable SSD drive for backing up your photos, videos, music and other precious data, then the Samsung Portable SSD T3 is a great choice. With no moving parts, a shock-resistant metal body that withstands drops of up to 6.5 feet, and built-in AES 256-bit hardware encryption, Samsung SSD offers blazing-fast transfer speeds and complete data protection from the inside out. However, a traditional HDD drive at the same capacity is still a lot cheaper if speed isn’t your main purpose.


  • Portable Design with Internal SSD-level Performance
  • Superfast Read-Write Speeds of up to 450 MB/s
  • Shock Resistant & Secure Encryption
  • Compatible with PC, Mac, & Android OS

Samsung T3 Portable SSD – 2TB – USB 3.1 External SSD (MU-PT2T0B/AM)

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