A portable external hard drive with decent capacity and high security
The Samsung Portable SSD T3 is a compact drive that comes with a fast USB 3.1 Type C connector. The main USP of this SSD is the built-in hardware encryption that protects your whole drive with a password.
Samsung Portable SSD T3 – Design and Features
Out of the box, the Samsung T3 looks very impressive, with a small size and light in weight. Measuring 74 x 58 x 10.5 mm and weighing just 51g, the T3 has half aluminum and half matt black plastic touch with rounded sides, and it feels comfortable in hands. The frame and design of T3 is enough solid to bear the accident drop. Also, the flash memory drives are pretty much resistive to knocks.
For connectivity, it features the USB 3.1 Type-C reversible port. The T3 comes in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. We got the 250GB capacity SSD drive for review.
You also get 256-bit AES encryption for secure data storage with no loss of performance. Samsung includes a simple app on the drive that takes care of password management, and there are versions for Windows, Mac, and Android.
Software and smartphone connectivity
The drive comes with software for full disk protection via 256-bit AES hardware encryption. The software is easy to use and there is no bloatware during usage.
Besides a desktop utility, the T3 also works with the Android smartphone by using an app called Samsung portable SSD. The only way to unlock and use the data of T3 is to go through these two applications as without them nobody can access the data.
Samsung Portable SSD T3 – Setup and Performance
The setup of the drive is quite easy, just plug the USB Type-C to Type-A cable present in the box. After plugging it one can use it as any other USB storage device.
Steps to enable the protection of T3 SSD
Step1: To protect your data you need to run the software present in the drive.
Step 2: After running the non-install software create a password to protect the drive.
Note: Save your password somewhere because if you forget the password after enabling it, you can’t retrieve it.
To test its real-life performance, we used it on our test bed (Intel Core i5 CPU, 4X2 Kingston DDR3 RAM, Windows 10 OS and Cooler Master 350 Plus). While transferring assorted data of 4.37 GB, we get a write speed of 298MB/s and read speed of 364MB/s. Running the benchmarks, it performed well and we were able to achieve the speed of 450MB/s in Crystal Disk Mark.