Closer Look: Samsung Portable SSD T3
The Samsung Portable SSD T3 is much smaller than a typical 2.5″ USB-powered external hard drive. The form factor seems to be unique to Samsung, but it’s a nice one, with a smaller area than a business card and only 10.5 mm of thickness. Weighing a mere 51 grabs without an interface cable, you’ll never notice either the size or weight of half a gigabyte of data.
The case is elegant, but plain, with naught but a SAMSUNG logo on one side…
…and a model designation on the other.
One end of the drive has the USB Type C connector, which supplies both interface and power. USB Type C connectors are reversible, so it doesn’t matter which way the cable is plugged in.
The remaining side merely has a serial number, a model number, and a power specification.
Although the presence of the Type C connector implies that this is a full USB 3.1 drive, it’s really not: it’s using standard USB 3.0 protocols and is limited to the 5Gb/s of SuperSpeed USB, rather than the 10Gb/s of USB 3.1. The supplied cable plugs into a standard USB 3.0 connector on the host end:
…so if you want to connect this drive directly to the Type C port on a laptop or Android device, you’ll need to supply the Type C – Type C cable yourself.
Let’s take a look at the performance of this drive in the next section.