Samsung T3 MU-PT500B 500GB Portable SSD

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  • Durable and strong aluminum case
  • light and portable
  • USB-C support
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  • Expensive
  • relatively short 3 year warranty

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Samsung T3 MU-PT500B 500GB Portable SSD Review

Key features

  • Compact and highly portable
  • Can accommodate up to 2TB of storage capacity
  • With a USB-C port, it is compatible with more devices than most other portable drives

Introduction

If you loved the Portable T1 SSD from Samsung, you will definitely love the latest version of the device – the T3. This device costs slightly more than its predecessor, but you will also get a number of features for the premium. The first notable addition to the T3 is the USB-C port that replaces the Micro-USB 3.0 port in the previous version. This means that you will be able to use the device on a wider range of devices at high transfer rates since it makes use of USB 3.1 technology. The T3 is also available in a 2TB version which means that you can go well beyond the 1TB maximum in the previous model. This is also an incredibly large storage capacity when you consider the small size of the portable SSD. One of the things that stood out right from the Samsung T3 SSD release date is the design. It comes in a strong aluminum case that will ensure that it withstands most impacts in the normal day to day use. Unfortunately, the design is not waterproof, so you should exercise caution when handling it around liquids. Let’s now take a look at the Samsung T3 SSD specs to see if it lives up to the high standards set by its predecessor.

What is the overall performance ?

Let us start with the design elements of the performance of the Samsung T3 MU PT500B 500GB portable SSD. One of the most notable features of the drive is that it comes with an integrated Thermal Guard that will ensure that it doesn’t overheat even when used in extreme temperatures. It’s also tough enough to survive falls from as high as 2 meters. This level of toughness is hard to find in a hard drive so we can say that Samsung did a pretty good job on the T3. When it comes to data transfer capabilities, it can achieve a sequential transfer speed of up to 450MBps on a USB 3.0 port. You can set a password to protect your data is you so wish. The encryption technology used is 256 bit AES. This version of the Samsung T3 MU PT500B 500GB portable SSD has a 500GB capacity, but in the Samsung T3 model, you can choose between 250GB, 500GB, 1TB or 2TB depending on your storage needs. It weighs 51 grams (1.8 oz.) and measures 74 x 58 x 10.5mm (2.9 x 2.3 x 0.4 inches). However, the 3 year product warranty is a bit disappointing considering the high Samsung T3 SSD price.

Conclusion: Should I buy it?

The Samsung T3 MU PT500B 500GB portable SSD is the device to buy if you are looking for something tough, but compact enough to carry around. It’s compatibility with many devices makes it ideal for use by many.

  • The Good :
    Durable and strong aluminum case, light and portable, USB-C support
  • The Bad :
    Expensive, relatively short 3 year warranty
Our score:
4 / 5

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Product Description

  • The Samsung T3 MU-PT500B 500GB Portable SSD is manufactured by Samsung and was added in May 2016 in the SSD section
  • This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5

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