Samsung’s Portable SSD T3 has USB-C connectivity so is a nice match for an Apple MacBook

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samsung announced the Portable SSD T3, a palm-sized, external solid state drive (SSD) that offers multi-terabyte (TB) storage capacity. It’s equipped with Samsung’s proprietary Vertical NAND (V-NAND) and SSD TurboWrite technology.

Samsung is offering a new 2TB T3 SSD, along with a wide range of capacity options including 250 GB, 500GB, and 1TB. With the rise of rich 4K content, consumers are increasingly relying on external storage solutions, while seeking faster data transfer speeds and large capacity on multiple devices, according to Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. He says the T3 solves these concerns by enabling fast file transfers based on sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s with a USB 3.1 interface, which is up to four times faster than alternative external HDD solutions.

The drive is smaller than an average business card and weighs less than two ounces. Featuring a new shock-resistant metal case and internal frame, the T3 can purportedly withstand up to 1500G of force and will survive a drop of up to two meters. The drive’s integrated Thermal Guard is designed to prevent overheating in extreme temperatures.

Featuring an adopted USB-C connection, the T3 is compatible with a range of USB supported devices, including Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. The drive is equipped with AES 256-bit hardware encryption.