Portable storage devices aren’t always the most exciting products… but Samsung’s new Portable SSD T1 actually looks kind of nifty. It’s a business card-sized portable solid state drive which packs up to 1TB of storage space.
Samsung also offers 250GB and 500GB models with prices starting at $180.
The Portable SSD measure 2.8″ x 2.1″ x 0.3″ and weighs just over an ounce. It supports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections and can transfer data at speeds up to 450 MB per second.
Samsung says the device also supports AES 256-bit hardware encryption with password-protection and since it uses solid state storage instead of a mechanical hard drive, not only is this portable storage device small, but it’s also more resistant to shocks and extreme temperatures.
Exactly. When SSDs first started arriving I thought they were ideal for portable storage. My kit used to get some serious abuse when travelling and doing events.
I’ve been considering grabbing an mSATA enclosure for a couple of years and just sticking a drive in that. But none of the enclosures I found were built solidly enough to stand real portable use.
What I’d always thought would be good (talking early 2000s here) was if computers started to morph into “hypervisors”, with an abstraction layer between the hardware and OS. So you could simply transport your whole OS around and boot from any machine/kiosk. It always kinda worked but then Windows would always whinge about drivers and need a bunch of restarts. Carrying around a laptop was alot easier, especially when the fatter netbooks came around (RIP my Asus 1005HA-P!).
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