The folks over at Samsung were kind enough to send us a 1 Terabyte SSD drive for review (yes you read that right, 1 terabyte). We’ve been using it for a while and we are thrilled.
Basically, I found nothing negative to say, aside maybe the fact that it is not padded. On the other hand, we are going to wait with a full fleet conversion for a while, and only for one reason. Or actually 799 reasons :)
1. It is uber fast, especially on the write side. we got to speed as high as 150GB/second which is roughly a gig every every seven seconds. This is fast. On the read side we managed to pull 400 MB/second on medium files and about 100MB/second after a while on big transfers
2. It’s small. How small? maybe half a smart phone, or 5-6 credits cards stacked together, and about 50 grams on the weight side. This is less than your average chocolate bar. If you travel with a bunch of drives, you will definitely fill the reduction of side and weight.
3. USB type 3 – reversible FTW!
4. Samsung claims the T3 are shock resistant, they did not provide any spec as to how shock resistant they are, but considering the low weight and the absence of moving parts, I tend to trust them.
5. It’s huge. We tested the 1 TB version, but for the same size, you can get a 2 TB version. Now, if you have a 2 TB SSD even internally raise your hand. yea, its huge.
We are going to wait though on a full fleet conversion, and only due to price. We now own 6 2TB Transcend drives, a full move would be around $5,000 and while we love the drives, we are going to wait for a price drop. It is the same with every technology, and as big SSDs will become more popular, the price will drop. We will be there for the take.
Here are the full specs: