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Samsung T1 Portable 500GB USB 3.0 External SSD (MU-PS500B-AM) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Samsung T1 Portable 500GB USB 3.0 External SSD (MU-PS500B/AM)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 304 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 5.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Speed4.5   average
Price4.4   average
Read4.3   above average
Write4.2   above average
Transfer4.0   average
Windows3.3   below average
Cable2.8   below average
Connection2.3   mediocre


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Cable

Cable:
"The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 is that the provided cable disconnected frequently, which is annoying as the VM registers as a system crash."
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"The devise works great its the connection cable thats giving problems."
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"The included cable is short - I was not comfortable letting this hang on the back of my tower, not for $250 piece of hardware so I had to buy a great cable which added to the overall cost."
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"I did not consider them to be huge negatives, as I had a longer spare cable sitting around, and I could remove the Samsung encryption software easily and reformat the drive."
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"EDIT 1: I've seen several reviews running back to January 2015 about the possibility that the cable (which is ridiculously too short) is the cause of these connection problems."
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"Some people complain about the cable, but I have no problem with it."
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"The cable is perfect and because of the very light case, will actually support the drive vertically if it is allowed to 'lean' against the back of the monitor."
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"The devise works great its the connection cable thats giving problems."
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"I should also mention that I find the short length of this cable an advantage when connecting to a laptop."
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"If you are using USB 3.0 then all is well and the supplied cable works great."
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"About the only bad thing I can say about it is the cable is pretty short, so the drive hangs in mid air from most devices I use it with, which looks goofy but so far hasn't caused any problems."
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Connection

Connection:
"It was a hassle to connect this SSD to my Ubuntu machine."
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"The devise works great its the connection cable thats giving problems."
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"EDIT 1: I've seen several reviews running back to January 2015 about the possibility that the cable (which is ridiculously too short) is the cause of these connection problems."
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"EDIT 3: Over the last three months, the intermittent connection problem I noted, below, has extended itself from the initial drive setup, past a 50% successful connection rate in regular use, and into a definite connection struggle."
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"Same problem: sometimes it connected and sometimes it didn't."
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"(To note, I also have a usb3 hub and saw no degradation in connect times or performance for all of the tests I did here with and without that hub).I then ran hard drive read write stress tests using 5 GB files and my hard drive benchmarking software."
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"The devise works great its the connection cable thats giving problems."
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"I should also mention that I find the short length of this cable an advantage when connecting to a laptop."
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"Without the mandatory, hidden Samsung utility and without my initial connection problems, I'd have given this a full 5 stars."
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"Easy to set-up; just connect the micro USB3 end into your USB3(or 2) computer."
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"Pros:High Speeds-Need to have USB 3.0 or connect to oneNice value for priceShort Cable is good if you like the distanceVery light weight-The box that it came in is heavier than ~6 of these T1's - Also the box is thicker due to the doc it came with and the safety of the cableCons:Cable is short so go get a longer one-I suggest StarTech B00KTKTBLU for price keeping and length of cableSince its new when you register it must be on or after Feb. 1 2015 and not before(unless you purchase it sometime this month)-Also no product support for awhile since samsung is probably doing it at the momentAlso if you have norton 360 it finds the app as a [SONAR."
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Price

Price:
"The only downside that I can think of is the price of course."
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"The only downside I can find with this drive is the price."
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"I love this product and would highly recommend it as long as you get it for a good price."
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"I love it, makes games load much faster and it's a great price for what you're getting."
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"More important is that it is fast, light, and good value for money."
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"The price is a little high on these but they do work great."
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"Highly recommended if you don't mind the price."
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Read

Read:
"It requires custom kernel level drives, and if you even try to format partition it with Disk Utility it will sit there for hours while you Google the universe trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with this thing... And then you find out, you should have read the reviews more closely."
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"com web site and reviewed the specs and FAQs and downloaded the documentation ( the documentation that is sent with the unit is printed very small and hard to read)."
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"Great read write speeds."
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"Used with my MacBook (2015) and the read write speeds are very good."
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"The read write is good enough to function as the only drive for that."
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"Read and write speeds are excellent, very little difference in this external drive and an internal drive."
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"SAMSUNG Engineering, please read this:The Samsung SSD T1 is a fabulously fast USB 3 almost-normal-SSD device."
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Speed

Speed:
"Seems like a great consumer drive, but server backups seem to be very error prone... the drives are very fast and light... an amazing product from that perspective."
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"It is hard to believe that so much fast storage fits in such a small space."
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"Summary: This drive was fast and allowed me to boot osx perfectly, until it failed (twice)."
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"I was a bit hesitant to order this product wondering if Samsung was somehow going to 'pull a fast one' on me (I seriously wondered if they'd hidden a regular SD card in a fancy little case)."
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"Copying 21GB from a SSD, using a USB3 port, I was only able to obtain 30 to 120 MB s. After disabling the security, I only managed 55 MB s. This speed is disappointing, as I was able to copy at 35 MB s from my CF card directly to an old-fashioned HDD."
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"I really do LOVE the size of this drive and the speed is lightening quick but in addition to my dislike of the activation process there are a few other issues that I have with it:1."
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"Extremely fast drive, I love it."
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"Great read write speeds."
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"Great SSD, easy to set up, and very fast!"
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"Used with my MacBook (2015) and the read write speeds are very good."
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"while the form its nice, which is good for someone interested in carry it in your pocket, its not as fast as having a samsung evo 850 with a cable to usb... and then you can still connect the evo 850 to your computer using the x-dock port or the sata port if needed to obtain the fastest speed possible... a usb 3.0 is good for the road, but no the best if you are finally in your home."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"Would not recommend to anyone until Samsung will fix this error - this SSD simply CAN NOT transfer multiple files of large format."
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"For some reason I was unable to get it to work with the TV so I have to download movies then transfer to a thumb-drive."
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"IT professional, excellent security and file transfer rates."
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"The transfer rate is easily noticeable as much faster than standard drives."
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"The transfer rate on this SSD is amazing."
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"So far so good, very quick transfer, light and functional *fingers crossed for longevity*"
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"As a portable device, this is the top of the top: very fast (I was able to transfer 20 GB of photos - up to 20 MB each - in roughly 5 minutes), tiny and portable, and to some degree a lot safer since SSD drives do not have movable parts."
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Windows

Windows:
"Then I used on windows 10 machine no problem."
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"My Lenovo T61 laptop with Windows XP would not recognize this drive at all, after multiple attempts."
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"Windows 7 complains that derive is in use."
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"(If you choose to leave the encryption on and set a password, then you will have to use the Samsung software to unencrypt it each time you plug it in, and therefore you can only use the drive on a PC running Windows 7+ or a Mac).None of that is particularly annoying, in itself."
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"Initially, I thought this was a problem with the Windows drivers."
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"The only drawback is that software for Mac or Windows is needed both to activate the drive and to support data encryption and if the T1 is used with devices other than a Windows or Mac computer, the password protection must be temporarily disabled."
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"This could very well be a Windows 10 issue, though."
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"Since Windows 8.1 continually backs up, the process is now completely effortless."
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"We have had the T1 attached to a two-year old Toshiba laptop running Windows 8.1 for over two weeks with no problems whatsoever."
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"I tried the Samsung T1 on 3 computers:* My Great Nephew's recent model Asus Windows 8.1 laptop with USB 3.0."
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"The stock drivers on my great nephew's ASUS Windows 8.1 laptop was about half the systems with the latest drivers."
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Write

Write:
"For 128MB files and larger, it reached consistent write speeds about 220MB s and read speeds of 256MB s. Now for this Samsung Mini SSD... Once I hit 32MB files, I broke 336MB s for write speeds, 359MB s for write speeds."
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"Great read write speeds."
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"Used with my MacBook (2015) and the read write speeds are very good."
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"The read write is good enough to function as the only drive for that."
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"Read and write speeds are excellent, very little difference in this external drive and an internal drive."
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"Super fast read write speeds make it easy to manage space on my laptop."
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