Samsung’s new external drive puts a Terabyte in our pockets
Samsung unveiled a new range of rather smart-looking external portable solid-state drives that are no bigger than a business card at its Consumer Electronics Show presentation yesterday.It is now expected to take on the likes of Western Digital, Seagate, and Toshiba, which largely sell external hard drives and hybrid SSD-hard drive products.The devices support USB 3.0 input and are PC and Mac compatible and when they go on sale later this year with different capacities ranging from 250GB, 500GB and 1TB models.However, despite their diminutive size of 71 x 9.2 x 53.2mm, they can store between 250GB and 1TB depending on the model and, thanks to being solid-state rather than spinning disks, they can transfer files at a speed of 450MB a second.That means that the average DVD-resolution feature film 3GB can be copied over in just 8 seconds, while something in full HD and therefore 10GB is ready to go in 27 seconds. To put that in perspective an external HDD ‘spinning’ hard disk would need 85 seconds to copy over a 10GB file.The Portable SSD T1 allows users to store their entire digital portfolio locally in one place, take it with them anywhere and have blazing fast access to their data, all without worrying about reliability or security,” according to the company sales website. The lightweight drives have capacities of up to 1TB and are small enough to fit in pocket. However, they more expensive than magnetic hard drives, though, which come in capacities of up to 6TB.
The website also adds that ”Our digital lives demand storage that surpasses the limits of existing options, which require consumers to compromise, when it comes to mobility, capacity, security or performance. The Portable SSD T1 overcomes the drawbacks of alternative options on every major pain point, making it the next external storage device of choice.”In order to show that this is a device aimed at business professionals first and foremost, each of the drives in the range comes with a laser-etched black metal chrome-coated finish and hard-core password-protected encryption. But the truth is that the pocket drives are small enough, fast enough and robust enough to appeal to anyone who wants extra storage space on the go or who wants to carry other files on them securely, whether heading to a meeting or heading off on a vacation.With this in mind, the device can survive knocks and drops and uses something called thermal dynamic guard, which basically means that even in extremely hot or cold environments, the data stored on the hard disk shouldn’t corrupt.Samsung’s portable SSDs will be faster and more power-efficient than external hard drives.Generally, SSDs are faster at reading and writing data than hard drives and don’t have spinning disks, which experts have blamed on prevalent in hard drives and are said to draw a lot of power when reading and writing data.For more visit:http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/global/html/portablessdt1/overview.html.