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Speedy new Samsung T9 portable SSD puts 4TB in your pocket


Samsung T9 portable SSD
The Samsung T9 SSD is small but holds terabytes of data.
Photo: Samsung

The just-launched Samsung T9 solid-state drive is small enough and tough enough to go almost anywhere. And it’s available in capacities up to 4 terabytes.

The USB-C drive offers high-speed data transfers, and support for USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 allows files to move even faster … but not for Mac users.

T9 is a new generation of Samsung SSDs

When the Samsung T7 launched back in 2020, it brought 2TB of storage in pocketable format. It’s since gone rugged and expanded to 4TB. The Samsung T9 portable SSD adds to its predecessor’s feature set.

“Sporting a stylish and portable design, the T9 is the perfect choice for content creators thanks to its fast
transfer speeds, ample storage, and durability,” said a Samsung spokesperson.

Solid-state drives heat up when transferring large amounts of data. The T9 has been designed to handle this. “Its advanced thermal solution withstands and controls heat to keep the SSD at ideal temperatures — even in heavy use,” promises Samsung. That means the casing temperature doesn’t get above 140 degrees.

It is 3.5 inches by 2.4 inches by 0.6 inches (88mm x 60mm x 14mm), slightly larger than the original T7. And while not intended to be overtly rugged, the accessory can survive drops up to 9.8 feet (3 meters), according to its maker.

Fast and faster

The Samsung T9 supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 over its USB-C port, and offers max read speeds of up to 1,050 MB/s and write speeds of 1,000 MB/s.

The drive also supports USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, which means it can transfer data at up to 2,000 MB/s. However, Macs do not currently support USB 3.2 Gen 2×2. Apple’s focus is more on Thunderbolt, which is even faster.

Because the T9 uses an industry standard connector, the accessory is compatible with Mac, most iPads and even the new iPhone 15 series. It also works with Windows, Android, game consoles and professional cameras.

The product comes with cables for connecting to USB-C and USB-ports on host devices. It’s powered by its data cable so no additional one is needed.

Samsung T9 now on the market

Pricing for Samsung’s latest est portable solid-state drive starts at $140 and goes up to $440, depending on the capacity.

Buy it from: Samsung

Mac users looking for a more affordable option might consider the Kingston XS1000 External SSD. It’s 1TB version lists for $64.99 while the 2TB version goes for $109.99.


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