Product Comparison: Samsung T3 Portable vs SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD

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General Specifications
T3 Portable (MU-PT500B/AM)
Extreme 500
About the Product
Designed specifically for today's mobile lifestyles, the Samsung Portable SSD T3 offers a storage capacity of up to 500GB in a palm-sized design, making it easy to take all your important files with you.
The SanDisk Extreme 500 portable SSD is less than half the size of your smartphone and delivers up to 4x the speed of an external hard drive. Get to work in seconds, transfer big videos and photo libraries at up to 440MB/s—a speed that external hard drives can only dream about.
Key Specs
Available Capacities
250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB
120 GB, 240 GB
Max. Transfer Speed
450 MB/sec
440 MB/sec
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Samsung T3 Portable External SSD
  • This is a great portable storage device that's fast enough for just about any use that might be thrown its way. Great for general video editing (even multicamera 4k edits) and certainly more than adequate for gaming.
  • This storage device is amazing in every respect. It's reasonably priced, has amazing transfer rates, and has plenty of storage.
  • Super fast, super compact... just super. I loved the first one so much I bought two more of the 1TB drives and one of the 2TB drives. I can now store everything I need and carry it with me wherever I go and never have to regret leaving a file at home.
  • Just to let you know that the 500 GB designation is not accurate. The hard drive I received did not accept the 470 GB's that I needed from it for a backup. I had to buy a bigger hard drive.
  • It gets hot! I copied about 24,000 files for a total 220 Gig (GB) of data to migrate from my old drive to new. When it got hot, the drive slowed down substantially!
SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD
  • Fast transfer speeds, pushed GBs of data in second
  • In comparing this drive to the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD, 480GB, I can see no difference in speed or size.
  • I use it for everything copying video files games and ill be using it when i go on vacation it's small, light and super rugged. the transfer speeds on this thing are amazing!
  • The R/W speed is as expected for a modern SSD, but what really makes this unique is the form factor.
  • Speed - can't really comment on (bottlenecks are probably elsewhere with my applications) but it works fine for me.
Size & Weight
Black / Silver
0.4 in.
2.98 in.
2.9 in.
2.98 in.
2.3 in.
0.39 in.
1.76 oz.
1.58 oz.
OS Compatibility
Windows, Mac OS X, Android
Windows, Mac OS X
USB 3.1
USB 3.0
Password Setting
Data Protection
Shock-resistant, AES 256-bit encryption
Durable Design and AES Encryption Keep Your Data Safe, V-NAND Technology for Enhanced Performance, Compatible with Multiple Operating Systems and Devices
Rugged, durable design, Stays cool and quiet, Designed for Durability
What customers say about "Features"
Samsung T3 Portable External SSD
  • The software didn't require any genius set up and has been reliable. I supplement my storage with this device, primarily using a Drobo however if one has storage needs that fit the capacity this device would manage the entire library quite well.
  • Plugged it into Windows 10 PC and it was detected and picked up instantly.
  • It has a Type-C interface (USB SATA III out), but it now the T5's are out, so prices are going to start dropping, but if you are looking for a Solid State storage device, you will not go wrong with this product.
  • Encryption password is limited to around 16 characters. What kind of terrible security is that?!
  • If you encrypt the drive, you can't use it on Linux-based systems. That includes external media servers or NAS such as Synology DiskStation.
  • The drive itself seems cool, but the software (security enabler for T3) that comes with it is BUGGY AF.. I do not recommend installing it. I'm on day3 not being able to use my drive because I installed it and waiting on Samsung customer service which is also SLOW AF
SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD
  • The drive is suspended in mid-air by the cable. I find other SanDisk products to be well thought out, but this cable problem is truly a swing and a miss.
  • Small, rugged, fast and secure. I had great luck for the first while with these.
  • The SSD does come with an included black USB3 cable which is just about 8.5" in length and all the connections are nice and secure (perhaps a little too tight?)
  • The drive comes with some "Vault" software for extra security that I don't need. I just save my data outside of the vault on the drive.
  • Everything works perfect my taxes are done. You do have the option of encrypt and everything which I think is cool it does come with the pass code to access the hard drive so it is very secure.
Additional Accessories
Quick Start Guide, USB Type-C to Type-A cable
USB-C cable
SanDisk Secure Access software
Power Supply
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year(s)
3 year(s)
Other Information

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