Samsung T9 portable SSD review

A robust and sophisticated-looking portable SSD, but more importantly a very fast one

Samsung T9 portable SSD on a white wicker mat
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Samsung T9 improves on speed from the T7, not by as big of a margin as some might hope (or marketing might claim), but it is a substantial enough jump that this is a worthwhile buying decision over the T7, but don’t rush to upgrade all your existing SSDs right away. Samsung’s mass-market portable SSDs have always looked sleek and sophisticated compared to a lot of the competition, and this SSD takes that a notch further, incorporating a rugged rubberized exterior, but still managing to look suave enough to blend into the most aesthetic desk setup. There is also no faff when it comes to the T9, which comes with both a USB-C and USB-A cable and is ready for plug-and-play.


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    Fast transfer speeds

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    Rubberised robust design that looks great

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    USB-C and USB-A cables included


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    Faster options out there for demanding professionals

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    Top speeds are very dependant on your system

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Samsung maybe isn't the first name you think of when you think of SSDs and is better known for its Samsung Galaxy phones, as well as a wealth of other personal electronics. But Samsung has been steadily making both portable external and internal SSDs for some time.

Samsung's latest is the Samsung T9, which is a refinement of the different variations of the T7, T7 Touch, and T7 Shield that came before, taking some of the best bits of that hardware and combining it into this newer model, with new headline top speeds. But does the Samsung T9 have what it takes to keep up with the best from SanDisk and other more established SSDs?

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InterfaceUSB 3.2 Gen 2x2
Capacity1TB, 2TB, 4TB
PerformanceSequential Read Up to 2,000 MB/sec, Sequential Write Up to 1,950 MB/sec (1TB / 2TB), Sequential Write Up to 2,000 MB/sec (4TB)
Drop ratingUp to 3m (9.8ft)
SecurityAES 256-bit hardware encryption
Operating temperature0°C to 60°C
Non-operating temperature-40°C to 85°C
Weight122 g
Size88 x 60 x 14 mm

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.