Samsung's new T1 drive makes it easy to slip up to 1TB of superfast solid-state storage into your pocket, with optional data encryption to keep your stuff safe from prying eyes.
If you've been around long enough to remember the first time you clamped eyes on a USB thumb drive – especially the original IBM Memory Key with its now-meagre 8MB capacity – you'll recognise the same lusty must-have feelings stirring at the sight of the Samsung T1.
Up to 1TB of lightning-fast solid-state storage sandwiched into a stylish little bento box that's smaller than a credit card, and at 30 grams makes barely a dent in your pocket?
Even if you don't actually need it, there's no denying that you want it.
But as a road warrior's companion to an ultrabook, or in some cases a Windows or Android tablet, it's not hard to justify that desire.
The T1's raw speed – a quantum faster than the spinning disks of any hard drive or conventional USB flash drives – makes it a doddle for backing up your work or dealing with large and complex project files such as design, multimedia and CAD work.
Samsung's preloaded software offers password-protected data encryption when used with Windows and Mac machines – a sensible move, as a lot of the files you'll want to store on the T1 will likely be sensitive 'eyes only' material.
The supplied microUSB to USB 3.0 cable hooks the T1 up to any laptop or desktop.
You can also connect the Samsung T1 directly to some tablets via their USB port, provided they work with 'USB on the Go' – there's no need to hook up a power supply, and the battery drain isn't much of a hit.
Prices kick off at $269 for the 250GB version, hitting $429 for 500GB and topping out at $799 for 1TB.
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