Samsung T7 Shield 1TB external SSD review
Samsung T7 Shield is a part of Samsung’s T7 series. It is offered in the capacity of 1TB and 2TB. There isn’t anything much special to talk about this product other than the fact that they improved the durability of the T7 (marketed previously) and launched the T7 Shield. So, in terms of the design, it is a good product but not something you’d be too excited to buy at a high price, especially when there are other models by other brands and even by Samsung that are more affordable and offer more than this particular external SSD.
Those who are loyal fans and customers of Samsung might benefit from the T7 Shield because it has gotten the IP65 rating. The IP rating is a certificate of durability given to the product, meaning T7 Shield is shock-resistant, waterproof and dust-resistant. So, that adds an advantage to it. Given that the original T7 lacked a robust design, T7 Shield makes up for it.
The Australian price for this portable SSD (1TB) is $220, and (2TB) is $401. In the US, you could get it for $159 for 1TB and $289 for 2TB.
- Storage: 1TB M.2 2280
- Controller: Samsung Pablo
- Ports: Gen 2 USB-Type C 3.2 port (10 Gbps)
- Encryption: AES 256-bit hardware encryption
- Sequential read/write Speed: 1050Mbps/1000Mbps
- Software: Samsung Portable SSD 1.0
- Dimensions: 88 x 59 x 13mm
- Weight: 3.5 oz.
Constructed with an aluminum body and rugged rubber, T7 Shield won’t break even when hit by a 3-meter fall. The robust exterior is, after all, the stand-out market point that makes T7 Shield special and distinguishes it from T7. This is the perfect SSD for traveling, so freelance photographers, travel vloggers, and others with outdoor jobs can rely on this model in their adventures.
It has a USB Type-C port that allows connection with various types of devices like your tablet, smartphone, gaming consoles, and Mac. The colour scheme it comes with is black, blue, and beige, which give a classy and minimalist look.
This SSD contains V-NAND and 128-layer NVme Samsung Pablo with no DRAM. Overall, it gives a consistent outcome, but it isn’t the fastest solid-state drive that’s offered in the market, so when you weigh it against its competitors, you might want to consider other options.
You do get the advantage of locking your data that keeps it secure and protected with a password. As per benchmarks, the CrystalDiskMark recorded 975Mbps read speed, and 949Mbps write speed. In AJA, the read speed came at 835 Mbps and the write speed at 817 Mbps.
The Bottom Line:
Samsung T7 shield has a pretty solid and robust cover. If you are an avid user of the Samsung brand and only like using its products, then it will be a good choice to buy this external SSD as it does provide ample storage space and decent read/write speed. Also, it is pricey. However, you can opt for other brands like Kingston XS2000 or SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD. Gamers can invest in Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSD as it provides ultra-fast read/write speed.