April 4, 2022

Samsung T7 Shield: More Durable Version of Portable USB-C SSD 

Samsung has announced the T7 Shield USB-C portable SSD, which, by all accounts, has the same internal hardware as the T7 but with a more rugged design that endows it with IP65 water and dust resistance.

The grippy rubber coating inherently makes it better at deflecting scuffs and scratches than the metal design of the T7, and it boasts better drop resistance of up to 9.8 feet.

And thanks to that rubber, Samsung says it can maintain high performance, transferring up to 2TB of data without triggering its Dynamic Thermal Guard feature that throttles data transfer speeds to safeguard the hardware.

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The T7 Shield is available today in 1TB and 2TB configurations, priced at $143.99 and $260.99, respectively. It has the same transfer speeds as the T7 and T7 Touch (the latter I reviewed here), delivering sequential read speeds of up to 1,050MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 1,000MB/s.

Samsung T7 Shield

The T7 Shield is available in black, beige, or blue color options, and each includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A cable. It’s compatible with Windows PCs and macOS and Android phones, game consoles, and more.

Samsung sent over a pre-production sample to test out, and its performance is just as speedy as the T7. However, its USB-C cable tended to wiggle out of the port with little provocation, which was worrying. In a phone call, Samsung spokesperson Courtney Camp shared that this issue is limited to pre-production samples and isn’t indicative of a similar problem popping up in the retail version.

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As with previous Samsung USB-C SSDs, the prices will likely decrease soon enough. But, if the rubber coating isn’t vital to you, you can get the standard T7 in the 1TB ($114.99) configuration for far less than this new version costs at launch. Otherwise, the 2TB T7 currently trades for $229.99, and think the IP65 protection is worth an extra $30.

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