The Samsung T7 Shield is now available. The SSD comes in two versions: 1TB and 2TB. Both are sized similarly to a credit card.

The T7 Shield weighs less than 100 grams and fits in a pocket. The 1TB version has a retail price of 170 euros; the 2TB version is priced at 320 euros.

The drive has been subjected to two resistance tests: IP5 and IP6. The IP5 test involves spraying a device with water for three minutes. In the IP6 test, a device is exposed to dust for eight hours. Although both tests were passed, we can’t recommend subjecting the disk to water. Dust and water damage aren’t covered by a warranty.

Samsung designed the T7 for a broad target group. Consumers come to mind, but the T7 is just as applicable in business environments. For instance, when regularly flying without wifi and working with large files, it can be handy to have a lightweight drive available.

Speed and USB Type-C

Both models run on USB 3.2 Gen2. The input is USB Type-C. All orders are supplied with a USB Type-C-to-C and Type C-to-A cable. Data is automatically encrypted with 256-bit AES. Reading speed peaks at 1,050 MB/s; writing speed at 1,000 MB/s. These are the highest speeds supported by USB 3.2 Gen2. Data moves twice as fast as the T5 Shield, the previous model in the series.

The drive supports Samsung SSD Magician7. The software allows users to monitor the performance of an SSD. The dashboard provides an overview of possible problems. Furthermore, the app offers four energy settings and a handy tool to safely remove all data from a drive.

PCIe 5.0

As mentioned before, the Shield T7 runs on USB 3.2 Gen2. Samsung’s complete portfolio, you will find models with various inputs, including PCIe. At the end of 2021, it announced the first PCIe 5.0 model. The so-called PM1743 is particularly suitable for high-performance servers.

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