Tuesday, April 26th 2022

Samsung's Rugged T7 Shield Portable SSD Offers Durability and Fast Sustained Performance

Samsung Electronics today announced the release of its latest external storage device, the T7 Shield Portable Solid State Drive (PSSD), bringing exceptional performance and reliability in a durable, credit card size design. The T7 Shield is the newest addition to the Samsung T7 Portable SSD family that includes the T7, a daily driver that provides incredibly fast speeds in a sleek design, and the T7 Touch, a CES award-winning PSSD with a built-in fingerprint sensor for enhanced data protection. "Creative professionals and consumers want durable, high-performance and reliable SSDs with the assurance their data will remain safeguarded, even when dropped, exposed to water or used outdoors," said KyuYoung Lee, Vice President of Memory Brand Product Biz Team at Samsung Electronics. "The T7 Shield offers extensive compatibility, enabling consumers to use the new SSD on multiple devices including PC, android smartphone and game console."

The T7 Shield is Samsung's most durable PSSD to date, making it ideal for outdoor content creators or travelers who need data-rich experience without having to worry about data loss from exposure to the elements or life's mishaps. Carefully engineered by Samsung from the inside out, the T7 Shield is shock-resistant from drops of up to three meters, while being IP65-certified as dustproof and water resistant. Despite the new rugged design, the T7 Shield is compact and lightweight, weighing a mere 98 grams.
Exceptional Performance
The T7 Shield delivers a read speed of 1,050 megabytes per second (MB/s) and a write speed of 1,000 MB/s, which are the fastest transfer speeds currently available based on the USB 3.2 Gen2 standard. It is approximately twice as fast as its predecessor, the T5, and up to 9.5 times faster than external hard disk drives (HDDs), saving consumers, digital creators and professionals valuable time.

Samsung has also optimized the inside and outside of the product, by changing the surface material and improving the software in the T7 Shield, to solve the performance degradation and overheating that occur when transferring large files. Due to this change, there is no performance degradation even when files of 2 TB are moved at once, and heat generation is minimized, which help solve the inconvenience that consumers may experience. Through this, it is possible to transmit data stably without performance drop, even when performing data-heavy, continuous tasks such as high-quality video recording, editing, encoding and rendering. This alleviates concerns over inconsistent drive performance.

Wide Compatibility and Strong Security
Designed to work across multiple devices, Samsung's T7 Shield can store large numbers of pictures, games as well as 4K and 8K videos whether on a PC, Mac, Smartphone (Android), or game console. Additionally, the T7 Shield has strengthened security (256-bit AES, Advanced Encryption Standard) with hardware encryption so that consumer data can be safely protected even if the T7 shield is lost. Plus, it provides access to Samsung's Magician Software which lets users to conveniently manage the drive.

Eco-Conscious Packaging
As with Samsung's other portable SSD lineups, the T7 Shield uses one-third of the tray packaging compared to prior generations, while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions during its production through production efficiency.

Available in beige, black and blue to satisfy user preferences, the T7 Shield is offered in 1 TB and 2 TB sizes, making it suitable for a wide range of use cases. The drive comes with a USB Type-C-to-C cable and a USB Type-C-to-A cable, and includes a three-year limited warranty with the manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) of $159.99 for the 1 TB and $289.99 for the 2 TB. The T7 Shield is available worldwide starting today.
Source: Samsung
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7 Comments on Samsung's Rugged T7 Shield Portable SSD Offers Durability and Fast Sustained Performance

#1
Ferrum Master
The Type-C connector doesn't have any cover? Are they retarded or what? Those things rot...
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bonehead123
TheLostSwederead speed of 1,050 megabytes per second (MB/s) and a write speed of 1,000 MB/s
Umm... since when is this considered "exceptional" speeds for an nvme drive ???
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MarsM4N
bonehead123Umm... since when is this considered "exceptional" speeds for an nvme drive ???
For sure not "exeptional" for an USB3.2 drive. Most of the listed do 2.000 MB/s read/write.
All of the "Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield" are listed under USB-C3.1, which might explain the low speed.
Don't understand why Samsung is cheaping out on the connectors. Costs half the speed, man.

Guess @TheLostSwede got the wrong press release papers from Samsung. :laugh:
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TheLostSwede
MarsM4NFor sure not "exeptional" for an USB3.2 drive. Most of the listed do 2.000 MB/s read/write.
All of the "Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield" are listed under USB-C3.1, which might explain the low speed.
Don't understand why Samsung is cheaping out on the connectors. Costs half the speed, man.

Guess @TheLostSwede got the wrong press release papers from Samsung. :laugh:
It's about the controller, not the connector.
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#5
Chaitanya
TheLostSwedeIt's about the controller, not the connector.
Also 20Gbps adoption hasnt been perfect and majority of PCs(handful of AMD boards and latest Z series from Intel feature it) dont even come with USB 3.2 Gen2x2 connections to begin with.
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#6
progste
I was considering one of these last year, but in the end went for just an enclosure as it made way more sense and was a lot cheaper.
Who exactly needs a portable drive to be dunked in the water or sand?
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MarsM4N
TheLostSwedeIt's about the controller, not the connector.
Right. It's not even clear what controller they are using. Some outlet report ASMedia ASM2362, some report it's using a ASMedia ASM2342 or ASMedia ASM3242.

The ASMedia controller might be the reason why the drive is only pushing to 1.050 MB/s. The WD Black P50 Game Drive SSD also is using a ASMedia controller, the ASM3242. The drive is advertised as USB 3.2 Gen 2 / 2.000 MB/s, which it can not reach. As HardwareCanucks reported, running the drive in 20Gbps mode (USB 3.2 Gen 2x2), you end up with corrupted files. They discovered it Feb 2020 & to this day it's not fixed by WD. In the comments section of ComputerBase's review a user reports that their "fix" disconnects the drive when running in 20Gbps mode & reconnects the drive in 10Gbps mode. That's just laughable. And it's even more laughable that they still sell the drive as "20Gbps". :mad:

So much shady business in the HDD & SSD sector. Misleading & false advertisements.

"IP65 rating for water and dust resistance, with Dynamic Thermal Guard to control heat." Samsung

Also Samsung (fine print): "** This device has a IP65 rating based on internal testing conducted under controlled conditions. Water and dust resistance capabilities may vary depending on the actual environmental conditions. Damage caused by liquid and dust are not covered under warranty."

The funny thing is that the fine print is missing on the US website. On the German, UK or Canadian site it's there. Would be interresting to know the legal reasons for this. I mean they even put warnings on coffee cups in the US. Does their US warranty just cover anything, or nothing? :confused:
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