T7 SSD Review

Samsung T7 portable SSD Review

T7 SSD: Our Verdict

T7 SSD Star Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Pros

  • Slim and stylish profile
  • Fast transfer speeds
  • Colour choices make organisation across multiple SSDs easy

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Only a little but more for extra protection (T7 Shield) or extra security (T7 Touch)

Technical Details

Main Materials

Solid Aliminium unibody


Dimensions

85mm x 8mm x 57mm


Weight

58g


Colour Options

Indigo Blue, Titan Grey and Metallic Red


Security

Password Protection

Where to buy a T7 SSD

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T7 SSD: First Impressions

I am always going through SSD drives. They are great to carry with you on the road, as you can back up your photos and keep them safe. Or just have a local drive to edit photos when there’s no signal. Having filled up my other SSDs quickly, I decided to grab a few more and label them for different content and make it easier to find. Usually when on the road I opt for the Sandisk Extreme for its rugged design. But for less intense photoshoots I grabbed a regular T7 after loving the T7 Touch. I also grabbed a 2TB T7 Shield I could use as a main backup.

The T7 has the same solid weight to it that I liked about the T7. It’s made of a brushed aliminium and has USB C output. It feels more premium than some of my other SSDs. But that’s the effect of having a metal instead of  plastic casing. I wouldn’t be concerned if this was knocking around in my bag, but I would mostly use this for city trips. Samsung highlights its compact and durable design and at first look I’m confident it can live up to that claim. 

Capacity

At the time of writing the T7 Touch comes in 500gb, 1TB and 2TB sizes. I am using and reviewing the 1TB version. Prices on SSD do rise exponentially as you increase capacity, so it’s good to buy the right size for what you need. If you are a photographer or content creator though I would recommend getting the largest you can. I tend to take a lot of photos, and when I do record videos I usually record in the highest quality and reduce later. Taking up a lot of storage. 

Setting Up

Unlike the T7 Touch there’s no set-up required. You can plug in the T7 and start transferring documents straight away. Without the fingerprint reader you don’t need to do any setting up unless you want to add security.

Security

Without the fingerprint sensor of the T7 Touch, the T7 can still include security. Instead of a fingerprint you can assign a manual password. If you decide to do this though it does mean any device you use the T7 on will have to have Samsung’s security software installed. For laptops and PC’s this is software, or for androids this is through an app on the Play Store. Since most of what I store is images, I’m not too fussed about having a password there, as I often use friends’ computers when I am having lessons on Lightroom.

Usage

It’s simple to use, just plug in and it works immediately. You can start transferring documents to it straight away without any faffing or set up. Great if you grab a new one and you just want to secure them straight away, or you forget one at home and you buy a brand new one in the airports duty free like I have had to in the past.

Transfer Speeds

The T7 range advertises some impressive transfer speeds, and in my experience it backs up those claims. SSDs are significantly faster than external hard drives, and the T7 can reach speeds of up to 1050mb/ps. Now it’s still gonna take a bit of time if you’re trying to fill it to capacity in one go. But when you’re transferring images in your hotel and want to head back out for dinner you’ll be grateful for its speed.

Colour Options

I have a few different SSDs all of which save different content. So having different colours makes it easy to remember what is saved where. So for example my T7 Touch has all the Brad’s Backpack content on it. The red T7 has all my product photography, and I can get a blue T7 to use for travel photography. I usually label them too but having different colours makes it easy to distinguish between them quickly.

T7 SSD: Final Thoughts

I love the Samsung T7 range. They offer great speeds and capacities, and they are priced around the market average. I would still say that of the SSDs I own, Samsung definitely makes the best looking. If you’re just looking to save general media then you don’t need fingerprint readers, but I will admit it is reassuring. However If I was to just pick one from the series to own, then I’d definitely pay that little bit extra for the security of the T7 Touch.

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