Samsung SSD T7 Touch (1TB) Inspection: Safety and speed updates make the SSD T7 Touch a compelling upgrade.
Samsung was among the first companies to launch and market portable SSDs in India. It’s quick, reasonably priced, and widely accessible.
Samsung’s internal as well as external drives tend to be cost-effective, but we are now at a point where multiple companies have entered the fray. Mobile SSDs are starting to become commoditised, meaning besides external layout, there’s very little identifying every brand from the next.
To stay ahead of the curve, Samsung has introduced its own brand new SSD T7 Touch that features a fingerprint sensor for security.
Previous models have offered hardware encryption which is enabled with a password, so the fingerprint sensor is only a brand new way to use this capability, not a new level of safety as it might seem.
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It’s still more than what many others offer however and will be more convenient for a lot of people. Is the SSD T7 Touch defined only by this one attribute, or is it a worthwhile update to the excellent SSD T5? Read our full review to find out.
Samsung seems to have depended on easy design for its mobile SSDs, and the new SSD T7 Touch signifies only a small development when compared with the SSD T5 and the SSD T3 before it.
The body is currently just a bit thinner and also a bit longer, but it’s still just about palm-sized and will fit very easily into almost any pocket. The outer shell is made of metal and curves around the longer sides without any seams, with the shorter sides are flattened.
Weighing just 58g, this device is extraordinarily mobile but doesn’t feel flimsy at all. In 8mm thick, it is slimmer than many current smartphones.
This is one of the very premium-looking mobile SSDs we’ve encountered of late, however the metal exterior will be susceptible to scuffs and nicks if not handled with care. You have a choice between silver and black, each of which look great.
You might not initially comprehend that the square on front is a fingerprint sensor. The border lights up with blue LEDs when the drive is plugged in and functioning, and there’s a spinning animation that is not just necessary but looks excellent.
In the box, you get USB Type-A and Type-C cables which are much longer than usual, which means that plugging into the back of a desktop PC is easy.
The SSD T7 Touch will work like any other storage device if you merely plug it in, but you’ll need Samsung’s Portable SSD Plus applications to set up encryption and fingerprint recognition. (Samsung SSD T7 Touch (1TB) Inspection)
Executables for both Windows and macOS are contained on the drive itself, along with the Android app can be downloaded from the Google Play store.
Samsung SSD T7 Touch Fingerprint and Encryption
It isn’t enabled by default, which means that you can just plug the drive into almost any compatible device and use it when you take it out of the retail box.
As soon as you do install the software on any PC, you’ll have to pick a password and you are warned that there is no way to store data on the drive if you overlook it.
The fingerprint sensor is thankfully independent of orientation so you don’t have to place the entire body of this SSD any specific way. It functions pretty much instantly and is very handy. (Samsung SSD T7 Touch (1TB) Inspection)
If you have ever used a telephone with a fingerprint sensor, then there is no learning curve at all. When encryption is enabled, plugging the drive into any PC will show only a 50MB partition that is large enough for Samsung’s software installers.
The best part is you don’t have to install any applications on a PC you are using temporarily just a fingerprint will unlock the drive.
We have seen devices in the past that call for a small app to be run on guest computers to allow you type in a password, and that is taken care of on the drive itself now.
This also means that you may unlock the SSD if it’s plugged into a game console or every other type of host device.
One factor that is missing is a timeout function the driveway will not lock itself after a period of inactivity when plugged in, and won’t demand the password occasionally, which would have been nice.
A fingerprint might not be enough security if you’re storing very sensitive material, but it’s extremely convenient if you want a deterrent to casual snoopers. (Samsung SSD T7 Touch (1TB) Inspection)
We tried using the SSD T7 Touch with a Google Pixel 3 running Android 10, and it worked just fine when plugged in with its USB Type-C cable.
The same as on our Windows and Mac evaluation systems, only the little partition was visible till we touched on the detector. However, after decrypting the drive, our phone told us that it had to be formatted and couldn’t be recognised.
The Samsung Portable SSD program will allow you to enroll and alter fingerprints like any PC, but there is also another identically named app that’s used for your SSD T5 and T3 and won’t recognise this model that is only unnecessarily confusing.
Samsung SSD T7 Touch specifications and functionality
For storage capacity, you can choose between 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. Samsung clearly is not targeting the low end of this market, and has used a speedy NVMe SSD that can take advantage of the 10Gbps bandwidth of a USB 3.2 Gen2 link (that is, confusingly, the same as USB 3.1 Gen2).
You’ll need a comparatively modern PC in order to harness this type of speed. Samsung creates the rough claims that successive write and read rates are up to 1050MBps and 1000MBps respectively quite nearly double that of their SSD T5, which is rated at 540MBps.
That is still not as quickly as the Samsung SSD X5 which uses Thunderbolt 3, but it is far more affordable. There is no reference of shock or waterproofing resistance, which many other mobile SSDs do boast of.
The driveway is thought to have the ability to withstand falls from as high as 2m though. You also receive a standard 3-year guarantee.
Our 1TB review device was formatted to the exFAT file system by default, which is widely compatible with PCs, Macs, and other modern devices. We tested this SSD with an HP Spectre x360 13 aw0205tu laptop because of its current-gen hardware and high-speed Thunderbolt 3 ports to guarantee zero bottlenecks. (Samsung SSD T7 Touch (1TB) Inspection)
Crystaldiskmark reported successive read and write speeds of 974.3MBps and 982.7MBps respectively, which dropped slightly short of Samsung’s best-case-scenario amounts but was still very impressive even by SSD criteria.
Random write and read speeds, which are more representative of average workloads, were 271.6MBps and 284.3MBps respectively. Then we moved on to the Anvil benchmark that revealed read and write dozens of 1,955.04 and 2,200.07 points for a total of 4,155.11.
Even with casual use, copying a 45.6GB Steam game with many different file types and sizes, we saw quite zippy performance, and speeds didn’t fall off a cliff following a short period due to overheating or buffer modification.
We are seeing a new production of NVMe portable SSDs starting to reach the market, which is excellent since the standard to exploit them is currently available.
Not many PCs feature 10GBps-capable USB ports but devices like this will fuel a few demand, helping the standard spread. We recently reviewed the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD which promised similar speeds and performed slightly worse, though it does have an IP55 evaluation for bodily protection. (Samsung SSD T7 Touch (1TB) Inspection)
Despite its rate, we believe the main draw here is going to be the fingerprint sensor, which adds a layer of security without making life harder for the user.
In general, the Samsung SSD T7 Touch is greater than a worthy successor to the SSD T5, earning a new generation of hardware with greater speed and attributes although at a greater price, at least for now. (Samsung SSD T7 Touch (1TB) Inspection)
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