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Samsung T7 Shield 2TB External SSD Review

Rating: 8.5.

The latest addition to Samsung's T7 external SSD family is the T7 Shield. It joins the standard T7 and the T7 Touch which has built-in fingerprint recognition, which we reviewed back in 2020. The new T7 Shield has extra protection thanks to a rubber covering on top of the aluminium body. Priced at just over £200 for the 2TB model, we find out if it is worth the cash.

At launch, the T7 Shield comes in just two capacities, 1TB and the 2TB model we are reviewing here. Unlike the standard T7 and T7 Touch there is no 500GB entry model. Both the 1TB and 2TB models have the same official Sequential transfer rates of up to 1,050MB/s for reads and up to 1,000MB/s for writes.

The drive uses a USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Type C interface and comes with hardware-accelerated AES-256 encryption. The rubber covering allows the drive to achieve an IP65 rating for water and dust resistance.

Physical Specifications:

  • Usable Capacities: 2TB.
  • NAND Components: Samsung TLC V-NAND.
  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen2 (10Gbps).
  • Form Factor: External.
  • NAND Controller: Samsung.
  • Dimensions: 89 x 59 x13mm.
  • Drive Weight: 98g.

Firmware Version: FXI7P2Q.

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