Samsung T7 Shield review: Fast and durable SSD storage on the go

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Samsung SSD adds a new one to its T7 line. Joining the standard T7 and T7 Touch is the all-new Samsung T7 Shield that has expanded durability and resistance compared to its siblings.

The popularity of Samsung’s T7 line says a lot about the quality of the drives. They have been the preferred choice of creative professionals since they replaced the T5 series.

While the T5 was limited to a basic engine, the T7 line now had a base model, a second with biometric security, and a rugged third concealed in a rubber casing.

Durable by design

The T7 Shield comes in 1TB and 2TB versions, and compared to the previous T7, the T7 Shield is slightly larger. It is very clear that it has the same basic internal parts but is backed by a rubber cover.

Samsung T7 Shield and T7 Touch

Both drives can easily fit in your pocket or gear bag. Thanks to this rubber, the T7 Shield can withstand falls from a height of up to three meters – 9.8 feet – much higher than a typical one.

It also has an IP65 resistance rating. The number “6” in IP65 means that it is dust-resistant while the number “5” means that it can withstand water flowing from any direction from the nozzle. Unfortunately, it cannot be immersed in water.

For normal use, rain, snow, and splashes will leave your drive undamaged. Samsung also says it can withstand extreme temperatures, allowing you to work just about anywhere.

Samsung T7 Shield USB-C Port

Samsung T7 Shield USB-C Port

One end of the drive has a USB-C port next to the small status light. You can also see how the rubber casing extends past the end to help protect it when dropped.

We tested a pre-production unit from the T7 Shield which had a slight problem. The USB-C port was weak and could easily release the cable when moving it. Samsung told us that this issue was fixed in the full production version of the drives.

Samsung T7 Shield colors

Samsung T7 Shield colors

Our model came in blue, although light gray and black are also available if they’re more stylish. We love this blue though.

Samsung T7 Shield with iPad pro

Samsung T7 Shield with iPad Pro

Since this drive is USB-C, it can be used with a variety of devices. We tested it with MacBook Pro and iPad Pro although Windows PC and Android devices will also work.

The only negative we noticed with this drive in our testing was that the rubbery exterior — like silicone iPhone cases — tends to attract dust or lint. We would pull the drive out of our pocket and see it covered in little spots. Black and white are likely to show this a bit more than blue.

Great SSD speeds

Samsung promises a theoretical maximum read speed of 1,050MB/s and a maximum write speed of 1,000MB/s for the T7 Shield, as promised by the T7. These speeds will be highly dependent on your host system, the files you’re transferring, and the file system format of the drive itself.

Samsung T7 Shield speeds

Samsung T7 Shield speeds

In our tests with the Blackmagic Disk Speed ​​Test, we saw write speeds around 800 MB/s and read speeds around 711 MB/s. It’s advertised below, but it’s totally reasonable.

This was when formatted as HFS and used with our MacBook Pro. We recently reviewed the CalDigit Tuff Nano Plus and it appears to be slightly superior to the T7 Shield, even though both have more than enough speeds.

Should you buy a Samsung T7 Shield SSD?

We’ve used the T7 and T7 Touch motors for the past year or two. It has always been reliable because it is elegant. There are times when we step out of the office and need something a little more durable — especially if used with the iPad Pro.

Samsung T7 Shield

Samsung T7 Shield

This newcomer to the lineup fills a gap for those who need something more durable. It’s a competitive space but Samsung has the proportions needed to stand out from its competitors. The full body cover also helps compared to the similar CalDigit Tuff Nano.

Not everyone will need the durability of the T7 Shield, but that’s what other T7 drives are for. If you need durability, Samsung now has a solution for you to consider.

Samsung T7 Shield

Samsung T7 Shield

  • Gorgeous solid design
  • I love blue color
  • Fast NVMe SSD speeds
  • USB-C and USB-A cables included
  • Three options now in the T7 lineup
  • Includes Samsung software
  • The rubber casing can attract lint
  • can not be submerged

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Where do I buy?

Samsung’s new T7 Shield is now available from several retailers including and through Amazon. The 1 TB version retails for $144, and the 2 TB version is priced at $261.

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