Samsung SSD T7 Touch (1GB) Review


Samsung was one of many first firms to launch and promote transportable SSDs in India. Its earlier mannequin, the SSD T5, is one thing of a default suggestion. It’s quick, moderately priced, and broadly obtainable. Being the world’s largest producers of SSD flash reminiscence, the corporate can be normally early to market with improvements. Samsung’s inner in addition to exterior drives are typically cost-effective, however we’re now at some extent the place a number of firms have entered the fray. Portable SSDs are beginning to change into commoditised, which signifies that apart from exterior design, there’s little or no differentiating every model from the subsequent.

To keep forward of the curve, Samsung has launched its new SSD T7 Touch which includes a fingerprint sensor for safety. Previous fashions have supplied {hardware} encryption which is enabled utilizing a password, so the fingerprint sensor is barely a brand new means to make use of this functionality, not a brand new degree of safety because it may appear. It’s nonetheless greater than what many others supply although, and will likely be extra handy for many individuals.

Is the SSD T7 Touch outlined solely by this one function, or is it a worthwhile replace to the wonderful SSD T5? Read our full assessment to seek out out.

The SSD T7 Touch can reap the benefits of 10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen2 host units

 

Samsung SSD T7 Touch design and options

Samsung appears to have settled on easy design for its transportable SSDs, and the brand new SSD T7 Touch represents solely a slight evolution in comparison with the SSD T5 and the SSD T3 earlier than it. The physique is now a little bit flatter and a little bit longer, however it’s nonetheless nearly palm-sized and can match very simply into any pocket. The outer shell is product of metallic and curves across the longer sides with none seams, with the shorter sides are flattened.

Weighing just 58g, this machine is very transportable however does not really feel flimsy in any respect. At 8mm thick, it is slimmer than most present smartphones. This is among the most premium-looking transportable SSDs we have encountered of late, however the metallic exterior will likely be prone to scuffs and nicks if not dealt with with care. We would have preferred an IP score, just like the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD boasts of. You have a alternative between black and silver, each of which look good.

You may not at first realise that the sq. on the entrance is a fingerprint sensor. The border lights up with blue LEDs when the drive is plugged in and dealing, and there is a spinning animation that is not precisely essential however seems to be nice.

In the field, you get USB Type-A and Type-C cables that are for much longer than normal, which signifies that plugging into the again of a desktop PC is simple. The SSD T7 Touch will work like another storage machine should you simply plug it in, however you may want Samsung’s Portable SSD Plus software program to arrange encryption and fingerprint recognition. Executables for Windows and macOS are included on the drive itself, and the Android app could be downloaded from the Google Play retailer.

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The SSD T7 Touch has a metallic physique however no IP score

 

Samsung SSD T7 Touch fingerprint and encryption

Encryption on the SSD T7 Touch is achieved utilizing 256-bit AES. It is not enabled by default, so you possibly can simply plug the drive in to any suitable machine and use it as quickly as you are taking it out of the retail field. Once you do set up the software program on any PC, you may have to decide on a password and also you’re warned that there is not any strategy to save information on the drive should you overlook it. You can then practice the machine with a number of of your fingerprints, identical to you’d on any smartphone.

The fingerprint sensor is fortunately impartial of orientation so that you need not place the physique of the SSD any specific means. It works just about immediately and is extraordinarily handy. If you have ever used a telephone with a fingerprint sensor, there is not any studying curve right here in any respect.

When encryption is enabled, plugging the drive into any PC will reveal solely a 50MB partition that is large enough for Samsung’s software program installers. The better part is that you simply need not set up any software program on a PC you are utilizing briefly – only a fingerprint will unlock the drive. We’ve seen units up to now that require a small app to be run on visitor computer systems to allow you to kind in a password, and that is all taken care of on the drive itself now. This additionally means you possibly can unlock the SSD when it is plugged right into a recreation console or another type of host machine.

One factor that is lacking is a timeout operate – the drive won’t lock itself after a interval of inactivity when plugged in, and won’t require the password periodically, which might have been good. A fingerprint may not be sufficient safety should you’re storing very delicate materials, however it’s extraordinarily handy should you want a deterrent to informal snoopers.

We tried utilizing the SSD T7 Touch with a Google Pixel Three operating Android 10, and it labored simply superb when plugged in utilizing its personal USB Type-C cable. Just like on our Windows and Mac take a look at programs, solely the small partition was seen until we touched the sensor. However, after decrypting the drive, our telephone advised us that it wanted to be formatted and couldn’t be recognised. The Samsung Portable SSD app will allow you to enroll and alter fingerprints identical to on any PC, however there’s additionally one other identically named app that is used for the SSD T5 and T3 and will not recognise this mannequin – which is simply unnecessarily complicated. 

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Setting up a fingerprint is as straightforward as it’s on any telephone

 

Samsung SSD T7 Touch specs and efficiency

For storage capability, you possibly can select between 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. Samsung clearly is not concentrating on the low finish of the market, and has used a quick NVMe SSD that may reap the benefits of the 10Gbps bandwidth of a USB 3.2 Gen2 connection (which is, confusingly, the identical as USB 3.1 Gen2). You will want a comparatively trendy PC to have the ability to harness this type of pace.

Samsung makes the bold claims that sequential learn and write speeds are as much as 1050MBps and 1000MBps respectively – very almost double that of the SSD T5, which is rated at 540MBps. That’s nonetheless not as quick because the Samsung SSD X5 which makes use of Thunderbolt 3, however it’s much more inexpensive.

There’s no point out of waterproofing or shock resistance, which many different transportable SSDs do boast of. The drive is claimed to have the ability to face up to falls from as excessive as 2m although. You additionally get a normal 3-year guarantee.

Our 1TB assessment unit was formatted to the exFAT file system by default, which is broadly suitable throughout PCs, Macs, and different trendy units. The formatted capability was reported as 931.51GB. We examined this SSD utilizing an HP Spectre x360 13 aw0205tu laptop computer due to its current-gen {hardware} and high-speed Thunderbolt Three ports to make sure zero bottlenecks.

Crystaldiskmark reported sequential learn and write speeds of 974.3MBps and 982.7MBps respectively, which fell barely in need of Samsung’s best-case-scenario numbers however was nonetheless very spectacular even by SSD requirements. Random learn and write speeds, that are extra consultant of common workloads, had been 271.6MBps and 284.3MBps respectively.

We then moved on to the Anvil benchmark which confirmed learn and write scores of 1,955.04 and a couple of,200.07 factors respectively for a complete of 4,155.11. Even with informal use, copying a 45.6GB Steam recreation folder with quite a lot of file sorts and sizes, we noticed very zippy efficiency, and speeds did not fall off a cliff after a brief interval as a result of overheating or buffer saturation.

Verdict

We’re seeing a brand new era of NVMe transportable SSDs starting to hit the market, which is nice as a result of the usual to harness them is now obtainable. Very few PCs function 10GBps-capable USB ports however units like it will gas some demand, serving to the usual unfold. We just lately reviewed the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD which promised related speeds and carried out barely worse, although it does have an IP55 score for bodily safety.

Despite its pace, we predict the primary draw right here would be the fingerprint sensor, which provides a layer of safety with out making life harder for the consumer. Overall, the Samsung SSD T7 Touch is greater than a worthy successor to the SSD T5, bringing in a brand new era of {hardware} with higher pace and options – although at a a lot increased worth, at the very least for now.

Price (MOP): 

Rs. 12,999 (500GB)
Rs. 19,999 (1TB)
Rs. 37,999 (2TB)

Pros

  • Fast USB 3.1 (Gen2) connectivity
  • Convenient fingerprint sensor
  • Stylish and compact

Cons

Ratings

  • Performance: 4.5
  • Value for Money: 3.5
  • Overall: 4.5
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