Samsung's T7 Shield Portable SSD can withstand drops, water, and dust

The Samsung T7 Shield Rugged SSD

Samsung announced a new addition to its lineup of portable solid-state drives. The T7 Shield Portable SSD does not set a world record in terms of storage capacity, but it can boast some serious protection against hostile environments.

The company says the T7 Shield is a perfect option for creative professionals and consumers who need a durable SSD with high performance. The drive is IP65-rated, which means it can withstand drops from up to three meters and ensure your data is intact after contact with dust or water. Despite heavy protection, the T7 Shield remains relatively compact and lightweight (98 grams).

The Samsung T7 Shield Rugged SSD

The T7 Shield will be available in two storage configurations and three color variants. Users can pick between 1TB and 2TB capacity, and color options include blue, white, and black. Performance-wise, Samsung claims the SSD can provide up to 1,050MB/s read and 1,000MB/s write speeds, approximately two times faster than the drive's predecessor, the T5.

You can use the T7 Shield with multiple devices using a USB-C port. According to the spec sheet, the drive supports Windows 7, macOS 10.10, and Android 5.0 or higher.

Storage 1TB/2TB
Connectivity USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen2)
Dimensions and Weight 88 x 59 x 13mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 0.5 inches)
98 grams (3.47 oz)
Performance Read Up to 1,050 MB/s Sequential Read
Performance Write Up to 1,000 MB/s Sequential Write
Durability IP65 Water/Dust Resistant, up to 3-meter Drop Resistant
Operating Case Temperature 0°C to 60°C
Operating Shock 1,500G, duration: 0.5ms, 3 axis
Software AES 256-bit hardware encryption
Samsung Magician Software
Warranty 3-Year Limited Warranty

Although the main focus on the T7 Shield is performance and durability, Samsung says it also wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the production and delivery of the drive. For example, the company uses only one-third of the tray packaging compared to previous generations. Interestingly, the T7 Shield also ships with two cables: USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A.

The Samsung T7 Shield Portable SSD is now available worldwide at $159.99 for the 1TB config and $289.99 for the 2TB version.

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