The Samsung T7 portable SSD is now available after its introduction earlier this year at CES 2020. The T7 is the successor to the wallet-sized slim USB T5 SSD that came out in 2017. If you’re feeling sort of already seen and wonder if this product may have already been released – well, yes, sort of. In January, Samsung released the T7 Touch, a slightly more expensive variant that has a fingerprint sensor to authenticate your identity before the SSD mounts on your device.
This standard T7 does not have this hardware functionality (although it still has optional password protection with 256-bit AES encryption), so it is $ 20 cheaper in all configurations. The base 500 GB model costs $ 110, the 1 TB model costs $ 200 and the 2 TB drive costs $ 370. The T7 is available in metallic red, indigo blue and titanium gray, and includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB Type-A cable in the box. It is compatible with a variety of operating systems, including Windows 10, macOS and Android. This does not mean that it cannot work on iOS, iPadOS and game consoles. It’s just that the Samsung app is not available on these platforms, and if you have enabled the password protection feature of the SSD, it will need to be disabled on a compatible device before it can be used normally .
While there have been no major changes in the physical makeup of the SSD case (we found the T7 Touch to be a bit thinner, but slightly larger than the T5), there is a considerably improved drive inside. Samsung has upgraded SSD technology from SATA to NVMe in this generation, the same type of fast storage found in mid-range and high-end laptops.
Samsung claims transfer speeds of up to 1050 MB / s for the T7, as for the T7 Touch, and the two should therefore be equivalent. When I tested the T7 Touch using a USB-C port on a 2019 MacBook Pro, I found that the T7 Touch was close to these claims, with an average write speed of 807 MB / s and an average read speed of 903 MB / s. Regarding the transfer of speed improvements, I found that:
“It took an average of nine seconds to copy a 13 GB file to the MacBook Pro, an improvement of about 40% over the T5 SATA SSD performing the same test. To copy the file to the T7 Touch, it took an average of 11 seconds, an increase of about 35% in speed compared to the T5. “
Overall, the T7 is expected to drive faster transfer speeds than the previous generation. It’s not a Thunderbolt 3 drive, but it is still fast and fairly affordable. If you were to get T5, you might want to think about getting T7 instead.