Samsung T7 Shield
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Samsung has announced the launch of a 4 TB capacity drive as part of its Samsung T7 Shield portable SSD range. The company previously released 1 TB and 2 TB drives when the T7 Shield was introduced in April 2022.

Transfer speed

The T7 Shield has a read speed of 1,050 MB/s and a write speed of 1,000 MB/s. This is around double the speed of Samsung’s popular T5 SSD range. It’s also fast enough for you to edit video files straight from the drive and render your final output back to it. In addition, the T7 features Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard which ensures that the drive won’t suffer any reduction in performance or overheating in use.

Build and security

The T7 Shield is small, measuring only 3.5 inches (88 mm) by 2.3 inches (59 mm) by 0.51 inches (13 mm). It is also very light, weighing around only 3.5 ounces (100 g). Despite this, the drive is shock-resistant from drops of up to 10 feet and IP65-certified as dustproof and water-resistant. In addition, the T7 Shield supports AES 256-bit encryption to ensure that your data is secure. The drive supports USB 3.2 Gen.2 and comes with a USB Type-C-to-C cable and a USB Type-C-to-A cable.

Samsung Magician software

With Samsung’s Magician Software, you can quickly and easily access real-time information and set preferences for the T7 Shield. You can also manage the SSD’s performance including power usage, capacity, health and security capabilities. In addition, Samsung has said that it will shortly be adding a data migration feature. This will help you upgrade the SSD in your laptop by transferring the operating system and data from an old SSD to a new one.

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What we think

Samsung’s T5 was very popular with video makers as a data drive and on cameras that support recording to an external drive. The T7 Shield builds on the success of the T5 and adds more security and faster transfer speeds. It looks like Samsung has another winner on their hands.

Pricing and availability

The Samsung T7 Shield is available now and costs $429. The only color option at launch is black. Samsung says that the T7 Shield is compatible with PCs, Macs, Android smartphones and game consoles.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.