In short: If you regularly use portable SSDs but are worried about possible drop damage, Samsung’s latest entry in the T7 lineup might be for you. The T7 shield not only provides elemental resistance, but is also capable of withstanding a ten-foot fall.

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We are big fans of the Samsung T7 brand, winning T7 Touch as the best portable storage in our The Best of the Vault. The T7 Shield may not offer a fingerprint sensor like this model, but it is much more durable.

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Samsung says the Shield’s rubberized surface that protects its aluminum chassis allows the SSD to withstand a 9.8-foot drop, more than the standard T7’s 6.5-foot limit. The outer rubber also works together with Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard controls to prevent the drive from overheating, allowing it to maintain peak performance even under heavy loads.

Unlike previous models, the T7 Shield also boasts an IP65 rating for rain, dust and shock resistance, although it lacks an IP67 rating for water submersion.

In terms of drive performance, the T7 Shield uses the same PCIe NVMe flash as other T7 drives, offering the same 1050MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speeds, which Samsung says is the fastest possible. . using USB 3.2 Gen2.

Measuring 88 x 59 x 13 millimeters, weighing 98 grams, the disc is hardware-encrypted and compatible with PCs, Macs, Android devices, game consoles and more. It also comes with USB Type C-to-C and Type C-to-A cables in the box.

Shield T7 is available with 1TB storage for $160. or 2TB for $290$20 more than the standard models in black, blue and beige.