Samsung's T7 Touch portable SSD blends blazing-fast speeds with fingerprint security

The Samsung T7 Touch, successor to the T3 and T5 portable SSDs, improves speeds and offers security via an integrated fingerprint reader.

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Samsung announced its new T7 Touch portable SSD at CES 2020 on Wednesday. It features the same svelte, pocket-sized appearance and styling of the older Samsung T5—which we loved—and uses the same Type-C connector. But new to the party is a fingerprint scanner that can be used in conjunction with provided software to secure access to the onboard data.

The Samsung T7 Touch also supports password security and integrated 256-bit AES encryption, though there was no mention of a FIPS rating for physical security. The T5 was a rugged drive, but not rated to withstand serious prying. 

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Samsung’s T7 uses USB 3.2 but only a single 10Gbps channel unlike rival Seagate’s FireCuda Gaming SSD, which uses USB 3.2 Gen2x2 with its dual-channels.

Speeds via USB 3.2 (single channel 10Gbps) are said to be around 1GBps both reading and writing—considerably faster than the T5. The Samsung T7 Touch is warrantied for three years, and priced at $130 for 500GB, $230 for 1TB and $400 for 2TB. Look for a review here on PCWorld later this month.

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At a Glance
  • The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch is faster (mostly) and lighter than its T5 sibling. It also sports a fingerprint scanner for both biometric and password security while avoiding the high cost of FIPS certifed secure drives. Sweet.

    Pros

    • Fast everyday reader and writer
    • Fingerprint scanner (optional use)
    • Extremely affordable for a secure drive
    • Runs only warm to the touch

    Cons

    • Slightly slower during long sustained writes than the T5
    • Three-year warranty is on the short side
  
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