The Samsung T7 Touch is a great little external drive that’s small and robust enough to be carried wherever you need to use it for storage or as a working drive. It’s perfect for keeping a laptop’s memory clear and running smoothly while you store and edit stills or video.
The price of a 500GB T7 Touch is now much more affordable than previous generations of the T range, such as the Samsung T5, at launch. It means that if you’re looking for portable storage, a SSD unit is the way to go. And if you need speed to facilitate 4K video recording or editing, then make sure it has NVMe technology like the T7 Touch.
For some, the ‘Touch’ element that makes your files secure is unnecessary but it doesn’t add much, if anything, to the street price of the drive and it could come in handy one day. However, if you prefer to keep things simple, there’s also the Samsung T7, which is just the same but without the fingerprint reader.
Small and lightweight
Fast file transfer
Initial issues with the fingerprint recognition set up software
What is the Samsung T7 Touch?
The Samsung T7 Touch is a portable solid-state storage drive (SSD) with the added bonus of a fingerprint reader to keep private files safe. Samsung also makes the Samsung T7, which is the same unit but without the fingerprint reader.
Samsung has given the T7 Touch a metal body (at a guess it’s aluminium alloy), which gives it a high-quality, durable feel. Inside embedded PCIe NVMe technology enables read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000MB/s, respectively, making the T7 Touch almost twice as fast as the Samsung T5.
There’s also a USB-C port (cable supplied) with 3.2 Gen 2 connectivity.
Product type: Portable solid state storage drive (SSD)
Capacity: 500GB, 1TB or 2TB
Transfer speed: Read speed up to 1,050MB/s, write speed up to 1,000MB/s
Interface: USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2)
Dimensions: 85 x 57 x 8mm
I used the Samsung T7 Touch for transferring files between different computers and long-term storage drives, and as a working drive for editing 4K and Full HD video.
It works brilliantly as a portable storage drive, transferring files quickly and without a hitch. For example, just under 20GB of video files transferred to the drive from a 2019 iMac in a few seconds less than 2 minutes. Transferring them in the opposite direction took less than 35 seconds.
It also functions perfectly as a working drive for 4K video when connected to a Thunderbolt port on my iMac. There was no stuttering or other issues, it’s just as if the files as stored on the computer’s own drive.
While the T7 Touch mounted and performed well, Samsung’s software that is supplied with it for managing the security side initially gave me a few issues because my computer didn’t want to install it as it’s from an ‘unidentified developer’. Thankfully, that’s easily fixed via the System Preferences.
With that done, it’s easy to create a password to protect the drive and to add a fingerprint to keep files safe. The fingerprint reader on the T7 Touch works in a similar way to the one on many smartphones, you just need to keep moving your finger while it learns your fingerprint. It doesn’t take long.
If the drive is in ‘Security mode’ and you connect it to a computer without the PSSD software, you’re prompted to install it from the drive, which means you need to ensure that you don’t remove the installer from the drive. Once the software is installed, you can use the drive as normal.
Other than testing the system, I kept the Security mode turned off and used the T7 Touch as a normal drive with no need to use my fingerprint or password to unlock it before accessing any files.
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