[Bestbuy618DIY Hardware Channel] I’m not sure if you remember, but we did an unboxing of the Samsung Mobile SSD T7 Touch before Spring Break last year, and the incredible feeling of holding the T7 Touch is still fresh in your mind. We also stated in the article at the time that the in-depth review would be delayed until later in the year. After a long Chinese New Year holiday and the ups and downs of working remotely from home, this in-depth review of the Samsung T7 Touch is finally out and ready to meet our readers.
Samsung released several SSD products at the International Consumer Electronics Show CES 2020 earlier this year, one of which is Samsung’s first consumer-grade PCIe 4.0 SSD product 980 PRO, and the other is the mobile SSD T7 Touch, which I praised. Let’s take a look at what this mobile solid state has to offer, and what makes it shine? The Samsung mobile SSD T7 Touch does not change much in appearance, the one in our hands is a classic black color scheme – as the name suggests, it is indeed very classic, quite similar to the previous generation T5’s Xuan Ying black color scheme. Overall, the T7 Touch follows the design of the Samsung Mobile SSD T series, with an all-metal shell that has been anodized to look good and provide a good touch.
The long edges are rounded, and the sides are chamfered, giving the product a more rounded and refined shape, as well as a good feel that prevents users from cutting their hands when holding it. The product’s front is unadorned, with only the simple Samsung “SAMSUNG” logo; on one side are the parameters, and on the other is a Type-C port.
The T7 Touch has a fingerprint recognition module surrounded by LEDs on the left side of the front, which is the most noticeable difference between it and its predecessor.
The body is made of lightweight aluminum alloy, resulting in a total weight of only 58g, the size of a business card holder, small and compact is very portable, feels great, and can be put into your pocket. As with its predecessor, the package includes C-C and C-A cables, saving users the trouble of purchasing a separate cable. This time, we chose a high-performance notebook as the test platform.
The machine is outfitted with an Intel Core i7-10510U processor with a clock speed of up to 4.9GHz; 16GB dual-channel memory; and a 1TB PCIe Gen34 solid state drive supporting the NVMe protocol, which is also notable for its speed. To reduce errors, we are using USB3.2 Gen2 (A port / C port are tested) as an interface, and the machine’s operating system is 64-bit Windows 10 Home Edition. It is worth noting that testing the T7 Touch necessitates the use of UASP mode.
We used CrystalDiskInfo software to check the T7 Touch’s basic information before testing. The firmware version tested here for the Samsung T7 Touch 500GB is FXG41P2Q, which uses the new NVMe 1.3 standard and is also in UASP mode.
Officials claim that by combining Samsung’s 3-bit MLC V-NAND and TurboWrite technologies, the T7 Touch can achieve read and write speeds that far outperform those of its predecessor. First up is the ever-popular CrystalDiskMark software test, which I was drawn to not only because of its easy testing process, but also because there is no redundancy in the interface and even the ability to change skins for it. It is commonly used to test the read and write speeds of our computer’s hard drive storage devices.
According to the test results, the Samsung T7 Touch’s performance can be considered among the top mobile SSD products, and after several tests, we measured that the maximum read speed of this mobile SSD can reach 950.3MB/s, and the maximum write speed can reach about 850MB/s, which is close to the official “maximum sequential read speed of 1050MB/s and sequential write speed of 1000MB/s,” taking into account The Samsung T7 Touch has a read speed of up to 980.18MB/s and a write speed of up to 803.86MB/s, according to the test results. The transfer speed is extremely stable, with the T7 Touch already running at a high speed when the data size is 512KB, and thereafter the read and write speed can always be maintained at the peak state, without dropping speed. In addition to the individual speed tests, we also conducted a file transfer speed test on the T7 Touch.
FastCopy was used in this test to test the read and write back and forth between the T7 Touch and the test platform’s C drive. For the test, a single 6GB video file and a video folder of about 10GB were used.
The former took only 9 seconds to write to the T7 Touch from the C drive, with a transfer speed of 647.9MiB/s, or approximately 663MB/s; a folder 10GB in size took approximately 18 seconds to write to the T7 Touch, with a transfer speed of 609.9MiB/s. For normal use, it can be kept at 600-700MB/s and does not need to reach a peak before being transferred.
Without peaking, the transfer can be completed. Overall, I used a thin and light notebook with a 10th generation Core processor, which means that most users will be able to achieve the transfer rate we tested on a thin and light notebook product in general.
We also tested the rate with a MacBook Pro, and the results are essentially unified.
But that isn’t even the top performance that the T7 Touch is capable of. For example, if you have a high-performance PC with a desktop processor, NVMe PCIe SSD, and USB 3.2 Gen2 port support, you will be able to experience the T7 Touch’s extreme speeds. When we introduced the Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus, we mentioned the Magician management software that comes with it, and I have to say that Samsung has always done a good job of combining hardware and software, and this is evident once again in the T7 Touch.
Because the name “Touch” implies that there must be a location on the body where the user can “touch” – the fingerprint recognition module surrounded by dynamic LEDs. Although Samsung is not the first manufacturer to include a fingerprint yoke module on a mobile SSD, I must say that the overall experience of using fingerprint unlock on the T7 Touch is excellent. Samsung has replaced the original software with PSSD management software, a hard drive management software designed specifically for Samsung mobile SSDs.
The software is available in two versions: for Android and for PC. The T7 Touch works with Windows 7 and later, Mac OS X 10.10 and later, and Android 5.0 and later.
When you plug the T7 Touch into your computer, the PSSD software recognizes it automatically. The LED light on the T7 Touch flashes in a circular pattern. The T7 Touch can be used by up to four people, including the user, and entering fingerprints is as simple as entering your phone’s fingerprint, which can be done by tapping and moving the edge of your finger several times. Once done, you can use your fingerprint to unlock the T7 Touch!
The type-C port can be connected directly to the phone, which is very convenient and fast; the file transfer speed between the device and the phone is also impressive, which can be further enhanced by using UFS3.0 or even 3.1 models. The LED strip on the Samsung T7 Touch fingerprint recognition module is not just designed for “good looks,” but it also has an indication function – a pain point expressed by many users. When the user turns on the T7 Touch, the LED illuminates and remains illuminated for a short period of time; when the user transfers files, the LED rotates; and when the user safely unlocks the device, the LED flashes and then goes out.
The LED allows users to control the SSD status in real time, and there are these reliable guarantees in addition to fingerprint unlocking. In addition to fingerprint unlocking, the T7 Touch also uses AES 256-bit hardware encryption technology, which is common in the industry. The Samsung T7 Touch has physical features in addition to the “secrecy” aspect.
T7 Touch is outfitted with dynamic thermal protection technology, which effectively prevents overheating by maintaining the optimal operating temperature automatically. Furthermore, the new ePCM (sealed phase change material) absorbs heat and gradually releases it, allowing the device to remain stable at the proper temperature. Using these two technologies, the T7 Touch can keep surface temperatures below 45°, effectively preventing data loss or device failure, while the lightweight aluminum enclosure protects the drive’s internal structure from damage.
According to official data, the T7 Touch can withstand drops of up to two meters, which is beneficial in terms of data security. Furthermore, Samsung provides a 3-year limited warranty on the T7 Touch to further protect users.
The T7 Touch provides users with far more than just a fingerprint recognition module and dynamic LEDs that are different from previous products, which are of course a plus for it and a quality choice for user groups that value data security more than anything else. Furthermore, from the standpoint of a mobile SSD, faster read and write speeds are the most pristine experience it can provide to users.
And increasing the read/write speed to more than 1000MB/s can never be called “toothpaste,” which is also the sincerity of the Samsung T7 Touch.
Today is a data explosion era, and different scenarios and industries have the same demand for data storage – storage read and write speed, as well as data security. The rise of mobile solid-state drives corresponds to another trend: multi-scene mobile offices. Samsung is looking for these pain points, the right solution, and the T7 Touch to meet with customers.
While meeting all of these criteria, the Samsung T7 Touch is priced at $1199, allowing users to enjoy a high-speed, high-quality data storage experience within an acceptable price range. The T7 Touch is now available for first sale on platforms such as Jingdong Tmall Suning. Friendship poke https://samsungcc.tmall.com/.