Review Samsung T7 (Non-Touch) Portable SSD vs. Touch Version


hey everybody is lineside button we’re taking a look today at the samsung t7 external solid-state hard drive this is the one terabyte version and if you’ve been watching my channel for a while you know that we already reviewed the t7 with the fingerprint sensor but now they’ve got one without the fingerprint sensor and I thought it would be good to see if this one performs the same as the more expensive one with the touch device on it so that’s what we’re going to explore in this video now I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure if this came in free of charge through the Amazon vine program however all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own nobody is paying for this review nor is anyone reviewed or approve what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what this hard drive is all about now these non-touch drives cost about twenty or thirty dollars less than the Touch version so the one terabyte drive that I have here is about a hundred and seventy nine dollars the touch version is 209 the 500 gig drive will run you about $99 and the touch version of that 500 gig variant will run you about a hundred and twenty so if you don’t need that fingerprint sensor you’ll save some money and get a very similar product here now it interfaces with your computer via its USB type-c port and one of the things that I like about these Samsung drives is that they give you two different cables in the box so you get a USB c2 USBC connector if you’ve got one of those USB C ports on your PC or you can hook it up with this USB C to USB a cable and it’s nice that they do this

because a lot of hard drive manufacturers give you one of these out of spec adapters to get that interface going to the older USB a connector so it was nice to see that Samsung provided that now this Drive like the other one supports the USB gen 2 standard which means that it can support the 10 gigabit per second USB C bus but if your PC doesn’t have a Gen 2 connector it will run at a lower speed so when we run our benchmarks in a minute this PC here is running with a Gen 2 connector and we’re going to get the full speed out of the drive but if you buy this and C slower speeds then it’s likely that your computer has a slower USB port and it’s often hard to know what generation your report is because even some USB seaports are only running at USB 2 speeds especially on some of the cheaper computers out there so you definitely need to consult your product manual before buying but the good news is that as you’ll see in a minute these drives do take advantage of that port and without further ado let’s plug it in and see exactly how it performs and we’ll see if that comes close to what we got out of the more expensive touch version alright so we’ve got the drive now connected up to a Legion v laptop from Lenovo this is their mid-range gaming laptop and this laptop has USB 3.1 ports on it including its USB C port which means it’s max bandwidth is five gigabits per second and not ten so hooked up to this laptop we’re gettin speeds at about 410

megabytes per second on writes and the reads are running about the same speed they’re not bad of course but I think we can do better and this is a great example of how even a new computer may not have the fastest port available so I’m going to slide in my other Lenovo laptop that has a faster USB C port let’s see how the drive does on that alright so now we’ve got the drive connected to a faster port that looks the same on a different laptop now this port is a thunderbolt port so it supports USB devices like this one in addition to Thunderbolt devices and for the USB devices that it attaches to it supports the faster Gen 2 or USB 3.2 standard and check out the speeds they’re pretty much twice as fast here to give you an idea as to what the Mac’s potential is of this Drive so we’re getting about eight hundred and thirty megabytes per second give or take on writes and the reads are running at about eight hundred and fifty megabytes per second and if you’ve got the right port this is what you can expect out of the drive and incidentally those speeds are what we also saw out of the touch version of the same drive so the good news here is that it looks like the only difference between these two devices beyond their price is that one has a fingerprint sensor and the other doesn’t at least insofar as that Blackmagic

when shall read and write test is concerned but I also saw similar results with the crystal disk mark test here as you can see we got similar sequential reads and writes on that test and you can also see here that the random reads and writes are actually very good on the Samsung SSDs which makes these great for not only just storing data maybe doing backups and that sort of thing but also maybe booting up operating systems and games and other things that might read and write to the disk randomly and these numbers are almost identical to the numbers we got on the touch version and even though the non touch version here lacks a fingerprint sensor it can still be locked down with a password and encrypted in fact it runs the same software that the touch version comes with and all you have to do here is enable the security mode and put a password in and you can protect this drive in a similar way but the difference is is that if you were to plug the drive into an iPad for example it’s not going to unlock but if you plug the touch version into an iPad it will unlock with the fingerprint sensor and that’s the big difference here is that it’s a lot easier to unlock this when you’re moving it around to different computers than it is to unlock this one which only secures itself with the password and the reason is is that you

have to run software every time you plug this in to unlock it whereas the fingerprint version just requires a touch after it’s initially configured to unlock and gain access to the files so I think if you are securing things and using that feature quite a bit the touch version is probably going to be a lot more convenient just because you don’t need to load software every time you want to get into the drive and access what’s on it so there you go some really good performance here out of the non-touch t7 the same performance as the more expensive touch version and so if you don’t need the encryption features save yourself some money go with the non touch one you’ll get the same performance and I think you’ll be very pleased with it provided your USB port is fast enough to take advantage of the performance that it offers that’s going to do it for now until next time this is Lian Simon thanks for watching this channel was brought to you by the lon TV supporters including gold level supporters Tom Albrecht Chris alligretto David Hawkman Brian Parker Mike Patterson and bill Pomerance if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to LAN TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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