Samsung claims that its new portable SSD can withstand a ten-foot tumble.

Samsung has added a more durable version to its T7 portable SSD series. The T7 Shield, for example, has increased drop resistance. According to Samsung, the phone should be able to withstand a 9.8-foot drop, thanks to rubberized outer protection for the aluminum body. Rain, dust, and crush resistance are all rated at IP65.

The SSD has low heat conductivity and read/write rates of up to 1,050MB/s and 1,000MB/s, respectively. According to Samsung, those are the quickest USB 3.2 Gen2 rates imaginable (though the SSD comes with both USB Type C-to-C and Type C-to-A cables). The T7 Shield, according to the firm, is about ten times faster than external HDDs and nearly twice as fast as SATA-based portable SSDs.

The Shield, like previous T7 models, is small, measuring 88 x 59 x 13 millimeters. It is 98 grams in weight. It works with game consoles, mobile devices, and broadcast cameras, in addition to computers. Hardware encryption is also present on the drive.

The T7 and T7 Touch are among our favorite portable SSDs, thanks to their lightning-fast performance and compact design. This more rugged variant may find favor among tourists and adventure sports aficionados.

The T7 Shield comes in three colors: black, beige, and blue. It's now available all over the world. The 1TB model costs $160, while the 2TB version costs $290.

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