The new IP65 rated Samsung T7 Shield SSD is built to handle the most demanding of rough situations

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Samsung has announced their newest portable SSD, the Samsung T7 Shield. Now, on first glance, especially given the name, it might just sound like a regular Samsung T7 drive in a fancy rugged enclosure and… Well, yeah, that’s pretty much exactly what it is. But now that the world is opening back up and photographers and filmmakers are getting back on the road to start shooting in extreme locations, backup storage that can handle those extreme conditions is handy.

The Samsung T7 Shield offers the same transfer speed as the regular Samsung T7, with sequential read speeds of up to 1,050MB/sec and sequential write speeds of up to 1,000MB/sec over USB 3.2 Gen 2. It only weighs 98g, adding 40g onto the T7, but can handle drops of up to three metres and it’s IP65 certified for water and dust resistance.

Samsung says that they’ve designed the T7 Shield in such a way as to minimise overheating and performance degradation issues, too – potentially a common problem working in rough terrain in hot countries when you’ve got a terabyte of footage to back up. They say it’s been optimised both inside and out to minimise the heat build-up to keep things running as smoothly as possible.

Like the T7, the T7 Shield is compatible with a wide range of devices including desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, video switchers, cameras and basically anything that can save out to a Type-C SSD. It also features advanced hardware encryption so that if your T7 gets lost or stolen, nobody can access your data.

They’re available in black, blue or beige and each drive comes with both USB Type-C-to-C and USB Type-C-to-A cables with a three-year limited warranty. They’re available in 1TB capacity for $159.99 and 2TB for $289.99 – although B&H appears to be running a launch sale on them with the 1TB version at $134.99 and the 2TB at $239.99 as of writing.

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