The Samsung T7 and the SanDisk Extreme V2 are two of the more popular external SSDs that you can buy today. They are popular due to their affordability, excellent price to performance ratio and built-in security features. But which one is better? Here is our SanDisk Extreme V2 and Samsung T7 SSD review and comparison.
Samsung T7 vs SanDisk Extreme V2 Comparison Chart
Design and Build Quality
Both are designed for portability, but the SanDisk Extreme V2 has the advantage in build quality over the Samsung T7 due to its more rugged design.
When it comes to looks, the Samsung T7 portable SSD is pretty basic. It has a full metal enclosure with the “SAMSUNG” branding on the front, but not much else. Located at the side is the USB-C port and a single LED light. It’s available in three colors, it measures 3.3 x 2.2 x 0.3 inches, and it weighs 2 ounces.
On the other hand, the SanDisk Extreme V2 has a more unusual design with excellent portability and durability. The silicone coating on the enclosure effectively protects the internals, and the built-in carabiner loop is helpful when travelling. It measures 4 x 2 x 0.3 inches and it weighs 2.22 ounces, so it’s a bit bigger than the Samsung T7, but the difference is not that significant.
Both portable SSDs are durable, but the SanDisk Extreme V2 has the slight advantage here. The Samsung T7 has a full metal enclosure that’s also shock resistant. In contrast, the SanDisk Extreme V2 has a silicone coated plastic case that’s also shock resistant, and it also has an IP55 rating, making it water and dust resistant.
Software and Security
The Samsung T7 and SanDisk Extreme V2 are plug and play, and they are secure.
The Samsung T7 and the SanDisk Extreme V2 are both plug and play. They will work on Android, MacOS and Windows without any formatting necessary as they come preformatted in the exFAT format. You can use them right away or reformat them to your preferred file format.
However, if you want to set a password, you’ll need to install their respective software. The Samsung Portable SSD software for Windows and MacOS are already pre-loaded on the drive itself. Same with the SanDisk SecureAccess software. Both drives use AES 256-bit hardware encryption, so they are quite secure as long as you use a strong password.
The Samsung T7 comes with a 3-year warranty, which is pretty short for consumer-grade external SSDs. Meanwhile, the SanDisk Extreme V2 comes with a 5-year warranty, which is the standard and more consumer-friendly.
The SanDisk Extreme V2 is slightly faster than the Samsung T7.
Since these two portable SSDs are USB 3.2 Gen 2 devices, their performance are similar. That said, the SanDisk Extreme V2 pulls slightly ahead since it achieves faster sequential read and write speeds. The SanDisk Extreme V2 has a sequential read speed of 1,070MBps and write speed of 1,040MBps.
On the other hand, the Samsung T7 has a sequential read speed of 950MBps and write speed of 920MBps. Based on the numbers, the SanDisk Extreme V2 is the better performer, however, the read and write speeds of the Samsung T7 are well within the advertised speeds of the drive, so it’s not that bad.
As for temperatures, both SSDs performed excellently, with both of them maintaining surface temperatures below 45 degrees Celsius. Neither SSDs experienced thermal throttling and they were able to maintain their read and write performance during the whole testing process. Of course, this might not be the case if you are using these SSDs in a warmer environment.
The SanDisk Extreme V2 is better than the Samsung T7 in terms of performance, but it is also more expensive.
SanDisk Extreme V2
Better build quality and longer warranty
Choosing between the Samsung T7 and the SanDisk Extreme V2 will come down mainly to your budget since these two are quite similar in performance. If you want to save a couple of dollars, the Samsung T7 is a perfectly fine portable SSD. It’s well-built and it performs well within its advertised read and write speeds. However, if you want a portable SSD that’s more durable and slightly faster, you should definitely get the SanDisk Extreme V2. It’s more expensive, but it makes up for it with its slightly faster read and write speeds, more rugged build and longer warranty.
The biggest difference between the two is with their read and write speeds, with the Samsung T7 having the advantage.
It delivers read and write speeds up to 1050MBps and 1000MBps.
Yes, it will work flawlessly with the PS5 since it has a USB 3.2 port. It will also work with both the Xbox Series X and S consoles.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD is faster than the SanDisk Extreme SSD.