Samsung “T7 Shield” Portable Solid State Drive

We may live in an age of {questionable Scottish accent} Clood Computing, but there’s still something to be said for having a hard backup of your files when things go wrong.

With that in mind, the Samsung T7 Shield PSSD is an option that offers peace of mind with its high storage capacity, lightning-fast sequential read/write speeds (up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s), IP65 water and dust resistance, and a rugged, rubberized exterior that’s both easy to grip and is durable enough to withstand a 9.8-foot drop — all in a package that’s about the size of a pack of playing cards.

Look how tiny it is!

Look how tiny it is!

Wirecutter recently chose this drive as the best on the market, with an aside on how those quick data speeds not only allow for editing media files directly from the drive, but also make it awesome for expanding the storage of your laptop and/or gaming console:

In these tests, the T7 Shield had random read and write speeds near the top of the range, 30 MB/s and 81 MB/s, respectively, whereas our former pick, the WD My Passport SSD, was closer to 23 MB/s read and 40 MB/s write. Having a drive with twice the write speed is significant for day-to-day use; if, for example, you back up seldomly played games off the internal SSD in your Xbox or PlayStation to free up the space for new games, and then reinstall them later on demand, it’s a lot faster and more convenient than reinstalling them over the internet.

That rubber case I mentioned earlier also has a side benefit of excellent heat dissipation, which keeps the drive cool enough to handle major projects without missing a beat.

The T7 Shield comes in 1 TB ($80), 2 TB ($120), and 4 TB ($250) storage capacities, with color options of beige, blue, or black.