Crucial X8 vs Samsung T7

Crucial X8 and Samsung T7 are two portable SSDs with distinct designs in terms of physical features. With one look, you can easily tell the difference between the two portable SSD models. But when it comes to their technical specifications and features, they are almost similar to each other. How else do they differ then? In this article, we will compare Crucial X8 and Samsung T7 and find out which of these portable SSDs is better than the other.

 

Main Differences

The Crucial X8 and the Samsung T7 are quite similar in terms of speed, connectivity, available memory sizes, etc. There are hardly any differences, except that the T7 has a few more certifications than the Crucial X8.

 

Comparison – Crucial X8 vs Samsung T7

Crucial X8

Samsung T7

Size Options

500 GB,
1 TB,

2 TB

500 GB,
1 TB,

2 TB

Sequential Read Speed

up to 1,050 MB/s

up to 1,050 MB/s

Sequential Write Speed

up to 1,000 MB/s

up to 1,000 MB/s

USB Interface

up to 10 Gbps
(USB 3.1 Gen 2)

up to 10 Gbps
(USB 3.1 Gen 2)

RoHS Compliance

RoHS

RoHS2

Password Protection

AES 256-bit hardware encryption

AES 256-bit hardware encryption

Fingerprint Recognition

Certifications

BSMI,

CE,

RCM,
TUV,
UL,
WEEE

BSMI,

CB,
CE,

C-trick,
FCC,
IC,
KC,
TUV,
UL,
VCCI

Waterproof

Shock resistant

up to 2 meters

height not stated

Dimensions

4.33" x 2.08" x 0.44" /

11.0 x 5.3 x 1.15 cm

3.4" x 2.2" x 0.3" /
8.64 x 5.59 x 0.76 cm

Weight

0.22 lbs / 100 g

0.126 lbs / 57 g

Color Options

Black

Blue,
Gray,
Red

Warranty

3-year limited warranty

3-year limited warranty

Crucial X8

Samsung T7

Size Options

500 GB,
1 TB,

2 TB

Size Options

500 GB,
1 TB,

2 TB

Sequential Read Speed

up to 1,050 MB/s

Sequential Read Speed

up to 1,050 MB/s

Sequential Write Speed

up to 1,000 MB/s

Sequential Write Speed

up to 1,000 MB/s

USB Interface

up to 10 Gbps
(USB 3.1 Gen 2)

USB Interface

up to 10 Gbps
(USB 3.1 Gen 2)

RoHS Compliance

RoHS

RoHS Compliance

RoHS2

Password Protection

AES 256-bit hardware encryption

Password Protection

AES 256-bit hardware encryption

Fingerprint Recognition

Fingerprint Recognition

Certifications

BSMI,

CE,

RCM,
TUV,
UL,
WEEE

Certifications

BSMI,

CB,
CE,

C-trick,
FCC,
IC,
KC,
TUV,
UL,
VCCI

Waterproof

Waterproof

Shock resistant

up to 2 meters

Shock resistant

height not stated

Dimensions

4.33" x 2.08" x 0.44" /

11.0 x 5.3 x 1.15 cm

Dimensions

3.4" x 2.2" x 0.3" /
8.64 x 5.59 x 0.76 cm

Weight

0.22 lbs / 100 g

Weight

0.126 lbs / 57 g

Color Options

Black

Color Options

Blue,
Gray,
Red

Warranty

3-year limited warranty

Warranty

3-year limited warranty

 

Size Options

The Crucial X8 has two size options. It is available in 1TB and 2TB, and both devices come in smooth, shiny black. Meanwhile, the Samsung T7 has more size selections, including 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. Each storage capacity is available in three stylish colors: Indigo Blue, Metallic Red, and Titan Gray. Like the X8, the T7 portable SSD also has a smooth, metallic finish.

Dimensions and Weight

In this aspect, there is a big difference between the Crucial X8 and the Samsung T7, as previously mentioned. The dimensions of X8 are 4.33 inches in length, 0.45 inches in width, and 2.09 inches in height, while it weighs around 3.53 ounces. Meanwhile, the T7 has a length of 3.35 inches, a width of 2.24 inches, and a height of 0.31 inches. Its weight is 2.05 ounces.

 

Based on the measurements, the X8 is longer and thicker than T7. On the other hand, the T7 is wider than X8, which can disguise itself as a smartphone. But because the X8 is evidently bigger in physical size, it also weighs heavier than the T7. Between the two devices, the T7 looks more like a typical portable SSD.

 

Connection

The connection is between the storage drive and the host device. It also refers to the USB interface of a portable SSD. The Crucial X8 is compatible with a USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type C) and supports a bandwidth of up to 10Gbps. It is also compatible with a 3.2 Gen 1 USB interface, but it can only support a maximum bandwidth of 5Gbps. Aside from that, this external storage device comes with an adapter for Type-C to USB-A.

The Samsung T7 has a similar USB interface to the Crucial X8. It’s compatible with USB 3.2 Gen 2, which supports a maximum bandwidth of 10Gbps. But one outstanding feature of T7 is its backward compatibility, which allows you to connect the SSD to USB ports with slower interfaces. For example, you can connect the T7 to a 3.2 Gen 1 USB interface but expect a slower transfer speed.

In addition to the USB interface, both X8 and T7 are compatible with several types of operating systems. The X8 can be connected to Android, Windows 8.1 and 10, macOS, PS4, PS4 Pro, iPad Pro, XBOX devices. Meanwhile, the recommended operating systems for the T7 are Android Lollipop or higher, Windows 7 or higher, and macOS or higher.

Speed

Now, let’s talk about the read and write speeds of these portable SSDs. The read speed is the speed of transferring files from the host device to the storage device. Both Crucial X8 and Samsung T7 have the same read speed, which can reach up to 1050 Mbps.

Meanwhile, the write speed is the amount of time it takes for the SSDs to save the files. The X8 has a maximum write speed of 1000 Mbps, while the T7 can reach up to 1050 Mbps, which makes it a bit faster than the T8. There is only a slight difference, so technically, they almost have the same speeds.

 

Security

What is a portable SSD without any security features? It’s’ a risk you don’t’ want to take. An important factor to consider in choosing an excellent and reliable external storage device is the built-in security. It ensures the protection of your files and prevents anyone from accessing them without your knowledge.

 

Encryption

The Crucial X8’s’ encryption is not specified but you can choose to encrypt the drive yourself. You can install Apple’s FileVault, Window’s Bitlocker to Go, or other protection services from McAfee and Symantec.

The Samsung T7 is equipped with AES 256-bit hardware encryption. And to make it more impenetrable, you can set up a password that securely locks your saved files in the portable SSD. Just make sure that you don’t’ forget your password to avoid doing a factory reset and losing all your files.

 

Certification

To assure that they have complied with regulations for safe usage, the X8 and T7 have received several certifications. Below are the lists of certifications that these devices have received.

 

Crucial X8

  • UL (Underwriter Laboratories)
  • CE (Conformity European)
  • TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverein or Technical Inspection Association)
  • BSMI (Bureau of Standards, Metrology, and Inspection)
  • RoHS (Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances)
  • RCM (Regulatory Compliance Mark)
  • WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

 

Samsung T7

  • KC (Korea Certification)
  • FCC (Federal Communication Commission)
  • CE (Conformity European)
  • WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
  • ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • BSMI (Bureau of Standards, Metrology, and Inspection)
  • EAC (Eurasian Conformity)
  • TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverein or Technical Inspection Association)

 

Fingerprint Recognition

Neither Crucial X8 nor Samsung T7 feature fingerprint recognition. They are not built with touch screens, so you can only manage them through the host device.

 

Drop Protection

One of the best things about the X8 and the T7 is how they are manufactured to withstand drops. Both of these external storage devices don’t’ only have sleek and stylish designs, but they are also rugged and compact. They can survive falls of up to 7.5 feet. But that doesn’t’ mean that you can just throw or drop them whenever you feel like it. If you keep on dropping them, the device can sustain irreparable damage, resulting in inaccessible or lost files. As much as possible, avoid hard impacts.

 

Dust and Waterproof Rating

The Crucial X8 and Samsung T7 don’t’ have a dust and waterproof rating. It’s’ difficult to tell how their tolerance to dust and water. With that said, it is best to keep them away from water and avoid exposing them to so much dust.

Price

Let’s’ talk about their prices. The cost of Crucial X8 starts at $150, and it becomes expensive if you choose the bigger storage capacity. It goes the same for the Samsung T7, which currently has a starting price of $110. From the looks of it, the X8 is more expensive than T7, and you can see how big the price difference is.

 

Conclusion – Crucial X8 vs Samsung T7

We have come to the final part of this comparison. The question is: which of the two is your best choice? We would recommend the Samsung T7. Although it has almost similar features to the Crucial X8, the T7 has much better security features with its built-in encryption and the choice to create a password. It also has more color options to choose from and a faster transfer speed than the X8. Best of all, you get to enjoy the features of the T7 at a much lower price.

Marcel

Founder of TechVert.com. Tech enthusiast. Interested in gaming, computers, and walkie-talkies.

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