Trezor model T: the evolution of the Trezor One

After reviewing the Trezor One, the next logical step was to give a try to the model T.

Presented as a more premium device, it includes new features such as a touch screen or a MicroSD card which will allow you to have onboard encrypted storage in the future. Consequently, the price is higher. €149 (excl. VAT) for the model T versus €69 (excl. VAT) for the One.

Is it worth the extra money? This is the question we are trying to answer in this short review.

First impressions

The box is small and clean and the presentation of the device is different.

The hologram seals is placed on the hardware wallet. Exatcly like for the Trezor One, it’s a very important element you should check before setting up the device.

The box includes:

  • Trezor model T wallet
  • usb power cord
  • magnetic dock
  • “Getting started” guide
  • 2 recovery notes
  • 4 stickers

 

 

 

 

 

How does it work?

Technically speaking, it is very similar to the Trezor One reviewed here.

Starting with the wallet

The first thing you have to do once you get your Trezor One is to set it up. You can follow the instructions here. It is very clear and easy to do.

Receiving funds

1) Connect the wallet to your computer, open this page and enter your pin code.

2) You have now access to your dashboard. Select the currency you would like to receive. In this particular case, i wanted to test the new native interface for Ethereum (currently in beta version).

 

3) You will be asked to check your ETH address on your trezor.

 

4) The large screen of the model T can display the whole address but can also generate a QRcode.

 

5) 6) You can either us the QR code/address from your device or from your computer dashboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sending funds

1) Using the integrated ETH native interface, click on Send.

2) Enter the recipient address and select the amount you would like to send. You can also choose the fee (gas) amount.

3) You will be asked to confirm the transaction with your device.

4) Confirm it. And it’s done!

Additional features

Trezor Password Manager:

Trezor developped a tool allowing you to store and encrypt all your passwords in the same place. All you have to do is installing the Chrome extension, plugging in your Trezor device and you have access to them. You will be able to connect to any website or accounts without remembering or typing your strong password full of special characters.

In order to increase the security level of your accounts, you can enable the “passphrase” feature.

It is a secret phrase which will protect your accounts in addition to the PIN codes.

Your Trezor will combine the randomness of your recovery seed with your chosen “passphrase” and will generate a new wallet.

Passphrase:

Conclusions

The Trezor model T is one of the most complete hardware wallets on the market. The touch screen offers a more friendly user experience and the device in itself supports more coins than its little brother (the Trezor One).

It is available for 149 EUR (VAT) on the official website. It is obviously more expensive than the Trezor one but you get a couple more features. Since counterfeited devices exist on the market, i would recommend you to purchase it on the official website or via authorized retailers.

To conclude and answer to the first question “is it worth the extra money?”, i would say yes if you can afford to. You will definitely get what you pay for.

Disclaimer : this article is not a partnership. I asked the team if they could send me a piece so i could test it and give you my unbiased opinion. If i had to partner with anyone it would be disclosed.