Trezor Model T
After a little wait following the Pre-Order out Trezor Model T has arrived safe and sound directly from Satoshi Labs.
The packaging is nice, but it is nowhere near as secure as the first generation.
With the first iteration the packaging had enough glue on it to repair even the largest of holes in ships, meaning that gaining access to it more often than not resulted in utterly destroyed packaging; making tampering that much more obvious.
The Model T, however is only sealed by a thin heat-shrink film. Once this is removed, the two box halves slide apart as easy as that.
Once inside the flip-lid, the Trezor Model T sits on top of its magnetic backing plate, which is a totally separate piece to the Hardware Wallet itself. A nice little touch is that the magnetic back-plate is itself sticky backed; so could be attached to any suitable surface for quick access/storage.
It also made for some light entertainment whilst still in the box: if you shake the box firmly, it would come loose and rattle round the box for a second, before being attracted back to the plate and assuming its original position. Cool.
Inside the box, there’s some plasticised cards for writing down your Seed Words, but I did have trouble finding a Pen that could effectively write on them without smudging off; even a few minutes later. A regular old Biro pen would be perfect, but for whatever silly reason, I only seemed to have the liquid ink types to hand when I was writing the Seed Words down.
Also in the Box is a USB-C to USB-A (the new format to the old one), some Stickers, a Pearlescent “Thank-You” note and a Quick Start guide that basically says “go to wallet.trezor.io” and “plug it in”.
As previously mentioned, the box isn’t as “tamper evident” as the previous iteration. Although, there is a holographic sticker bearing the Trezor logo over the USB-C port and let me tell you – this thing would be tamper evident. Well… see for yourself.
It tears off in the most horrific fashion, leaving behind a slightly shiny, sticky, hole-y mess. It took a not insignificant amount of time to get it off. I’m sure that a mild solvent would make short work of it, but not wanting to risk the plastics, this was not the route I went.
The Trezor Model-T, like its predecessor ships with no Firmware on it. It is downloaded as part of the setup process. If yours already has firmware on it – return it for a refund and do not send any coins to it; it could be compromised.
Setup is a breeze; connect using the supplied cable to a Computer and visit the website. The setup process on the website is set out in a ‘wizard’ style format meaning:
- Input answer
- Press next
Once the firmware is installed and you’ve chosen to either setup as a new wallet completely, or for it to replace an old wallet from its seed words (Trezor Model T is compatible with both 12 and 24 Seed Word types), the Trezor Model T will ask you to confirm that you’ve got the Seed Words noted down correctly and will randomly ask you to enter a few of them to prove you know what you’re doing. This is where I noticed my biggest complaint with the Trezor Model T. The bezel around the edges of the, surprisingly responsive, touch screen is just too damn high. Its a good 1.5mm down to the glass of the screen; which doesn’t sound a lot but when your meat hammers are trying to get to any of the letters near the edge, it is fiddly.
The Trezor does help a little by greying out letter selections that cannot be the next letter choice; but this does not make a good reason to make the bezel that high. I think R&D were asleep when that design choice slipped through the cracks. Come on, guys.
Ergonomics: man and machine together!
Thankfully though, you only have to use that screen every time you use it for every operation on it, so its not that… wait … stupid bezel.
It hasn’t gone unnoticed that there’s an SD-Card slot on the side of the Trezor Model T. There’s nothing in the instructions that give any clues as to what it is for and the website isn’t much help either. Neither is Reddit, Google or the CEO’s Twitter Page.
Vague is how I’d describe that slot. Best guess is that its for secure document encryption using the Trezor’s Keys as the encryption/decryption device. Could have far-reaching advantages for corporations, even ones that have no interest in cryptocurrency.
That’s all we know for now. I think. Attempting to insert a SD-Card in the slot results in the satisfying “click click” of a “push to eject” style slot and the screen flickers once. That’s it.
Pending an announcement and a firmware update.
Like its Predecessor, the screen on the Model T can be customised a little. Either to differentiate between wallets you own, or for dat dope-ass bling factor. Custom images, or one from their library can be chosen and a nice custom label too.
I chose the Ethereum Badge. Partly because it’s my Crypto of choice and partly because its the nicest match with the black plastic and the stupid bezel.