Why you need a TREZOR Model T

Adrian Cantrill
6 min readJun 1, 2018

I recently bought a pair of TREZOR Model T’s not because I needed them, but as a new toy. I have some crypto currency investments and secure them via two sets of two Ledger Wallets ( you can never have too much in the way of resilience).

I didn’t expect to use the TREZOR Model T as my primary crypto wallet, nor did I expect to like the TREZOR as much as I do. The most surprising thing about them isn’t how well they handle their primary task of securing crypto — but the extra features that they provide, and how the new hardware excels at providing them.

What’s Changed?

The TREZOR Model T offers a significantly better user experience over it’s predecessor (below right) and my existing devices the Ledger Wallet (below left). It has a large colour screen which offers full touch capabilities.

Interaction with previous generation devices was generally accomplished using hardware buttons, where one signals YES, the other NO. Day to day usage generally consists of approving transactions, entering PIN codes and typing larger more complex pass-phrases using a combination of those two buttons — anyone who remembers (not)SmartPhones will remember the joy of text-entry before touch screens.

A Ledger Nano S on the left and the older TREZOR on the right

With the Model T you can touch the screen, physically interacting with the device to enter pins or type pass-phrases and if nothing else this offers a compelling reason to upgrade if you value your time and/or sanity.

TREZOR make bold claims about the hardware supporting more in the way of future features — but on day one, the transition to a touch device is a game-changer.

Working as intended — Model T is a champ for crypto

I won’t labour this point much, as the primary function of the TREZOR Model T, it makes sense that using it to manage crypto is a joy. It’s quick to power up and it offers a touch-enabled quick and clean way to enter a PIN code which gets the device unlocked and lets you manage your portfolios.

Adrian Cantrill

Technical Trainer, Cloud Architect, Tech, Productivity & Efficiency Obsessed wannabe minimalist.