by Lyle Smith

Netgear Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Security Cameras Now Available

Netgear has announced the availability of the new Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Security Camera, the next generation of their Arlo Pro camera line. The Arlo Pro 2 features higher-quality 1080p HD video, a sleek compact design for discreet placement, and support for Amazon Alexa for live monitoring of your cameras from the Echo Show and TVs connected with FireTV. Moreover, with its weather-resistant build, Netgear indicates that the Arlo Pro 2 cameras can be placed virtually anywhere, while the Arlo Solar Panel (sold separately) will keep the rechargeable batteries at full charge with only a few days of full sunlight.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Book Duo 20TB Review

WD is a household name when in the external storage market largely due to the highly reliable and successful My Book line, which the company continues to expand and update. To this end, WD has added a new massive capacity model to their veteran My Book Duo line with a 20TB model. Compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0 (including two USB 3.0 Type-A hub ports), this massive dual-drive storage solution is meant for consumers and professionals who store a ton of media or those looking for a proven and easy-to-use backup solution.

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Orbi Pro WiFi System Review

In recent months NETGEAR has released two new WiFi systems: the award winning Orbi for home use and more recently the Orbi Pro aimed at small to medium businesses (SMB). The Orbi Pro WiFi System is quoted to deliver secure, reliable, and blazing fast WiFi doing so without the need to run Ethernet cords to access points throughout the office. The Orbi Pro is a tri-band WiFi system that uses patented Fastlane3 technology.

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB Review

Seagate has launched the latest update to their high-performance desktop 3.5" HDD line in the BarraCuda Pro family. Now available in capacities up to 12TB, the BarraCuda Pro is designed to meet the needs of professionals who want the high capacity that 3.5" hard drives offer, with as much performance as possible. To that end, the BarraCuda Pro features a 7,200 RPM spindle speed with 256MB cache, offering up to 250MB/s in sustained sequential transfer rates. Incidentally, 250MB/s is 30MB/s faster than the prior top capacity 10TB Pro drive. Seagate is also making sure they take care of their BarraCuda Pro owners with a five-year warranty and two years of Seagate Rescue data recovery included. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Adds New 12TB Guardian Series HDDs

Today Seagate Technology expanded its popular Guardian Series of HDDs with new 12TB drives, IronWolf, IronWolf  Pro, and BarraCuda Pro. These new drives will have the highest capacity of currently shipping NAS and Desktop drives, along with Seagate’s proven reliability and performance. With the addition in capacity size, Seagate’s Guardian Series expands its capabilities to handle the growing data needs seen by SMBs, SOHOs, and prosumers.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-x31P2 & TS-431X2 SMB/SOHO NAS Now Available

QNAP has announced the release of their TS-x31P2 (available in 2-bay and 4-bay) and TS-431X2 (4-bay) NAS solutions featuring quad-core processors. Designed for SMB and SOHO users, both new series support Snapshots so users can restore the NAS to a previous state in the event of hardware failure or when suddenly hit by ransomware/malware attacks. The TS-431X2 also comes equipped with a budget-friendly 10GbE SFP+ port for “empowering containerized applications” through 10GbE networks.

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub Review

The CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub is the newest generation of the company’s single drive solution line designed specifically for Thunderbolt 3-compatible computers. The AV Pro 2 supports both full size 3.5" and 2.5” solid state drives, which can easily be removable via the hubs module design so users can seamlessly expand their systems as their storage needs change. Though the AV Pro 2 is marketed for use with Thunderbolt 3 machines, it can also to connect to laptop or desktop via its USB-C port while supporting USB Micro B connectivity. These ports also allow users to connect USB peripherals--including external drives, card readers, and Apple SuperDrives--with the ability to also daisy chain to another AV Pro 2.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology Announces a Slate of new XS/Plus/Value-Series DiskStations and Surveillance Products

Synology has announced a slate of a new XS/Plus/Value-Series DiskStation NAS solutions, which is comprised of the DS3018xs, Synology’s first 6-bay tower NAS with optional 10GbE and NVMe SSD support; the DS918+, DS718+ and DS218+, which are designed for intensive daily workloads; and the DS418, which features optimized 4K online transcoding capability. Also announced is a brand-new lineup of surveillance products, including NVR1218, an all-in-one, standalone surveillance solution; and the VS960HD, a compact surveillance monitoring and management device.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA SE730H Portable SSD Review

ADATA has released the SE730H, the company's most compact portable SSD to date. Improved in every way over previous drives, the SE730H is a high-performing portable drive that now leverages 3D TLC NAND. In total, this allows for lower cost per gigabyte, more efficient power consumption, better reliability, and faster write performance. In addition, with the transition to 3D NAND, ADATA claims the SE730H boasts a 25% longer lifespan compared to previous models in the SE730 line.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Announces New G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series; New SDK for G-RACK 12

Western Digital has announced the new G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series, a portable SSD that uses the latest-generation USB-C connectivity to deliver reported transfer speeds up to 560MB/s, and the availability of a new software development kit (SDK) for its G-Technology 12-bay G-RACK 12 NAS solution.  

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