by Adam Armstrong

Intel Releases Optane Memory

Last week Intel released the first product in its Optane family (previously 3D XPoint), the Optane SSD DC P4800X, an enterprise SSD. Today Intel is revealing the second product in its Optane line, the Intel Optane Memory. This new product is aimed more at PC users as a way to increase performance and responsiveness while allowing end users to still have large capacity HDDs as their primary storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lexar Releases Durable JumpDrive Tough

Today Lexar announced the release of its new USB flash drive that is aimed to provide high-performance while being able to take a beating, Lexar JumpDrive Tough. The new flash drive has a USB 3.1 interface for faster speeds as well as a maximum capacity of 128GB. Not only can the drive take a few lumps in travel it also provides a level of security for its users.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Dell Precision 5520 UHD Mobile Workstation Review

Dell's newest addition to its Precision line leverages workstation-quality componentry with top-of-the-line consumer features. The Precision 5520 UHD, which is boasted as the "world's thinnest, lightest and smallest 15-inch mobile workstation," is mostly geared towards mobile users who want both performance and aesthetics. When fully outfitted, the Precision 5520 features a 4K display (15.6" UltraSharp UHD IGZO), Intel Quad Core Xeon 3.00GHz CPU, 32GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 2TB of SSD storage, all weighing in at around 3.93lbs. Dell also outfitted the new Precision 5520 with a carbon fiber palm rest and a new (more sensitive) touchpad. With its range of specifications and use cases, the Dell Precision 5520 can stand up to any other premium notebook in its class.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Demonstrates New NAS Solutions at the 2017 Photography Show

QNAP is set demonstrate a range of new NAS solutions at this year’s Photography Show on March 18 to March 21. These specific NAS models are designed to suit the needs of amateur and professional photographers involved with heavy image and video production.

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review

Announced during CES 2017, the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT) is a USB flash drive that provides a whopping 2TB in maximum capacity--the highest we’ve seen on the market to date. With such a large storage pool, this GT gives consumers and professionals a viable alternative to Cloud storage for transporting and storing huge amounts of data.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-453Bmini Vertical NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability TS-453Bmini, the company’s newest vertical NAS solution. Featuring a modern glossy build, the TS-453Bmini is equipped with the latest Intel 14nm J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz processor, AES-NI encryption, 4K UHD output and transcoding. QNAP calls their new NAS a high-performance NAS solution that provides users with security and intelligent services and designed as an ideal data storage, backup, sharing, and entertainment option for home and small office use.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe M.2 SSD Review

ADATA has entered the M.2, NVMe market with the release of the XPG SX8000. With their tiny physical footprint coupled with impactful performance, M.2 drives have become immensely popular over the past few years, offering a ton of flexibility and power. The XPG SX8000 is a mid-range M.2 SSD that supports the PCIe Gen3x4 interface and one is one of the first drives to feature the Silicon Motion SM2260 controller. The SM2260 is designed mainly for client and entry-level enterprise SSDs (in this case, however, a high-end consumer SSD) and features four 8Gbps lanes of simultaneous data flow combined with with eight NAND channels. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Lexar Announces 256GB microSD

Today Lexar announced the latest Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC UHS-II (U3) memory card with a capacity up to 256GB. Beucase of its small footprint and high capacity, the new microSD card is ideal for use cases such as sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones. Not only does the Professional 1000x microSDXC UHS-II card have more capacity, it can hit transfer speeds of 150MB/s read and 90MB/s write.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Announces A New Mobile Products At MWC 2017

At Mobile World Conference 2017, Western Digital Corp. (WDC) announced a handful of new mobile products. These products come under both the SanDisk product lines. These products include a new microSD card ideal for 4K and full HD video. WD announced a few new flash/USB drives. And the company announced a new iNAND for embedded flash storage, the 7350.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Black PCIe SSD Review

M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs are all the rage on the consumer side of the market. These drives tend to pack a performance punch, take up a tiny amount of space (ideal for the notebook market that gets thinner and thinner each year), and more recently can bring more than enough capacity for consumer needs. WD, not wanting to be left behind, has introduced their M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD as part of their well received “Black” line of products. Like all M.2 NVMe SSDs, WD touts that their drive will deliver superior performance in a small form factor. The Black PCIe comes in both 256GB and 512GB capacities.

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