Consumer Reviews
by Tucker Mindrum

Sony Pro 1TB HDD Review

Sony has released a new portable drive that is catered to professionals in the media industry. In addition to providing both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces, the Pro 1TB HDD has been optimized as a portable drive for on-the-go professionals that might see a large number of projects; the drives come in sturdy hard cases that protect the contents during archiving. The drives themselves also come with silicone covers, which makes them shock-resistant and capable of surviving 2 meter drops.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Toshiba FlashAir III SD Card Review

Toshiba has released a third generation of their FlashAir Wireless SD card (called the FlashAir III). This card is available in 16GB or 32GB capacity and comes with a wireless LAN chip and antenna for wireless transfers to computers, smartphones, and tablets. Subsequently, the FlashAir III allows users to more quickly share media from their camera to social media. This card would benefit both professionals that desire a faster turnaround as well as amateur photographers.

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by Lyle Smith

PROMISE Technology Pegasus2 R2+ Review

PROMISE Technology’s Pegasus2 R2+ is a two-bay Thunderbolt 2 DAS equipped with RAID 0/1 configurable storage using hot-swappable HDDs. The R2+ is catered towards smaller businesses, SOHO users, and media professionals looking to migrate and manage their data at very high speeds. Promise claims that the R2+ is the fastest Thunderbolt 2 hardware RAID storage solution on the market.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Laptop SSHD 1TB Review

Seagate has updated their 2.5 inch laptop SSHD line with potential for improved performance as well as a slight increase in capacity from 750GB to 1TB. The Seagate 2.5" SSHD is equipped with a SATA interface and a 5400-RPM spindle speed, is compatible with PC, Mac, and even certain gaming consoles. Like its predecessor, the HDD part of the hybrid drive allows for the extra storage all the while offering performance close to that of an SSD due their use of NAND flash, though Seagate doesn’t offer any quoted performance numbers. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

Toshiba TransMemory U362 USB 3.0 Review

Toshiba's new TransMemory line (U362) seems to be their attempt to produce a stripped down and inexpensive flash drive. There aren't really any groundbreaking features with this line, other than the fact that it only costs between $0.63 and $0.55 per GB (16GB model and 64 GB model, respectively). While there are other flash drives available at this price or lower, this line carries the Toshiba name, which has provided the market with some of the best quality flash drives available.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Toshiba Exceria Pro SD Card Review

Toshiba's new Exceria Pro expands the company's line of SD cards to include a performance-focused model geared towards industry professionals. With quoted transfer speeds of 260MB/s read and 240MB/s, the Exceria Pro is in line with other popular professional SD cards on the market. This release represents a big step in both performance and price for Toshiba; before the Exceria Pro, their top SD card was the Exceria, which provides roughly half the performance at slightly over a quarter of the price. This is also Toshiba's first SD card line to include a 128GB model. Professionals looking for top-of-the-line performance out of a quality brand should strongly consider the Exceria Pro.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate 4TB Backup Plus Portable Drive Review

Seagate's Backup Plus line of external drives will expand mid-July to include the 4TB portable drive (2.5-inch). This is the first portable SMR drive. This model will include all of the newest features of their Backup Plus line, most notably Lyve app compatibility, free OneDrive access, and social media backup capabilities. This portable drive comes with a NTFS driver for Mac, allowing users to cycle between Mac and PC systems without having to reformat.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Samsung P3 Portable (4TB) Review

Samsung now offers a portable hard drive (the P3 Portable) with up to 4TB of storage. The P3 keeps Samsung competitive in the market as brands continue to offer this capacity in a portable drive. Samsung puts an emphasis on the P3's design and small size (it is one of the thinnest portable 4TB drives available). The P3 uses a USB 3.0 port to perform data transfers.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Trion 100 Series SSD Review

The Trion 100 Series is OCZ’s newest addition to their portfolio of value-oriented SSDs and the first OCZ drive that features next-gen TLC Toshiba TLC NAND flash technology. OCZ has stated that the Trion is not a replacement to the similarly classed ARC line of SSDs, but a complementary release targeted towards an even more cost-sensitive demographic (the lowest capacity is priced at just $57). Though they aren't going to convince power-consumers to purchase the drive over premium SSDs such as the Samsung EVO, it still a viable option for a lot of people. This is a drive that is targeting the HDD upgrade market, all the while making SSDs more accessible to the mainstream consumer market.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 850 EVO SSD 2TB Review

Today Samsung has released the latest addition to its 850 EVO SSD line, the 850 EVO SSD 2TB. The 850 EVO SSD line is designed more for everyday computing. Like its PRO counterpart, the EVO use Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND 2bit MLC/3bit MLC. Unlike the PRO, the EVO is aimed more at mainstream computer users and less at enthusiasts. Samsung states that its 3D V-NAND gives it up to two times the density and write speed performance of other drives. The drive has 2GB of LPDDR2DRAM cache memory, SATA 6Gb/s interface, and comes with a 5-year warranty.

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