Consumer Reviews
by Kevin OBrien

Samsung PRO Endurance Card Review (128GB)

Last month Samsung launched the PRO Endurance line of memory cards, specifically designed for intensive video recording use cases. Offered in capacities up to 128GB, the microSDHC/microSDXC cards deliver what Samsung states is the industry-best for continuous video recording. The 128GB card delivers 43,800 hours while the 64GB card offers up to 26,280 hours and 32GB card offers up to 17,520 hours. The cards offer read speeds of 100MB/s, but in this case the writes are more important. The PRO Endurance cards support 30MB/s writes, meaning the cards can ingest full HD (1920×1080) streams with 4K support, which requires 26 Mbps. 

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by Kevin OBrien

Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor (U3818DW) Review

The U3818DW is another slick-looking curved monitor offering from Dell, with a generous 37.5-inch size with a 21:9 aspect ratio, roughly 25% more screen real estate than the company's 34-inch monitor (p3418hw). This thing is big and gives users a ton of space to work with. Moreover, it features a minimal bezel via the company’s InfinityEdge technology, which essentially means an “edge-to-edge” display surface. Dell believes that this design promotes efficient productivity by reducing user eye-movement across the screen while working, as users can easily fit multiple windows on the screen.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba OCZ RC100 Series SSD Review

Toshiba is looking to enter the mainstream end-user NVMe stage with the OCZ RC100 Series SSD. Launching at a competitive price point, the RC100 is designed for those looking to upgrade their rigs to the much faster NVMe technology, fitting in the middle of their SATA (such as the OCZ TR200) and higher-end NVMe SSDs (such as the RD400). Eventually NVMe will supplant SATA in PCs, offering solutions for value and an alternate line for performance. Toshiba is getting out ahead of the curve with the RC100 as it tries to address that space. 

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook x2 G4 Review

The HP ZBook x2 G4 is the company’s newest addition to their ZBook line. The ZBook x2 G4 makes mobility effortless and is probably the truest form of a mobile workstation we’ve reviewed so far. With its slim form factor and detatchable and powerful components, the x2 brings the best of both worlds in performance and versatility. This is because, unlike tablet hybrids like Microsoft’s Surface Pro, the x2 has all components in the tablet itself, so it performs the same with or without the keyboard.

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by Ed Hardy

Kingston Canvas React SD & microSD Card Review

Professional photographers need very fast storage cards, and that's what the new Kingston Canvas React SD and microSD cards promise. No matter the size, they offer up to 100MBps read and 80MBps write. The cards support Class 10 UHS-1 U3, so they're fast enough to record 4K video, as well as burst-mode photography.

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston Canvas Go! SD & microSD Card Review

The Kingston Canvas Go! is the mid-range model of their Canvas Class 10 UHS-I U3 SD card line, targeting the needs of professional photographers and those looking to film in 1080P and 4K using devices such as a DSLR, drone, or other SD card action cameras. The Kingston card also offers a huge 512GB capacity model, which is rare among cards in this class.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston Canvas Select SD & microSD Card Review

Earlier this year, Kingston released its new series of both SD and microSD cards with its Canvas Series. The new series covers three different cards for three different use cases and therefore performances. For this review we will be looking at the lower end of the spectrum, in terms of performance, with the Canvas Select. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung SSD 970 EVO Review

Samsung has updated its highly-popular consumer SSD line again with the 970 EVO, which is being released along side the 970 PRO. The new 970 EVO is the 2nd generation of Samsung’s 3-bit MLC NVMe SSDs for client PCs and features upgraded Intelligent TurboWrite technology and the all-new, enhanced Phoenix controller. Using the tiny M.2 2280 form factor, the new Samsung drive is targeted specifically prosumers, gamers and media professionals who require reliable performance under high workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung SSD 970 PRO Review

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced the third generation of its popular M.2 NVMe SSDs. Again releasing a high-performing 970 PRO and a higher capacity 970 EVO. As with previous versions, the 970 is pushing performance levels even higher with quote speeds of 3.5GB/s read, 2.7GB/s write, and up to 500K IOPS in both read and write. This level of performance is ideal for prosumers and tech enthusiasts as well as those that work with 3D, 4K graphics work, high-end games and data analytics.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Black NVMe SSD (SanDisk Extreme Pro) Review

Recently Western Digital released a new high performance PCIe NVMe SSD with the second generation WD Black. Being a “Black” drive it is intended for general, higher-end PC use. The drive come in a M.2 2280 form factor making it ideal for notebooks and ultrabooks. With the advancements in speed and capacity, the drive is made with gaming, video editing, and VR in mind. A parallel offering from the SanDisk brand in the Extreme Pro family is also available and is essentially the same drive.

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