Consumer Reviews
by Lyle Smith

WD My Cloud Pro Series PR4100 NAS Review

The My Cloud Pro PR4100 is the company's premium 4-bay NAS solution designed for creative teams and small businesses looking to streamline their workflow. This versatile NAS features multiple RAID configurations, password protection, 256-bit AES volume encryption and upwards of 32TB in storage capacity. Though the PR4100 enters a flooded SOHO NAS market, its ease of use through software, such as the WD SmartWare Pro and the My Cloud dashboard, help it to stand out among its competition. Users can also leverage the PR4100 to remotely edit, save and share their projects using the My Cloud mobile app for Android and iOS.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Netgear Arlo Q Security Camera Review

The Netgear Arlo surveillance system is well known for being the easiest to set up for a home or small business/remote office. We run a few Arlo systems both in the lab and at home; the wireless cameras can go just about anywhere. An all wireless system has drawbacks though, primarily the Arlo cameras require batteries that must be replaced at regular intervals depending on the frequency and duration of recording the user configures. As the platform continues to mature though, Netgear recognized this issue and has since launched Arlo Q  and Q Plus cameras. The Q cameras are wired, which gets around the battery issue, and they bring a slew of new features like two-way voice, 1080p resolution and support for continuous video recording with an optional Arlo plan upgrade. Like the standard wireless units, they connect to the Arlo base station over WiFi; the Arlo Q simply plugs into a wall outlet for power where the Q Plus gets power over Ethernet. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate SSD For Xbox Review

One of the main drawbacks to the current generation of console gaming is that fact that the games are so large, capacity-wise, that they can easily fill up the consoles’ internal drives. Some games are as large as 120GB, and with all the add-ons and downloadable content (DLC) can push most games past the standard sizes. Gamers have the choice of buying consoles with larger internal drives but there is still a relatively small limit. Seagate has offered a solution with its Game Drive for Xbox with up to 4TB of additional space. Taking this to the next logical step, Seagate is now selling an SSD version of the its Drive which will lead to faster load times, transfer of data, and overall better performance one expects with SSDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lexar C1 microSD Reader & JumpDrive C20c Flash Drive Review

USB-C is a new interface that has the benefit of being omnidirectional (meaning it can face up or down and still work, just not sideways). On top of that several devices can be powered through the port including a new slew of notebooks, mostly from Apple. The biggest drawback has been lack of adoption and therefore lack of third parties making USB-C compatible devices. With the new release of Apple’s current generation MacBook Pro along with releases form Dell, Lenovo, and HP, USB-C is more prevalent and more devices are coming on the scene. Lexar has recently added a handful of USB-C devices including the Lexar C1 microSD Reader and Lexar JumpDrive C20c Flash Drive.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba OCZ TL100 SSD Review

The Toshiba OCZ TL100 is an entry-level, budget-friendly SSD first announced in September. Toshiba is positioning the SSD as an HDD replacement and touting benefits one would expect from an SSD over HDD. This inculdes dramatic improvement in boot times and overall performance, with lower power consumption resulting in longer battery life. The TL100 uses Toshiba’s TLC NAND flash memory technology, and has one of the lowest suggested retail prices on the market for an SSD.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell OptiPlex 7040 Series (SFF) Review

The Dell OptiPlex 7040 Series is a small form factor (SFF) computer that can pack quite the power punch per square inch. The OptiPlex 7040 comes equipped with the latest sixth generation Intel Core Processor. The OptiPlex 7040 is offered in two form factors: the mini tower and the SFF. Both of these form factors have been scaled down from the previous models. For our review we will be looking at the SFF.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Dell Precision 15 3000 Series (3510) Mobile Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 15 3000 Series (3510) is an affordable mobile workstation that features Intel Xeon Gen-6 processors, an AMD FirePro professional graphics card, as well as high-performance NVMe storage. The Precision 3510 comes with a variety of displays including an HD touchscreen option to meet a variety of use cases. Dell has also worked to improve the touchpad on the workstation and put an emphasis on weight, as the 3510 starts at under 5 pounds.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor Review (U3417W)

The Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor was launched in September of this year, about a year after Dell's first curved panel--the U3415W. New in the 34" panel this time around is an updated body design with a touch more curvature. The panel is squarely targeted at business users or other multitaskers wanting to get the most out of a single panel, rather than managing multiples on their desk. The UltraShart 34 aims to improve the life of professionals who need a significant amount of display real estate to do their jobs. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Back in September, Samsung announced two new NVMe drives. The 960 PRO is targeted to pro users and enthusiasts, and the 960 EVO aims to take the advantages of NVMe and bring it to the everyday consumer. The 960 EVO comes to market with the idea of allowing consumers to benefit from the performance, low latency, small form factor, and low power consumption of NVMe—without the professional performance price tag. While the EVO doesn’t aspire to the performance of its PRO brother, it does bring a drastic improvement over a SATA interface.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Latitude 15 5000 Series (E5570) Review

The Dell Latitude e5570 is the latest addition to the company’s line of business-class mobile notebooks. Feature-heavy and light-weight, the Dell laptop boasts a 15" scratch-resistant FHD touch screen with 6th Gen Intel Core i or Core i vPro with quad core processor options, an M.2 interface, and up to 16GB (2x8GB) of 2133MHz DDR4 Memory. Users also can choose from a range of mobile accessories to help promote efficient workflows for those who are most often on the go. Though not as powerful as the 7510, the business notebook will suit most general business-use cases.

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