Consumer Reviews
by Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TS-253 Pro Review

The QNAP TS-253 Pro is a two-bay NAS optimized for small offices, workgroups and enthusiasts. It is a feature-intensive system that provides transfer speeds of up to 415MB/s, DDR3L RAM of up to 8GB (with upgrade), military-grade AES 256-bit encryption technology (70MB/s), video transcoding, third-party application compatibility, and virtualization. The TS-253 Pro supports VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 and can be scaled up to 60TB with QNAP’s UX-800P expansion enclosure. QNAP loaded the TS-253 Pro with a 22nm quad-core Intel Celeron 2GHz processor as well as 512MB of flash memory.

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by Lyle Smith

Corsair Neutron Series XT SSD Review

The Corsair Neutron Series XT SSDs are designed to provide a happy median between high performance enthusiasts and multimedia professionals. Corsair indicates that it can achieve this by offering consumers high performance, high capacity, high consistency, and high reliability. These are definitely a line of SSDs that have a very broad demographic, as they targeted towards to essentially any type of use case that demands performance.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Exceria SD Card Review

The Toshiba Exceria is the company’s most recent foray into the UHS-I SD card market. The new line of SD cards is designed for professional DSLR photographers, videographers, and high-res content creators looking for an economical alternative. The Exceria SD cards offer UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) support for 4K video recording and playback. In addition, the Toshiba cards are classified as x-ray proof.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba TransMemory ID USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

The Toshiba TransMemory ID is a entry-level USB 3.0 Flash Drive with a dedicated label area (9mm x 33mm memo space), giving users the ability to organize their files by different categories or names. In addition, Toshiba has used a very slim, space-saving design to allow the use of multiple USB devices side by side next the TransMemory ID.

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by Tucker Mindrum

G-Technology G-RAID with Removable Drives Review

G-Technology's G-RAID Removable Drive Storage System is a 2-bay attached storage device intended for media professionals that want a large capacity (at a lower cost) for low-demanding use cases. The G-RAID would be appropriate for high-definition streaming, photo editing, or just straight-forward storage. G-Technology loads the G-RAID with two of its standard 7200RPM HGST SATA III HDDs with total capacity options of 12TB, 8TB, or 6TB. This storage solution, which is compatible with both Mac and Windows workstations, offers varied interfaces (USB 3.0, FireWire, and eSATA) to appeal to a broad range of users as well as provide compatibility with older devices. It reportedly achieves transfer speeds of up to 330MB/s (12TB, RAID0), and can be configured in RAID0, RAID1, and JBOD. Like many of G-Technology's offerings, the G-RAID has a built-in RAID controller, allowing it to be easily shared rather than confined to a single workstation.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DS415+ NAS Review

The DS415+ is the updated mainline SOHO 4-bay from Synology that is designed for small and medium-sized businesses. It provides accelerated hardware encryption, plenty of storage capacity, and great performance. The DS415+ is equipped with enough juice to make it ideal for intensive tasks, which in turn allows the NAS to protect data without sacrificing too much performance.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Memory Card Review

The SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Memory Card is designed for professional photographers and videographers that require some serious performance. The new Extreme Pro line is certainly specced to satisfy these needs (and then some), with SanDisk boldly claiming that they are the world’s fastest SD cards available on the market. If the quoted performance numbers of 280MB/s read and 250MB/s write (maximum) are any indication, it will definitely rival any SD cards that are currently out there. The new Extreme Pro line is optimized for top-end cameras that support the new UHS-II standard and also has a UHS Speed Class 3 Rating, which is the highest available that supports 4K, Full HD, and 3D video recording. SanDisk's cards are quoted to at a minimum sustained write speed of 30MB/s in these conditions.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 Review

LaCie has updated their d2 desktop storage line, making it the first single drive solution to feature Thunderbolt 2 connectivity as well as the first to include both Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 together. LaCie has upped their game even more with their new d2, giving users the option to purchase an SSD Upgrade Kit to greatly enhance its performance. The kit adds 128GB of PCIe SSD storage and increases throughput up to 1150 MB/s for the flash component. LaCie indicates that users simply need to remove the rear panel and insert the PCIe card into the slot to install the add on. With this performance potential, LaCie is certainly correct in specifically targeting the d2 for audio, photo, and video professionals with resource-heavy workloads. This is a serious hardware bonus for users, as it allows for significantly more flexibility with both performance and capacity elements within the same housing.

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by Tucker Mindrum

G-Technology G-SPEED Studio 4-bay Review

The new G-SPEED Studio 4-bay, along with the G-SPEED Studio XL 8-bay and G-RAID Studio 2-bay, characterizes HGST G-Technology's new Studio line of customizable media-oriented attached storage devices. The G-SPEED Studio, with its maximum capacity of 24TB (using four 6TB 7200RPM HGST HDDs), delivers a reported transfer speed of 700MB/s and can handle multi-stream compressed 4K and 2K workflows in both pre- and post-production. The entire Studio line is designed to embody the minimalism commonly found in Apple products, closely aligned with Mac Pro design. The line exclusively features Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and comes pre-configured for Mac OS.

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by Lyle Smith

Micron M600 SSD Review

Micron has released the newest addition to its portfolio of solid state drives, the M600 SATA SSD, designed for low power consumption in client computing environments and the direct successor to the M550. The M600 is built using Micron’s in-house 16nm NAND Flash and features the company’s new dynamic write acceleration, both of which will likely add to its reliability and longevity. Micron has also implemented its industry leading encryption and security features within the M600, including Opal 2.0 self-encryption, RAIN reliability technology, power loss protection and adaptive thermal monitoring.

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