Consumer Reviews
by Lyle Smith

Crucial MX300 SSD Review (1050GB)

A few months back, we reviewed the Crucial MX300 (750GB). And though we found it to be a bit inconsistent in the way of performance, it did produce good numbers in some areas and is certainly one of the more affordable high-capacity SSDs on the market today and a very viable choice for consumers. Crucial has added a 1050GB model to their MX300 line, which is certainly a welcomed addition.

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by Tucker Mindrum

LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Desktop Drive Review

LaCie’s latest batch of desktop drives combines emerging USB-C technology with their classic Porsche design for up to 8TB of storage. Although it can take advantage of the improved transfer speeds of USB-C, this drive is fully compatible with USB 3.0 (and USB 2.0) through the use of LaCie’s included adapter cable. Thanks to the enhanced wattage of USB-C, compatible laptops can draw power from LaCie’s desktop drive; this feature clearly caters to the new MacBook, which consolidates its data transfers and power supply into one port. LaCie’s customary aluminum finish and minimalistic enclosure design easily pairs the Porsche Design desktop drive with any Mac setup (although it is also compatible with Windows).

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Innov8 Desktop Hard Drive Review

Seagate's new Innov8 HDD is the first USB-powered hard drive that provides 8TB of storage; users with a USB-C/USB 3.1 compatible device can deploy Innov8 with a single cord. Although it is not exactly "portable," Innov8 is protected by an aluminum enclosure which makes it more durable than most desktop drives. In addition to the 8TB of storage that the drive itself provides, Innov8 comes with a 2-year subscription to OneDrive (200GB). Innov8 is also compatible with the Lyve app, which backs up mobile device media into a folder that can be accessed on the Lyve desktop app.

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by Tucker Mindrum

TarDisk Storage Expansion Card For MacBook Review

TarDisk’s line of expansion cards addresses one of the most common issues for MacBook users: running out of disk space. Although there are many of products available that can provide users with more storage space (e.g., external drives, SSD replacements), TarDisk is the only aftermarket product that is capable integrating with the internal drive without voiding Apple’s warranty. Users can add up to 256GB of storage to their MacBook Pro or MacBook Air with TarDisk’s simple plug and play design, which discreetly occupies the SD slot. TarDisk’s Pear 2.0 software connects (“Pears”) the card to the MacBook, immediately adding either 128GB or 256GB of storage. TarDisk imposes a negligible increase in power consumption, only amounting to roughly 5 minutes of battery use over a 7-hour period.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS916+ Review

Acting as an upgrade to the DS415+ in both size and components, the DiskStation DS916+ is the latest addition to Synology's Plus Series of NAS solutions designed for media professionals and new and existing businesses that are planning for growth in the future. The DS916+ offers a ton of scalability when leveraging Synology's DX513 expansion units, creating a 9-bay NAS that can house a total raw capacity of 72TB using nine 8TB HDDs. This will certainly allow businesses to lower their startup costs with the capability to at least double their storage capacity when needed.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB HDD Review

Part of Seagate’s new “Guardian Series,” the BarraCuda Pro is the world’s highest capacity desktop hard disk drive (HDD) topping out at a whopping 10TB. The 3.5” HDD builds off of Seagate’s past innovation to being this ultra-high capacity HDD to market. The capacity isn’t the only selling point for this drive, with 7200 RPM Seagate is claiming high performance, up to 220MB/s max sustained transfer rate. The drive has decent endurance as well for a desktop HDD at 300TB per year or 820GB per day workload rate with 24x7 usage.

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by Chris Thomas

Samsung 850 EVO SSD 4TB Review

Today, Samsung took the wraps off its latest model in the 850 EVO line of SSDs. Designed for masses, the 850 EVO might not be as flashy as Samsung’s 850 EVO PRO, but it still boasts top-of-the-line features like Samsung’s 3D V-NAND, 4GB of LPDDR2DRAM cache memory, and a 5-year warranty. The Samsung 850 EVO SSD 4TB uses Samsung’s 48-layer 3D V-NAND 3bit MLC.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Samsung EVO Plus 256GB MicroSD Memory Card Review

Samsung’s expansion of their EVO Plus memory card line marks them as one of the first vendors to offer 256GB of storage in a microSD form factor. As with most major memory card vendors, Samsung has added the 256GB model to accommodate the growing resolution of pictures and videos and devices that capture them such as GoPro cameras and drones; with the new EVO Plus, users can store up to 55,200 photos, 33 hours of HD video, or 12 hours of 4k UHD video.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Passport Wireless Pro Review

Today Western Digital has released the latest version of its WD Passport Wireless. This Pro version comes with up to 50% more capacity of the previous version as well as the ability to take advantage of several new application capabilities that weren’t available at the time of the previous release. The WD Passport Wireless Pro comes with up to 3TB of capacity, both USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity, an SD card reader, WiFi connectivity and can even charge your mobile devices.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS216+ Review

The Synology DS216+ is equipped with high-quality components and two drive bays giving it a unique appeal to performance-minded users that don't necessarily need a huge storage pool. That being said, users can still enjoy up to 16TB of storage (using two 8TB HDDs), which is certainly enough capacity for the home user and at least through the beginning stages of smaller businesses. Synology has also designed the DS216+ to make the installation of hard drives quick and easy, as it uses a screw-less bays with hot-swappable support to eliminate the need for any tools.

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