Consumer Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

WD Black PCIe SSD Review

M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs are all the rage on the consumer side of the market. These drives tend to pack a performance punch, take up a tiny amount of space (ideal for the notebook market that gets thinner and thinner each year), and more recently can bring more than enough capacity for consumer needs. WD, not wanting to be left behind, has introduced their M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD as part of their well received “Black” line of products. Like all M.2 NVMe SSDs, WD touts that their drive will deliver superior performance in a small form factor. The Black PCIe comes in both 256GB and 512GB capacities.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 15u G4 Mobile Workstation Review

The HP ZBook 15u is a compact mobile workstation equipped with Windows 10 and the latest 7th generation Intel Core i5/i7 processors. This the 4th generation ZBook also comes equipped with three USB ports (charging, 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0) a DisplayPort, and a 720p HD webcam while giving users several HD touch or a non-touch 4K UHD display options.

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by Josh Linden

Synology RT2600ac Router Review

The Synology RT2600ac is a wifi router that brings together a comprehensive selection of wireless protocols and features with a management interface based on Synology's DSM operating system. Powered by a dual-core 1.7Ghz processor, the RT2600ac incorporates 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios and offers WAN aggregation, WAN failover, and hardware-assisted Layer 7 traffic control. The result is a wifi router and access point with a polished management experience that is specified for up to 100 connected devices.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

NETGEAR Arlo Pro Security Cameras For Home Security Review

Arlo security cameras are a simple way to add cameras around the home without need of extensive, or even very much, technical knowledge. In our initial review, we found the cameras to be easy to install and manage with the enough features to keep the average consumer happy. As with anything, there is always room for improvement and improve the latest version, the Arlo Pro, are. Arlo took a look at some feedback around things like when the camera begins recording, swapping out batteries and its inherent cost, and what happens is the Internet goes out, and has made improvements across the board.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Z2 Mini Workstation Review

The HP Z2 Mini workstation is exactly what the name implies; it's a tiny workstation that looks more like a thin client than a full-fledged workstation. Make no mistake though, despite the diminutive  size, the Z2 Mini is still packed with everything most creative and design professionals need. Inside the case there's an NVIDIA Quadro M620-class GPU along with an HP Z Turbo PCIe SSD. For those who need a bit more local storage, there's also a standard 2.5" SATA bay that can house a hard drive or potentially a second SSD if needed. For those with visual performance requirements, the Z2 can drive up to six displays.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell 24 Touch Monitor (P2418HT) Review

The Dell 24 Touch Monitor (P2418HT) is a highly versatile 24-inch display equipped with 10-point touch functionality. Equipped with an articulating monitor stand, the 24 Touch is targeting graphics designers and other users that need hands-on contact for productive workflows. It also gives the display a greater level of sensitivity and dexterity with multi-touch applications, easily adapting to different positions. The Dell 24 Touch features a wide range of connectivity options, including VGA, DP, HDMI, USB3.0 and USB2.0, and offers a 1080P resolution panel with an 8 million to 1 dynamic contrast ratio. To keep glare to a minimum and colors looking accurate regardless of the position of the monitor, Dell also includes a matte finish IPS screen supporting a wide viewing range of 178ᵒ side to side or up and down.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell 24 Monitor For Video Conferencing Review (P2418HZ)

The Dell P2418HZ is a 24-inch monitor bundled with built-in functionality to make video conferencing a more seamless experience. Remote meetings are a standard practice, so there certainly is a lot of appeal for a purpose-built monitor that is ready out-of-the-box and optimized for sound and video recording. While most business monitors are frugal when it comes to built-in conferencing tech (or are devoid of it altogether), the P2418HZ includes a 2 megapixel full HD image sensor camera with a privacy shutter, noise-cancelling microphone, 5W integrated front-firing speakers and call-centric hardware buttons.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Duet Review

The Seagate Duet is a 1TB portable storage device that works with Amazon Drive to provide unlimited cloud storage. The Duet allows users to store up to 1TB of files, photos, videos, or music locally, as well as sync with the users Amazon Drive account. That way files are backed up on the device with a copy on the linked Amazon Drive account. This has two benefits: if anything happens to the Duet files are still safe and if users are without the drive itself, they can log into their Amazon account from various devices in order to share files.

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by Adam Armstrong

CalDigit Tuff 2TB Review

The CalDigit Tuff is a 2TB portable drive that can take a beating without loosing user’s data. The drive leverages USB-C connectivity (and it is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0) making it attractive to customers using new devices with USB-C ports such as the MacBook and the new MacBook Pros. USB-C has a maximum transfer speed of 10Gb/s. The drive also supports future embracing Thunderbolt 3 technology that has a maximum transfer speed of 40Gb/s.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X NAS Review

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X is part of the company’s premium build NAS line designed for small growing businesses. Offering 6 drive-bays, the 626X can deliver a generous maximum storage capacity of 60TB and has the ability to scale up to 110TB using the company's EDA500 expansion chassis. The 626X also offers comprehensive file sharing, backup, disaster recovery, and cloud options. The ReadyNAS 626X is equipped with an Intel Xeon Quad-Core (2.4GHz Xeon) Server Processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM with error-correcting functionality to detect and correct the many types of internal data corruption. Netgear also supports a 10GbE add-on card for more intensive data needs.

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