Consumer Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Rugged RAID 4TB Review

The LaCie Rugged RAID 4TB is a portable storage device that, as the name implies, has a capacity of 4TB and can be configured in either RAID0 or RAID1. The device comes with both a Thunderbolt connection (which it is bus powered through) and a USB 3.0 connection (users will have to use the AC adapter with the USB connection). LaCie claims sustained speeds of 240MB/s in RAID0 configuration and using the Thunderbolt connection to transfer files.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology G-DRIVE ev ATC With Thunderbolt Review

G-Technology recently announced some new additions to its rugged line, The G-DRIVE ev RaW and the G-DRIVE ev ATC. The G-DRIVE ev ATC is a 7,200RPM, 1TB portable drive that can handle some pretty rough treatment and still protect user’s data. The G-DRIVE ev ATC comes in two models, a USB 3.0 only model and a USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt model. Both models have a SATA connection for use with a G-DOCK ev.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Vector 180 SSD Review

The OCZ Vector 180 is the direct successor to the Vector 150, which was a nicely designed SSD that we found very reliable while boasting great endurance. The Vertex 180 improves on these qualities by offering power failure management functionality as well as adding OCZ’s ShieldPlus plan, the latter which offers consumers a market leading customer service and replacement plan. Like all recent OCZ drives, the Vector 180 uses an in-house controller with the OCZ Barefoot 3 M00, giving OCZ much more control over their pricing, as well as improved performance, reliability, and support. This has been made obvious in OCZ’s recent release of reliability data, which demonstrates how they have become leaders in the consumer SSD market in this category.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Backup Plus External Hard Drive Review (8TB)

The Seagate Backup Plus 8TB is the latest addition to their portfolio of external desktop drives, offering users with the largest available single-drive solution available on the market. The availability of an 8TB model is certainly a very important release for many, as data size and storage requirements continue to grow at a very fast pace. As such, the 8TB unit is ideal for professionals who deal with extremely large files (i.e. videos, project files) and need an archive solution. The new Seagate external drive is also catered towards consumers looking to backup and protect the entire contents of their computer and on their frequented social media websites. Under the hood lays the 8TB Seagate Archive HDD, a drive used predominantly for active archives, featuring a relatively low price point as well as a very energy efficient design. Users can also install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac on the Seagate Backup Plus, which allows them to use the drive interchangeably between both Windows and Mac computers without having to reformat the drive.

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by Adam Armstrong

Apple MacBook Pro Samsung SSD Review (March-2015)

A few weeks ago Apple held an event in San Francisco to showcase the new additions to its product line. Most notably was its new smart watch, the Apple Watch (or colloquially referred to as the iWatch by its fans and detractors alike). There were a few other announcements as well including the re-launch of the MacBook (which was discontinued in July of 2011 in favor of the MacBook Air) that is thinner than the MacBook Air. The MacBook comes with Apple’s new butterfly-mechanism keyboard and new force track pad. More of an interest to us was the new MacBook Pro 13” and its new features including a new Samsung SSD inside. 

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by Adam Armstrong

WD My Cloud DL4100 Review

The My Cloud DL4100, which was designed to be easy to deploy while bringing new features to its users, is WD's newest four-bay SOHO NAS. All of the components of the DL4100 are made by WD, so the fully integrated system is ready for use right out of the box, delivering up to 24TB, 117MB/s read, and 107MB/s write. WD's MY Cloud OS (which comes standard with the DL4100) allows for PC/Mac consolidation, remote and mobile access (computers, tablets and smartphones), third-party app support, and maintained performance for multiple users. WD promises to provide reliability, security, scalability, which is evidenced in its features.

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by Lyle Smith

Patriot Ignite SSD Review

After Patriot’s two-year hiatus from the SSD industry, the company has finally put themselves right back in the thick of things with the release of the Patriot Ignite SSD, which is designed for a variety of use cases inside notebooks and PCs including gaming and content creation. Their switch to solely focusing on flash media and memory products was mostly due to their minimal success with their previous SSD products, including the Patriot Pyro, Blaze, and Torch drives. These kinds of setbacks are common, as smaller companies need to offer something unique or anything else to differentiate themselves from the storage titans. That being said, the Patriot Ignite has been equipped with the new Phison S10 controller, quoting maximum sequential read and write speeds up to 560MB/s and 545MB/s, respectively, using a SATA III 6.0 Gb/s interface.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Canvio AeroCast Wireless HDD Review

The Toshiba Canvio AeroCast Wireless HDD is a portable external hard drive for everyday consumers. The device is geared for users that have a large media library that they would like to take with them, say on a vacation, but don’t want to load the entire library onto their mobile devices. Instead they can load up the selected files: videos, photos, music, or documents, and share the files with up to five other users regardless of internet connection.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Personal Cloud Review (2-Bay)

The Seagate Personal Cloud is a small home or office NAS that acts as a private cloud for users when they are home or away. All the user's personal media be it photos, videos, or multimedia collections can be stored on the Personal Cloud and streamed to a television, mobile device, or DLNA compatible device such as a gaming console. The Personal Cloud can also be used as a backup and sync device for mobile devices, PCs, and Macs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Blackmagic MultiDock Review

The Blackmagic MultiDock is a 4-bay SSD dock that enables users to insert multiple SSDs from a production video camera and then edit files directly from a Thunderbolt enabled computer. The MultiDock installs quickly by using the drivers already installed on Thunderbolt enabled computers. Users can mount up to 4 2.5” SSDs by simply plugging them in and then the drives will be mounted to the computer the same as regular hard disks. The BlackMagic MultiDock is compatible with both Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 connections on both PC and Mac platforms. 

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