Consumer Reviews
by Tucker Mindrum

ADATA SU900 SSD Review

ADATA recently added to their 3D NAND SSD line with the SU900, a larger capacity option (2TB) that also includes performance improvements. Other than the newly added high speed SMI controller and the aforementioned changes, the SU900 is almost identical to its predecessor (the ADATA SU800 SSD). That said, the SU900 is being marketed as a good option for casual users looking to upgrade the storage of their ultrabooks, notebooks, or game consoles.

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by Brian Beeler

AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Review

At the beginning of the month, AMD launched a pair of new GPUs that address the entry-class performance needs of professionals in popular fields like design and manufacturing, media and entertainment and finance. And while AMD has plenty of specs that show where the new WX 2100 and WX 3100 stand out, they're really leading with a value-based message. Not just in terms of the $199 MSRP for the WX 3100, but also the fact that they offer a three year warranty (7 optional) with 24/7 local language support and a commitment to quarterly feature, performance and stability improvements. Of course the WX 3100 also has the popular application certifications including SOLIDWORKS, PTC Creo, Siemens NX, and CATIA. 

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

WD My Passport SSD Review

The WD My Passport SSD marks the brand's first foray into portable SSD storage. Building off of the extensive My Passport line, the SSD variant is available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities and promises to give speeds up to 515MB/s using the USB Type-C port. For those without USB-C, WD includes a USB 3 adaptor. As usual WD includes bundled software to give the drive a little more value, in this case that includes backup software and drive health monitoring. The My Passport SSD can also be protected with built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption and the drive includes a three year warranty. 

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by Lyle Smith

Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor S2718D Review

Touted as world’s overall thinnest profile in its class measuring just .25" at the edge, the Dell 27 Ultrathin monitor (S2718D) is designed for media professionals looking for a high-end monitor coupled with a modern build. The slim profile extends to the very sturdy metal base and pivot arm that use very little real-esate on your desk surface. The Ultrathin monitor helps users de-clutter their desks with USB-C charging capabilities, so those who have a notebook that supports USB-C charging such as the Dell XPS 13, only need one cable to drive their monitor and charge at the same time.

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by Lyle Smith

Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC UHS-II Review (256GB)

The Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC UHS-II (U3) is the company’s latest high-end memory card to hit the market. This tiny storage solution is expected to reach some fairly impressive speeds, as Lexar quotes 150MB/s read and 90MB/s write. The Professional 1000x also comes with a generous 256GB in storage capacity, that, according to Lexar, can store upwards of 36 hours of HD video, 67,600 photos, or 58,100 songs.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Intel Optane Memory Review

Optane Memory, formally 3D XPoint, is utilizing the first new class of NAND in nearly 25 years. The Optane Memory PC-caching solution works with Intel’s new 7th generation Intel Core processors and systems that support it, to accelerate large capacity HDDs. Coming in 16GB and 32GB modules, Optane Memory is packaged in an M.2 SSD that users can add into desktop systems. When paired with its software, Intel claims up to 28% faster overall system performance, 14x hard drive access, and 2x the task responsiveness.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 Review

Fresh on the heels of the new MacBook Pro release, LaCie brought several Thunderbolt 3 storage devices to market, the largest being the 12big Thunderbolt 3. Equipped with 12 drive bays that house 7200RPM 3.5" hard drives, the LaCie 12big is the company’s largest RAID storage model to date. Designed for media professionals who work with bandwidth-intensive content, this massive storage solution boasts up to an impressive 120TB of storage when configured in RAID5.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 3520 Mobile Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 3520 is a performance workstation that starts at an affordable price. Dell then offers a variety of build options, including Intel Core or Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics. The Precision 3520 features up to 32GB of 2400MHz DDR NECC and ECC RAM and is equipped with USB Type C and Thunderbolt 3 technology (through a Dell Thunderbolt Dock), making this a very flexible laptop. Not only has Dell made this workstation flexible performance-wise, Dell has also made the mobile workstation flexible when it comes to mobility, with its compact and lightweight build.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Drobo 5N2 5-Bay NAS Review

The 5N2 is Drobo's 7th new product after undergoing an organizational management overhaul in 2015, which has represented their shift to an emphasis on simplicity and streamlined consumer experience. These new objectives are aptly addressed in their new 5-bay NAS, which seems to have been designed with the user in mind. While the importance of a streamlined user experience can't be understated, the market has come to expect strong performance numbers thanks to companies like Synology, QNAP, Netgear, Seagate and Western Digital. The 5N2 includes several novel features that are worth noting, including mixed drive size utilization and at-a-glance storage monitoring. Drobo also added a few of their business features to the 5N2, including SSD cache and dual Ethernet ports.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lexar JumpDrive Tough Review (128GB)

Last week, Lexar announced the release of its latest JumpDrive thumb drive, the JumpDrive Tough. The new JumpDrive Tough is a USB 3.1 thumb drive with stated transfer speeds of 150MB/s read and 60MB/s write and a maximum capacity of 128GB. To top it off, it is also built to be rugged enough to take a few bumps along the way, without the price increase typcially seen in rugged devices.

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