Consumer Reviews
by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage Review

Seagate's newest addition to their signature line of wireless storage devices includes 500GB of storage and is geared more towards the everyday consumer than the previously reviewed Wireless Plus. Like their other wireless hard drives, Wireless Mobile Storage aims to ease the strain of large data libraries on mobile devices. Given the limited capacity of most smartphones and tablets, users end up streaming desired content. This can result in unnecessary data usage if the user is out of reach of Wi-Fi (often accompanied by usage fees). Offloading media libraries to Seagate's battery powered Wireless Mobile Storage (which creates its own local Wi-Fi signal) allows users to avoid usage fees while maintaining remote access to their content.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Seven Portable Drive Review

The Seagate Seven is the company’s newest addition to their external drive portfolio and is catered towards style-savvy users. This USB 3.0  portable drive is something very different than what we normally expect from Seagate. The Seven leverages an ultra-thin 7mm form factor and slick, premium design. Though not obvious when you first look at the Seagate Seven, this extremely thin device is very tough and durable for its size. 

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial BX100 SSD Review

While Crucial’s MX200 is a feature-heavy consumer SSD, the BX100 is catered more towards users looking to upgrade their systems to solid-state-based at a lower cost in exchange for a slight drop in performance. Crucial even admits that the “BX100 SSD isn’t the fastest drive on the market” on their website. With a price tag starting at roughly $70, this value-driven SSD is an attractive choice for consumers on a budget, who still want a better computing experience than what HDDs provide. The BX100 features a Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, Micron MLC NAND and custom firmware that combine to boast ultra-low power consumption.

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial MX200 SSD Review

Crucial released the MX100 last summer, which we found to be a compelling choice as a system upgrade for new users as well as for those who put an importance on data reliability. Moving forward with their latest consumer SSD release, Crucial believes their MX200 improves on its predecessor in every way due to its new Dynamic Write Acceleration technology and other new features (such as the drive's use of an adaptable pool of flash memory). As with all of its drives, Crucial has built the MX200 with a focus on reliability and longevity, making this new drive a very attractive SSD option for many mainstream consumers. The MX200 line also comes in various form factors (2.5” 7mm, mSATA, M.2 Type 2260, and M.2 Type 2280), catering to a wide range of different applications and OEM use cases.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Portable SSD T1 Review

The Samsung Portable SSD T1 is a storage device specifically designed for both enthusiasts and travelling professionals looking for both high performance and ultra-mobility. At a glance, it certainly looks like a unique portable storage solution, as this sleek looking device is incredibly small and built slightly larger than a business card (71mm long by 53.2mm wide).  If you have some space in your wallet, it could likely fit there. And, with its use of the most modern V-NAND technology, this SSD device also packs a serious punch in the performance category.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Patriot LX Series 256GB SDXC Memory Card Review

Patriot has upgraded the maximum capacity for their LX Series SDXC to 256GB. The new 256GB model is more or less identical to the smaller capacity models, with the same reported transfer speeds (80 MB/s read and 20MB/s write) and power usage (2.7-3.6V). The LX Series flash cards would be best implemented in demanding use cases by entry-level to professional photographers or videographers leveraging high-level equipment (standard SD Associated 3.0 compliance). With the increased capacity, users have the convenience of clearing space less frequently and can comfortably record in HD 1920x1080 without worrying about running out of space. The cards are backed by a 5-year warranty and carries a price tag of $129.99.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Patriot LX Series 128GB microSDXC Memory Card Review

Patriot recently released a 128GB capacity of their LX Series microSDXC cards. The LX is intended for use with HD camcorders and mid-range cameras, but can be loaded into SD host devices with its SD adaptor. It has standard Class 10 SD Association compliance, and the same reported transfer speeds as the 64GB model (70MB/s and 20MB/s for read and write, respectively). As with the rest of the LX Series, the card comes with Patriot's 5-year warranty and has an MSRP of $129.99.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Lexar Professional 1066x CompactFlash Card Review

Lexar has expanded their CompactFlash library with the new line of Professional 1066x CompactFlash cards, which is now their top-performing CF line. Delivering a reported 160MB/s in read transfers (vs. 120MB/s in their next-fastest line), the 1066x line is geared towards enthusiasts or professional photographers and videographers. These cards can be loaded into HD camcorders, 3D cameras, or DSLR cameras to capture modern video formats (1080p, 3D, and 4K) across a range of top-tier as well as entry-level hosts.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Lexar JumpDrive M20 Flash Drive Review

The new M20 flash drives by Lexar were designed to handle mobile storage and transfer needs for On-The-Go (OTG)-enabled Android users. Up to 64GB can be leveraged through its retractable (and capless) micro-USB and USB 3.0 connectors to alleviate mobile data drain and congestion; M20 drives perform offline cordless transfers (at 120MB/s read and 55MB/s write, which is faster than WiFi-mediated transfers) and could also be used alongside the mobile device's internal storage (or kept separate as a backup hub). They also function as normal USB drives, so Lexar has simply added a few meaningful incentives for Android users.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung SSD 850 EVO SSD Review

The 850 EVO, announced today, is a mainstream client SSD that is designed for superior performance and reliability during everyday computing. Samsung has really been hitting it out of the park with their storage devices these past few years, so we are always excited to see what their new SSDs are capable of with each iteration. If the 840 EVO is any indication of how well its successor will perform, Samsung's new SSD has a ton of potential to be relevant for a very long time. 

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