Accessories Reviews
Accessories reviews balance between a spectrum of products from computer cases to video surveillance cameras and even to accessories that enable users to squeeze more storage into smaller footprints. Accessories reviews form a large catch-all to compile all of the tech extras that users require, but that don't quite fit into our other categories of SSDs, HDDs, SOHO NAS and the like.
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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by Adam Armstrong

Netgear Arlo Wireless HD Camera System Review

Netgear has updated its VueZone Wireless Camera system with the new Arlo Wireless HD Camera System. The cameras are completely wireless, the only wires are the Ethernet from the Base Station to the router and from the Base Station to an outlet. Users can have the system up and running in under 10 minutes, with a few more minutes to put up the mounts and place the cameras. The cameras are then monitored using a smartphone or tablet, or through a web browser. The Arlo system supports up to 30 cameras and has a slew of use cases such as security, baby monitoring, pet monitoring, nanny cams, or a way to share videos with friends and family.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Icy Dock TurboSwap 3.5" Tray-Less Mobile Rack Review

Ideal for applications such as medical and military systems, industrial PCs and servers,  the Icy Dock TurboSwap 3.5" tray-less mobile rack (MB171SP-B ) allows for the mounting of a 3.5" hard drive into a 5.25" bay while providing stability, thermoregulation, and lots of added features. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

Icy Dock EZConvert Air HDD/SDD Converter Review

Icy Dock has recently released the EZConvert Air converter/mounting kit, which consists of two cost-effective products that are designed to maximize airflow while mounting a 2.5" HDD/SSD into a 3.5" bay (the MB382IP-3B and MB382SP-3B respectively); the only difference between the two products reviewed herein is that one serves SATA drives and the other serves SAS drives.  The EZConvert Air is comprised of the same form factor of a 3.5” hard drive, such as the outer dimension, location of the SATA connector, and the mounting holes. This allows users to fit it perfectly inside any standard 3.5" SATA/SAS drive bay. Icy Dock indicates that any system that uses 3.5” SATA HDDs is compatible with the EZConvert Air. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

Icy Dock FLEX-FIT Trio 3.25" to 5.25" Converter Kit Review

The Icy Dock FLEX-FIT Trio allows users to load up to two 2.5" drives and one 3.5" device or drive into a 5.25" bay. The 3.5" device can be secured via optional screws (which we recommend using), and like many of Icy Dock's new products, the FLEX-FIT Trio utilizes passive cooling. Although the 2.5" bays are reserved for SSDs or HDDs, the 3.5" bay can be filled with drives, USB 3.0 hubs, multimedia card readers, HDD/SSD mobile racks, or HDD/SSD brackets.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Icy Dock EZ-Fit Lite Dual 2.5" to 3.5" Bracket Review

The Icy Dock EZ-Fit Lite Dual 2.5" SSD/HDD mounting kit easily combines two 2.5" drives in to a 3.5" bay, allowing users to maximize storage space in reduced form factors or in use cases where more drive density is needed. The bracket can accommodate all 2.5" drives between 7 and 9.5mm and features tool-less installation (unless the optional reinforcing screws are desired). The EZ-Fit Lite features an open-air design that provides passive cooling for the drives through side vents and slightly elevated ridges to keep the drives raised within the housing. It also has 60 screw holes strategically placed over its casing to accommodate most chassis designs.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Netstor TurboBox Review (NA211TB-LD)

The Netstor TurboBox (NA211TB-LD) is an external PCIe enclosure that connects to any Thunderbolt-equipped computer for expansion via three PCIe slots and four 2.5" bays that can handle SSDs or SAS/SATA HDDs. The TurboBox connects to computers via a single Thunderbolt cable to offer users 10Gb/s in dual channels for enhanced performance. Optionally, users can add a RAID card to the TurboBox enabling RAID configurations. The TurboBox also features a 250W power supply with fan as well as plenty of ventilation on the rear and front of the aluminum enclosure to keep PCIe cards and 2.5" drives cool. Specifically for the four drive bays in front, the enclosure comes with a large cooling fan to ensure proper airflow and cooling for what's sure to be a highly taxed enclosure. 

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by Lyle Smith

Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Review

The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution is a modular card reader that supports up to four cards at once via swappable reader cartridges using just one USB port. The novel design makes it currently the only such product on the market. The core of this device revolves around the Professional Workflow Hub HR1, which is a four-bay cabinet that is compatible with the most popular card formats, including: XQD, CompactFlash, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) Ultra High Speed-I (UHS-I), and Secure Digital High Capacity UHS-I. The Lexar reader was developed in response to videographers' and photographers' need for an efficient way to transfer their huge amounts of RAW image files and HD, 3D, and 4K video files on various types of memory cards. As such, this Lexar solution provides them with much faster transfer rates with a more seamless way for off-loading their data.

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by Josh Shaman

OWC Mercury Helios PCIe Enclosure Review

The OWC Mercury Helios is a PCIe enclosure that supports one half-length, full-height PCIe card, interfaces via Thunderbolt and is designed as a notebook companion for creative professionals who need robust performance for their workstation or even on-the-go. With this design incorporating Thunderbolt, OWC is targeting users who have typically found themselves relegated to their desktop workstation for applications that require a PCIe port. The Helios removes this barrier and is lightweight enough at just 2.4 pounds and has small enough dimensions to make it simple to pack up and tote along for business. OWC sells the enclosure bare or with a range of capacities from their OWC Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD. We recently reviewed the first Mercury Accelsior, but with the new Accelsior E2, OWC added two 6Gb/s eSATA ports on top of the same performance the first Accelsior provided.

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by Josh Shaman

Netgear VueZone Camera System Review

The Netgear VueZone is a battery-powered camera system that is wire-free and delivers extremely simple 10 minute setup so that users can check-in on their pets, kids, home deliveries and anything else they need to monitor using a smartphone, PC or Mac. The second-generation camera system offers motion-detection, and recently Netgear has also introduced night vision cameras as well. The system utilizes a base station that connects to a home network using its Ethernet port. The station supports live streaming views of up to two camera, though with upgraded monthly plans stations can support as many as 15 cameras and can also record content and store it on the cloud.

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