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 Tucker Mindrum

Transcend JetDrive Lite 130 Storage Expansion Card for MacBook Air Review

Transcend's JetDrive Lite expansion cards offer MacBook users an easy way to add up to 256GB of storage to their computer without the hassle of an external drive. Each JetDrive Lite model occupies the SD port of its compatible host device and delivers reported transfer rates of 95MB/s read and 60MB/s write. Although there are a few other expansion cards on the market, JetDrive Lite sets itself apart with its low cost; serving 256GB for only $154.99 in its highest capacity model.

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by Tucker Mindrum

TarDisk Storage Expansion Card For MacBook Review

TarDisk’s line of expansion cards addresses one of the most common issues for MacBook users: running out of disk space. Although there are many of products available that can provide users with more storage space (e.g., external drives, SSD replacements), TarDisk is the only aftermarket product that is capable integrating with the internal drive without voiding Apple’s warranty. Users can add up to 256GB of storage to their MacBook Pro or MacBook Air with TarDisk’s simple plug and play design, which discreetly occupies the SD slot. TarDisk’s Pear 2.0 software connects (“Pears”) the card to the MacBook, immediately adding either 128GB or 256GB of storage. TarDisk imposes a negligible increase in power consumption, only amounting to roughly 5 minutes of battery use over a 7-hour period.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell 23 Monitor (S2317HJ) Review

Designed to improve the overall home and workspace experience, the Dell 23 Monitor (S2317HJ) features a full HD screen with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz. The nicely designed S2317HJ comes equipped with VGA, HDMI, audio line-in, and audio line-out ports for the usual connectivity options, and offers both wireless Qi and PMA charging. The S2317HJ also has built-in dual 3W integrated speakers for some pretty decent audio, and boasts a 23-inch 178°/178° ultra-wide viewing angle with full-tilt capabilities. This allows users to easily maneuver the screen in all kinds of different positions and angles, which is ideal for those who work in places where their monitor might be situated in an unconventional location.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Netgear Arlo Security Cameras for Home Security

The Arlo Wire-Free HD security cameras are designed to offer reliable home security no matter if they are exposed to the elements or used indoors. Previously, we reviewed the Arlo Wire Free HD Camera System, which we found seamless to setup and manage. The Arlo platform is ideal for those who don’t have on-premise storage and need a simple solution for home security and monitoring. Netgear has also made these wireless cameras weatherproof, making them perfect for monitoring outdoors. In this article we cover how users can install a system around their home and in certain circumstances qualify for a homeowner's insurance discount.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

In the Lab: KDLINKS X1 Dashboard Camcorder

The KDLINKS X1 is an affordable, yet high-quality, vehicle dashboard camcorder that features full-HD 1920x1080 video at 30fps as well as a fairly wide lens angle of 165°. While this device is primarily designed as a safe-guard against insurance fraud by recording your commute, for our purposes, we are using it for video creation when testing things like memory cards (e.g. microSD), video archival solutions and as part of our larger Intenert of Things (IoT) type projects. As content around these types of solutions grows, so does the demand for storage space on the edge and in the core; especially considering the footprint of high-resolution recordings.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In the Lab: Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor (UP2715K)

The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K (UP2715K) is touted as the industry’s first 5K monitor designed for media professionals or others looking for an Ultra High Definition monitor. Coupled with high-quality, built-in speakers by Harman Kardon, Dell’s new monitor features 14.7 million pixels at an optimal native resolution of 5120 x 2880 (seven times greater than a 1080p monitor), which allows it to boast some serious color definition: both precise and accurate.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Icy Dock ToughArmor Series Backplane Cage for 5.25" Bay

The backplane cage from Icy Dock, which is part of their new ToughArmor Series, allows up to eight 2.5” SSD or HDD drives (up to 7mm height) to be consolidated into one 5.25” bay. This product aims to save space, reduce workspace clutter, and provide a reliable means of building a workstation or compact server. It would be best used in a gaming rig, home server, HTPC, or any non-RAID JBOD storage setting. Icy Dock has equipped this device with Medical & Military standard housing, promising to protect drives and maintain function through a wide range of environments.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear CM500 Cable Modem Review

The Netgear CM500 is a high-speed cable modem that is certified for DOCSIS 3.0 to work with providers such as Comcast XFINITY and Time Warner Cable as well as most major cable service providers.  Third party modems, such as the CM500, are becoming more and more popular as they offer customers various useful benefits, such as eliminating the monthly fee of renting/financing the provider’s modem, which can amount to roughly $10 a month in some areas. In addition, users get to choose a modem from a company with an established pedigree like Netgear instead of having to settle for what the ISP has to offer as well as the ability to have much more control over its functionality, including firmware updates, connection, and security features. Service providers often give lackluster support in this domain, which usually result in a ton of frustration for the customer. That being said, the Netgear CM500 is certainly designed to offer these perks in addition to its aesthetically pleasing design, the latter which allows users to place the device virtually anywhere versus hiding it in some closet.

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by Lyle Smith

Lexar Professional Workflow HR2 Review

The Lexar Professional Workflow HR2 is a four-bay reader and storage drive hub that uses both Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 connectivity, allowing for compatibility with both Windows and Mac OS platforms. We previously review its predecessor, Professional Workflow Reader, and were very impressed with its multi-card performance speeds and sturdy build. With the new Lexar hub, users can pick and choose from a variety of combinations of readers and storage drives to suit specific use cases and specialized workflows. The biggest advantage of Lexar’s Professional Workflow line is that users will be able to save time due to its ability to transfer and back up data from multiple cards at once, which allows professionals to quickly edit and share their files. Not only does the Professional Workflow HR2 offer quite a bit of flexibility, Lexar indicates that the hub provides the performance needed for high-speed transfer and backup of RAW images, high-res photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video. In addition, the HR2 is also backwards compatible with Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 using the same cables and connectors.

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by Lyle Smith

Netstor TurboBox Thunderbolt 2 Review (NA211TB-LD)

Previously, we reviewed the Netstor TurboBox (NA211TB-LD) equipped with a Thunderbolt 1 connection and found it to be a good companion for creative professionals who need high performance storage in a portable form factor. The TurboBox itself is a very slick looking storage solution with three PCIe slots and four 2.5" bays that can handle SSDs or SAS/SATA HDDs. It also has a 250W power supply with plenty of ventilation located on both the front and back of the high-end aluminum enclosure. We recently upgraded the device with Netstor’s Thunderbolt 2 upgrades kit, which essentially doubles its throughput capabilities and as a result will allow for an even more efficient workflow for users. The upgrade process itself was quick and seamless and consisted of simply switching out the PCIe boards.

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