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 Kevin OBrien

HighPoint RocketCache 3240X8 Review

HighPoint has released their latest SSD caching effort, the RocketCache 3240X8. The RocketCache is a PCIe hardware and software combination that is designed to leverage anywhere from one to three low capacity SSDs as a high speed cache in front of hard drive based bulk storage array. While there are plenty of client caching solutions that use software and a single SSD to deliver improved performance, the RocketCache solution is unique in that it gives desktop users a great deal of flexibility, with several iterations possible from the four supported drives.

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by Mike Kowalski

Icy Dock EZ-Fit Pro Dual 2.5 to 3.5 Bracket (MB082SP) Review

Icy Dock is well known for their extensive line of drive adapters that solve dozens of issues around fitting x number of drives into y drive bay slots. The net result of each is that users maximize the number of drives their PC can hold. Icy Dock's latest iteration on this concept is the EZ-Fit Pro, which takes two 9.5mm 2.5" SSDs or hard drives and fits them into a 3.5" drive bracket.

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by Mike Kowalski

iTwin Review

iTwin has made a name for themselves with a unique and secure approach to remotely access files. The device itself is a two-part USB plug that is paired together, forming a secure bond through the computer and over the Internet between the two machines with each half of the iTwin connected. On its own, the iTwin is compelling for those who need secure access between machines, but until recently, iTwin was missing a key feature, multi-user access. Now multiple iTwins can be paired together to give an entire team access to a files on a host computer.

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by Andrew Baxter

Dell XPS 17 SSD Upgrade Review

The Dell XPS 17 L702X is a desktop replacement style notebook that is powered by an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and Nvidia dedicated graphics.  The XPS 17 L702X can be purchased and configured on Dell.com where it has a starting price of $899 for the entry level configuration.  You are able to configure the XPS 17 to your hearts delight, but as is often the case upgrades you make at purchase time are more expensive than if you do it yourself after market.  In addition to that you have no control over what brand or model of upgrade components Dell uses.  For this reason we advocate doing whatever upgrades you can after market to save money and have more control. 

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by Kevin OBrien

Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM Disk Review

Just as all hard drives and SSDs are not created equal, neither is RAM, as we're finding in our expanding coverage of traditional DRAM used in a RAM disk scenario. Corsair's Vengeance DDR3 RAM kit is part of Corsair's quad channel high-performance line of RAM, featuring PC3-12800 (1600MHz) speed rating and 9-9-9-24 latency timings, aimed squarely at overclockers and performance enthusiasts.

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by Kevin OBrien

Patriot Memory Viper Xtreme Division 4 DDR3 RAM Disk Review

When we think about performance storage in the consumer space, most of us skip quickly to the enthusiast-grade SSDs, and for most usage scenarios, that makes sense. But there are cases when even the fastest SSDs don't provide enough throughput - enter RAM disks. Storage devices built around volatile RAM have been in use for some time, but with RAM getting both faster and less expensive, there's an increasingly viable case to be made for using RAM as a semi-permanent storage solution. In this case, we take a look at Patriot Memory's Viper XTreme Division 4 RAM as used in a RAM disk scenario.

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by Andrew Baxter

Netgear N900 (WNDR4500) Review

While generally not considered part of the storage ecosystem, networking gear plays a key role in transporting data from device to device. In this case we're taking a look at Netgear's latest high-performance router offering, the N900 (WNDR4500). The N900 offers all the wired and wireless standards, including 802.11 b/g/n on the 2.4 GHz spectrum and 802.11 a/n on the 5.0 GHz spectrum, which incidentally has had its range increased this time around. It also offers features like wireless printer sharing, and ReadyShare USB storage access, which can deliver HD video streams to wired or wireless media streamers around the house.

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by Kevin OBrien

NewerTech Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet Review

If someone asked you how many wall chargers you have for a USB-powered device, chances are you could probably list off a few from the top of your head. Most devices sold today, including wireless hard drives and smartphones include a charging cable that terminates with a common USB plug. With its widespread compatibility, this allows users to charge their devices anywhere a computer or wall charger is located. This is where the NewerTech Power2U Ac/USB Wall Outlet comes into play, offering a cord-only charging solution for portable devices putting the charger inside the wall, never to be misplaced again.

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by Kevin OBrien

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual Mini Review

The OWC Mercury Elite Dual Mini is a two-bay portable RAID enclosure that supports RAID0/1 along with span and independent drive modes. The rock-solid aluminum body is barely larger than two stacked CD jewel cases and houses two 2.5" hard drives or SSDs. The array of interface options makes the bus-powered mobile RAID accessible via FireWire 800, FireWire 400, eSATA and USB 2.0.

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by Kevin OBrien

Icy Dock Dual Bay RAID Enclosure Review (MB662USEB-2-1)

The Icy Dock MB662USEB-2-1 is a simple two-bay enclosure designed to be used in RAID0/1, JBOD or Concatenation modes with 3.5-inch hard drives. The enclosure offers a quad-interface, allowing users to connect via FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0 and eSATA. In the box Icy Dock includes everything you need to get rolling (except the drives); power adapter and cables for each interface are standard equipment.

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