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 Josh Linden

WiebeTech ToughTech Secure mini-Q Review

WiebeTech’s ToughTech Secure mini-Q offers 128bit or 256bit encryption in a portable 2.5” SATA enclosure that uses key fobs to grant access to encrypted volumes, avoiding common social hacks that can compromise passphrase-based encryption. The mini-Q provides whole disk encryption to protects the entire drive, including boot sector, file allocation tables, and swap files.

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by Josh Linden

Western Digital My Net N900 Review

Western Digital has just announced its first line of consumer networking products, the My Net family. WD provided us with a My Net N900 wireless router, effectively the top-of-the-line until the arrival of the My Net N900 Central with integrated storage next quarter. Our first impression is that the My Net series adds a few distinctive WD touches to the typical home router concept, so it will be interesting to see how a storage company with an established consumer brand will continue to make room for itself in the consumer networking market.

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by Josh Linden

LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series Review

The migration from eSATA to Thunderbolt means that manufacturers have an opportunity to provide transitional devices offering the higher performance of Thunderbolt while protecting their customers’ investments in eSATA-connected storage. StorageReview first saw LaCie’s eSATA Hub demonstrated in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. Now that it is widely available, we’ve had a chance to work with the hub ourselves to see how practical it will be for users who need to maintain eSATA connectivity during the switchover to Thunderbolt.

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by Mike Kowalski

Icy Dock DuoSwap 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hot Swap Drive Caddy Review (MB971SP-B)

Announced earlier this month, the Icy Dock DuoSwap 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hot Swap Drive Caddy gives buyers an easy solution to connect any size of hard drive or SSD into their desktop computer. Offering twin hot-swap bays, the DuoSwap Caddy supports both 3.5-inch hard drives, as well as 2.5-inch hard drives or SSDs that are 9.5mm tall. In this review we go through the features and see how well this caddy holds up in the StorageReview lab.

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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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