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

Lenovo ThinkPad T520 Review

Certain notebooks gain a reputation over the years, be it good or bad. The Lenovo ThinkPad-series has been one of those families that has grown for almost 20 years, while still retaining the namesake of being one of the best business notebooks money can buy. Today we look at the new Lenovo ThinkPad T520, which is a 15.6-inch mid-range business notebook that can be equipped with NVIDIA Optimus graphics and a wide range of unique storage options.

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by Charles Jefferies

Patriot Convoy 425XL 4-Drive Backplane Review

The Patriot Convoy 425XL provides desktop users with the ability to add up to four 2.5” hard drives to their desktop using just one 5.25” device bay. The hook though is RAID, the Convoy supports RAID 0/1/3/5/10 Clone, Large, and JBOD via onboard JMicron controller. 

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by Charles Jefferies

USB 3.0 to Dual SATA Cable Adapter Review

The USB 3.0 to dual SATA adapter can connect two SATA hard drives to a computer using a single USB port. Both 2.5” and 3.5” drives are supported. Does it work as advertised? Read our review to find out.

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by Ben Stafford

Addonics CipherChain ExpressCard Review

The Addonics CipherChain ExpressCard gives your ExpressCard 34/54-equipped notebook the ability to connect to eSATA or USB external storage devices. Additionally, when using an eSATA drive, the Addonics card can provide hardware-based AES 256-bit full-disk encryption.  In this brief review we put this Addonics device through some quick tests to make sure it works as advertised.

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by Charles Jefferies

Icy Dock DUAL 2.5” to 3.5” SSD/Hard Drive Bracket Review (MB990SP-B)

Not all storage drives are 3.5” – as a matter of fact, most Solid State Drives (SSDs) are 2.5”. Icy Dock created its 2.5” to 3.5” hard drive bracket for those looking to fit one or two 2.5” drives into a 3.5” desktop hard drive bay. We take a look.

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by Charles Jefferies

Silverstone HDDBoost Review

Silverstone’s HDDBoost device pairs an SSD with a hard drive and claims to increase performance up to 70%. We take an in-depth look and find out if it delivers.

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by Brian Beeler

Icy Dock 3 in 2 Internal Backplane Review (MB973SP-B)

The MB973SP-B is Icy Dock's latest backplane unit that allows users to install three 3.5" hard drives inside a computer case's two 5.25" device bays. To make life easy on those who make frequent drive swaps, the backplane is tray-less and screw-less. There are plenty of other highlights as well, including individual drive power buttons, SATA 6Gb/s support, front ports for more functionality and a fan with three speed settings. 

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by Brian Beeler

Western Digital TV Live Hub Review (WDBABZ0010BBK)

Western Digital recently released their latest entry in the media streamer space. While the earlier editions of WD's TV Live family fared well, renewed competition from Apple, Roku, Netgear and others mean that to succeed with a steaming device you have to accomplish several goals, foremost among them a nice interface, ease of use, ease of configuration and the "wild card." Each device sports a certain trick up its sleeve and it's often these tricks that differentiate in a crowded marketplace. For Western Digital and the TV Live Hub (WDBABZ0010BBK), the wild card is the inclusion of a 1TB internal hard drive. We'll explore the device in detail and discern the benefits of the internal storage in this review.

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by Neama Esmaili

Lite-On IHBS112 Blu-ray Drive Review

When building a media PC, selecting the proper optical drive is crucial. To that end we've been working with LiteOn's newest high definition optical drive, the Blu-ray capable IHBS112. This drive has the ability to read and write Blu-ray discs as well as your typical DVD and CD media. This model is currently listed as one of the fastest available Blu-ray writers on the market with a maximum Blu-ray write speed of up to 12X. It also allows for high-definition 3D playback, making it a potentially nice addition for those looking to upgrade their desktops to Blu-ray

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by Charles Jefferies

Icy Dock MB994SP-4S 4-in-1 SAS/SATA Hot Swap Backplane RAID Cage Review

The Icy Dock MB994SP-4S allows you to fit up to 4TB additional storage in your desktop. In just one 5.25" device bay it fits four 2.5” hard drives or SSDs, including 15mm height SAS and SATA drives.

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