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 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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by Neama Esmaili

Lite-On iHAS524 24X Internal DVD Writer with LabelTag Review

Lite-On recently sent us their latest internal DVD writer, the iHAS524. While we normally don't get too jazzed up about DVD burners, this one has a unique twist, LabelTag.  LabelTag works with any standard optical storage disc to burn data and create a label in the same session - very interesting and much neater than a marker. 

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by Ben Stafford

Lexar Echo ZE Backup Drive Review

The Lexar Echo ZE backup drive is a miniature thumb drive meant to be a "plug-and-stay" backup solution - it stays in your USB drive and backs up files while you work (or play).  Available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB models, the Echo ZE comes with Lexar Echo backup software that provides encryption of backed up data and ongoing backups to store changes to files as you make them.

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