February 13th, 2011 by Ben Stafford
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.Read more
January 30th, 2011 by Charles Jefferies
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.Read more
November 5th, 2010 by Brian Beeler
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.
November 1st, 2010 by Brian Beeler
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.
October 18th, 2010 by Neama Esmaili
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-rayRead more
October 12th, 2010 by Charles Jefferies
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.Read more
September 29th, 2010 by Neama Esmaili
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.Read more
September 22nd, 2010 by Ben Stafford
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.Read more