Consumer Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

Apple MacBook Pro Samsung SSD Review (March-2015)

A few weeks ago Apple held an event in San Francisco to showcase the new additions to its product line. Most notably was its new smart watch, the Apple Watch (or colloquially referred to as the iWatch by its fans and detractors alike). There were a few other announcements as well including the re-launch of the MacBook (which was discontinued in July of 2011 in favor of the MacBook Air) that is thinner than the MacBook Air. The MacBook comes with Apple’s new butterfly-mechanism keyboard and new force track pad. More of an interest to us was the new MacBook Pro 13” and its new features including a new Samsung SSD inside. 

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by Adam Armstrong

WD My Cloud DL4100 Review

The My Cloud DL4100, which was designed to be easy to deploy while bringing new features to its users, is WD's newest four-bay SOHO NAS. All of the components of the DL4100 are made by WD, so the fully integrated system is ready for use right out of the box, delivering up to 24TB, 117MB/s read, and 107MB/s write. WD's MY Cloud OS (which comes standard with the DL4100) allows for PC/Mac consolidation, remote and mobile access (computers, tablets and smartphones), third-party app support, and maintained performance for multiple users. WD promises to provide reliability, security, scalability, which is evidenced in its features.

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by Lyle Smith

Patriot Ignite SSD Review

After Patriot’s two-year hiatus from the SSD industry, the company has finally put themselves right back in the thick of things with the release of the Patriot Ignite SSD, which is designed for a variety of use cases inside notebooks and PCs including gaming and content creation. Their switch to solely focusing on flash media and memory products was mostly due to their minimal success with their previous SSD products, including the Patriot Pyro, Blaze, and Torch drives. These kinds of setbacks are common, as smaller companies need to offer something unique or anything else to differentiate themselves from the storage titans. That being said, the Patriot Ignite has been equipped with the new Phison S10 controller, quoting maximum sequential read and write speeds up to 560MB/s and 545MB/s, respectively, using a SATA III 6.0 Gb/s interface.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Canvio AeroCast Wireless HDD Review

The Toshiba Canvio AeroCast Wireless HDD is a portable external hard drive for everyday consumers. The device is geared for users that have a large media library that they would like to take with them, say on a vacation, but don’t want to load the entire library onto their mobile devices. Instead they can load up the selected files: videos, photos, music, or documents, and share the files with up to five other users regardless of internet connection.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Personal Cloud Review (2-Bay)

The Seagate Personal Cloud is a small home or office NAS that acts as a private cloud for users when they are home or away. All the user's personal media be it photos, videos, or multimedia collections can be stored on the Personal Cloud and streamed to a television, mobile device, or DLNA compatible device such as a gaming console. The Personal Cloud can also be used as a backup and sync device for mobile devices, PCs, and Macs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Blackmagic MultiDock Review

The Blackmagic MultiDock is a 4-bay SSD dock that enables users to insert multiple SSDs from a production video camera and then edit files directly from a Thunderbolt enabled computer. The MultiDock installs quickly by using the drivers already installed on Thunderbolt enabled computers. Users can mount up to 4 2.5” SSDs by simply plugging them in and then the drives will be mounted to the computer the same as regular hard disks. The BlackMagic MultiDock is compatible with both Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 connections on both PC and Mac platforms. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 USB Flash Drive Review

Patriot's new Supersonic Rage 2 is a high capacity (up to 256GB) and high-performance flash drive packed into durable rubberized housing for secure on-the-go transfers. With reported transfer speeds of 400MB/s read and 300 MB/s write, Rage 2 not only surpasses the speeds of its predecessor (the Supersonic Rage XT, 180MB/s and 50MB/s, respectively), it is also one of the fastest high-capacity flash drives we have reviewed to date. The Rage 2 leverages MLC NAND and a state of the art IC controller, as well as an LED light indicator for transfers. This flash drive would be ideal for any use case, but especially those in which a sturdy large capacity drive is desired (such as traveling media professionals or extremists).

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by Adam Armstrong

Netgear Arlo Wireless HD Camera System Review

Netgear has updated its VueZone Wireless Camera system with the new Arlo Wireless HD Camera System. The cameras are completely wireless, the only wires are the Ethernet from the Base Station to the router and from the Base Station to an outlet. Users can have the system up and running in under 10 minutes, with a few more minutes to put up the mounts and place the cameras. The cameras are then monitored using a smartphone or tablet, or through a web browser. The Arlo system supports up to 30 cameras and has a slew of use cases such as security, baby monitoring, pet monitoring, nanny cams, or a way to share videos with friends and family.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage Review

Seagate's newest addition to their signature line of wireless storage devices includes 500GB of storage and is geared more towards the everyday consumer than the previously reviewed Wireless Plus. Like their other wireless hard drives, Wireless Mobile Storage aims to ease the strain of large data libraries on mobile devices. Given the limited capacity of most smartphones and tablets, users end up streaming desired content. This can result in unnecessary data usage if the user is out of reach of Wi-Fi (often accompanied by usage fees). Offloading media libraries to Seagate's battery powered Wireless Mobile Storage (which creates its own local Wi-Fi signal) allows users to avoid usage fees while maintaining remote access to their content.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Seven Portable Drive Review

The Seagate Seven is the company’s newest addition to their external drive portfolio and is catered towards style-savvy users. This USB 3.0  portable drive is something very different than what we normally expect from Seagate. The Seven leverages an ultra-thin 7mm form factor and slick, premium design. Though not obvious when you first look at the Seagate Seven, this extremely thin device is very tough and durable for its size. 

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