Consumer Reviews
by Alexandra Haskell

Brinell Drive SSD Review

Brinell left no corner unexplored when designing the flawless appearance of the Brinell Drive portable SSD. This drive is for the mainstream consumer who prefers the luxury appeal, as much as performance, of this portable storage device. The Cadillac of SSDs (or perhaps Mercedes), this drive’s attention to detail is unrivaled in the industry. The German company is known for it’s personal selection of high-end materials and award winning design.

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Ultra Plus SD Memory Card Review (32GB)

The SanDisk Ultra Plus SD memory card is a small step up from their Ultra memory card.  Available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, the SanDisk Ultra Plus memory card boasts of speeds "twice as fast as ordinary SDHC cards;" claiming read speeds of 40MB/s. It is ideal for taking pictures and recording in full HD, while maintaining a budget-oriented approach. The SanDisk Ultra Plus is compatible with SDHC/SDXC enabled and SDHC-I/SDXC-I UHS-I enabled devices.

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial MX100 SSD Review

The Crucial MX100 (a brand of Micron) is a mainstream consumer SSD targeted toward users who are looking to upgrade PCs or laptops from hard drives to an SSD on a budget. The MX100 is a direct replacement for the M500, the core changes are in a NAND die shrink and firmware enhancements. Crucial claims the net result is the MX100 boasts significant performance improvements over the M500 line at all capacities. To make it easy for upgraders working in a variety of environments, Crucial includes a handy 7mm to 9.5mm adapter bracket as well as the Acronis True Image software for cloning an existing drive to a new MX100 SSD.

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by Lyle Smith

Corsair Force Series LX SSD Review (CSSD-F256GBLX)

The Corsair Force Series LX SSDs are the company's latest foray in the solid state market and successor to the Force LS Series, which we found to be a decent drive as far as sequential read performance goes. The new Corsair line is specifically designed for mainstream consumers on a budget, with specs quoted to boast fast sequential and random read throughput at an entry-level price point. As such, the LX line is catered towards users on a budget who are looking to upgrade from an HDD-based system to the performance benefits of solid state storage without paying a premium, a statement that is made by many in the SSD industry. That said, the Force Series LX SSDs is indeed a very inexpensive line of solid state drives, so it will be interesting to see where it fits into the saturated SSD market.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 32GB EVO microSD Memory Card Review (MB-MP32D)

We previously reviewed the new Samsung PRO microSD card (along with its SD iterations) and found it to be an excellent addition to the microSD market, even challenging the usually untouchable SanDisk line of flash cards. This time around, we are looking at the EVO microSD line, which offers a more mainstream profile than that of the PRO family and is specifically designed newer mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. That said, the EVO cards are still quoted to post some pretty decent numbers, with Samsung claiming a potential of 48MB/s read transfer speed using a UHS-I interface. Like its SD companion, Samsung simply states that its write speed is slower than its transfer speed.  Normally, we would be a bit unsure as to how it would perform based on such a generic statement, we are quite certain that it will post results on the same level as we saw in our previous EVO flash card review.

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by Adam Armstrong

ADATA Premier Pro SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) Review (128GB)

The ADATA Premier Pro series of SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) are SD memory cards for top-end camera work. The ADATA Premier Pro cards have read/write speeds of 95/60MB with a minimum constant write speed of 30MB/s allowing efficient large file transfer and editing speeds. Not only does the ADATA Premier Pro cards have fast speeds they also come in high capacity, up to 128GB, to ensure uninterrupted photography and video recording.

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by Adam Armstrong

ADATA XPG SDXC UHS-I U3 Memory Card Review (64GB)

The ADATA XPG SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) is a SD memory cards for top-end camera work. The ADATA XPG card has read/write speeds of 95/85MB with a minimum constant write speed of 30MB/s allowing efficient large file transfer and editing speeds. Not only does the ADATA XPG card have fast speeds they also come in a good capacity to ensure uninterrupted photography and video recording.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Icy Dock FLEX-FIT Trio 3.25" to 5.25" Converter Kit Review

The Icy Dock FLEX-FIT Trio allows users to load up to two 2.5" drives and one 3.5" device or drive into a 5.25" bay. The 3.5" device can be secured via optional screws (which we recommend using), and like many of Icy Dock's new products, the FLEX-FIT Trio utilizes passive cooling. Although the 2.5" bays are reserved for SSDs or HDDs, the 3.5" bay can be filled with drives, USB 3.0 hubs, multimedia card readers, HDD/SSD mobile racks, or HDD/SSD brackets.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Samsung Standard microSD Memory Card Review 16GB (MB-MS16D)

The new Standard cards, along with the EVO and PRO cards, encompass Samsung's updated line of advanced SD and microSD cards. These new releases represent a range of performance and price, with the Standard microSD line serving users that require the least in terms of performance and capacity (in exchange for the lowest available price). Samsung reports transfer speeds of up to 24MB/s or roughly 180 photos/min, which is plenty for low demanding use cases.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung microSD PRO 32GB Memory Card Review (MB-MG32DA/AM)

Along with the new line of SD cards Samsung announced last month, a new updated family of microSD cards were also released, all of which are also designed for different use cases for levels of high end digital imaging and mobile devices. The 32GB Pro unit, which, like its SD Pro brethren, offers an impressive set of specifications with quoted read and write speeds of 90MB/s and 80MB/s (with UHS-1 interface) respectively. Samsung indicates that their microSD PRO line has the ability to capture photos and video 4x faster than typical microSDs, which is likely a legitimate claim based on these numbers as well as our recent reviews of the SD line. This allows them to seamlessly capture full HD video when using cameras.

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