Consumer Reviews
by Lyle Smith

Toshiba OCZ RD400 M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Over the past few years, NVMe drives have been gradually increasing their place in the storage market. The main reason for this is how drastically they improve the storage I/O path, which can significantly improve overall system performance. The Toshiba OCZ RD400 is OCZ’s first NVMe SSD targeting the consumer demographic, specifically enthusiasts and gamers. Casting a wider net, the RD400 also includes an M.2 PCIe adapter for those desktop PCs that do not have an M.2 slot.

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by Chris Thomas

SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD Review (480GB)

Any photographer can tell you: when it comes to storage, speed is king. Bringing back the Extreme 500’s successful design, SanDisk updated its Extreme series portable solid-state drive with the new 510 model. Able to withstand far more physical abuse than a portable HDD, the Extreme 510 will appeal to photographers and videographers of all stripes. While this particular drive won’t be adequately suited to stand in for a larger-capacity external storage device for archival purposes, the 480GB storage and notably improved transfer speeds will be more than enough for just about any on-location professional shoot.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS416slim Review

The 4-bay DS416slim was designed to serve home users or professionals in need of a compact and energy-efficient NAS. Although the DS416slim is part of Synology's J Series, which is their budget line, it includes everything that a personal user or small business would need. Unlike most of Synology's DiskStation models, the DS416slim uses 2.5" drives, which is key to its compact size. However this comes with capacity limitations versus models that leverage 3.5" drives.

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by Lyle Smith

Plextor M7V Series SSD Review

Available in both 2.5 inch and M.2 form factors, the release of the Plextor M7V Series SSD marks the company’s first venture into TLC NAND. Traditionally, this type of NAND is featured in budget drives, as it is less expensive than other NAND technology and is thus making it much more affordable for consumers. TLC comes with technical limitations, however, as endurance and performance are much lower than higher-class MLC-based SSDs. Plextor boldly claims that the M7V Series will change that, indicating it exceeds the current TLC SSD's key technical limits and has the ability to reach a P/E cycle of up to 2,000 times.

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by Tucker Mindrum

SanDisk X400 SSD Review

The X400 SSD release establishes SanDisk as one of the only companies currently offering 1TB of storage in a single-sided M.2 card. Although the X400 also comes in a 2.5" 7mm-height form factor (which is the focus of our review), the M.2 configuration is the main selling point of this line of SSDs. Installing a 1TB M.2 X400 card will allow users to get the most out of their ultra-thin notebooks in terms of storage, without sacrificing performance or battery life. The X400 makes use of SanDisk's nCache 2.0 technology, which leverages multi-tiered architecture and provides improved performance during taxing operations like sustained-sequential writing. SanDisk's 2nd generation TLC flash node works to maximize reliability and energy efficiency so that the X400 uses minimal power, making it ideal for use in a mobile setting.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Review

Comprised of a variety of different sizes and designs, the Seagate Backup Plus family is the company’s line of portable storage solutions focused on capacity, performance, and portability. The Ultra Slim was announced in January of this year and touted as one the thinnest 2TB portable hard drives on the market. Using the company's latest 7mm 2.5” HDD technology, the Ultra Slim follows the Backup Plus Slim Drive, offering the same generous 2TB in storage capacity but in an even thinner form factor at just 9.6mm in overall thickness.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Netgear Arlo Security Cameras for Home Security

The Arlo Wire-Free HD security cameras are designed to offer reliable home security no matter if they are exposed to the elements or used indoors. Previously, we reviewed the Arlo Wire Free HD Camera System, which we found seamless to setup and manage. The Arlo platform is ideal for those who don’t have on-premise storage and need a simple solution for home security and monitoring. Netgear has also made these wireless cameras weatherproof, making them perfect for monitoring outdoors. In this article we cover how users can install a system around their home and in certain circumstances qualify for a homeowner's insurance discount.

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by Tucker Mindrum

WD Red 8TB Review

Western Digital has expanded their Red line to include an 8TB model, increasing the maximum capacity of 8-bay NAS units to 64TB so that SOHO users can get even more out of their initial server investment. WD is using their HelioSeal helium-technology to get the higher capacity much like the HGST Ultrastar Helium Drives. WD Reds still make use of NASware 3.0, which Western Digital originally released alongside the 6TB model to expand drive compatibility, allowing users to load Red drives into 8-bay servers (they were previously only recommended up to 5 bays). NASware 3.0 also improved the reliability and performance of Red drives, optimizing them for NAS environments in which downtime can be devastating.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate NAS HDD 8TB Review

Seagate's new NAS 8TB HDD expands their NAS line of drives that is intended to more efficiently serve multi-drive use cases while maintaining the performance and price-point desired by SOHO users. The Seagate NAS HDD utilizes NASWorks firmware, which specifically hones drives for server functionality. In addition to enhancing host compatibility, NASWorks reduces HDD power consumption, which also reduces heat production. NAS environments, in which multiple drives may be operating simultaneously, greatly benefit from the energy efficiency of duty-specific drives. Seagate also constructed this line of HDDs with dual-plane balanced motors, which work to control the vibrations that disk drives produce. Reduced heat production paired with vibration control maximize drive performance and improve server reliability, which helps to maintain the 24/7 operability that is essential for remote access and virtualization.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Porsche Design Mobile 2TB & 4TB Review

Announced back in January at CES, the LaCie Porsche Design mobile drives aim to deliver high capacity, in a beautifully small form factor. The mobile drives come in a smaller size (only 10mm thick) for the 1TB or 2TB, with the 4TB coming in twice as thick, 21mm, but still fairly compact. The drives sport the new USB-C interface that the next generation of computers will also have making it future ready. It also comes with an adaptor for older USB connections.

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