Consumer Reviews
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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by Lyle Smith

Crucial BX100 SSD Review

While Crucial’s MX200 is a feature-heavy consumer SSD, the BX100 is catered more towards users looking to upgrade their systems to solid-state-based at a lower cost in exchange for a slight drop in performance. Crucial even admits that the “BX100 SSD isn’t the fastest drive on the market” on their website. With a price tag starting at roughly $70, this value-driven SSD is an attractive choice for consumers on a budget, who still want a better computing experience than what HDDs provide. The BX100 features a Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, Micron MLC NAND and custom firmware that combine to boast ultra-low power consumption.

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial MX200 SSD Review

Crucial released the MX100 last summer, which we found to be a compelling choice as a system upgrade for new users as well as for those who put an importance on data reliability. Moving forward with their latest consumer SSD release, Crucial believes their MX200 improves on its predecessor in every way due to its new Dynamic Write Acceleration technology and other new features (such as the drive's use of an adaptable pool of flash memory). As with all of its drives, Crucial has built the MX200 with a focus on reliability and longevity, making this new drive a very attractive SSD option for many mainstream consumers. The MX200 line also comes in various form factors (2.5” 7mm, mSATA, M.2 Type 2260, and M.2 Type 2280), catering to a wide range of different applications and OEM use cases.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Portable SSD T1 Review

The Samsung Portable SSD T1 is a storage device specifically designed for both enthusiasts and travelling professionals looking for both high performance and ultra-mobility. At a glance, it certainly looks like a unique portable storage solution, as this sleek looking device is incredibly small and built slightly larger than a business card (71mm long by 53.2mm wide).  If you have some space in your wallet, it could likely fit there. And, with its use of the most modern V-NAND technology, this SSD device also packs a serious punch in the performance category.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Patriot LX Series 256GB SDXC Memory Card Review

Patriot has upgraded the maximum capacity for their LX Series SDXC to 256GB. The new 256GB model is more or less identical to the smaller capacity models, with the same reported transfer speeds (80 MB/s read and 20MB/s write) and power usage (2.7-3.6V). The LX Series flash cards would be best implemented in demanding use cases by entry-level to professional photographers or videographers leveraging high-level equipment (standard SD Associated 3.0 compliance). With the increased capacity, users have the convenience of clearing space less frequently and can comfortably record in HD 1920x1080 without worrying about running out of space. The cards are backed by a 5-year warranty and carries a price tag of $129.99.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Patriot LX Series 128GB microSDXC Memory Card Review

Patriot recently released a 128GB capacity of their LX Series microSDXC cards. The LX is intended for use with HD camcorders and mid-range cameras, but can be loaded into SD host devices with its SD adaptor. It has standard Class 10 SD Association compliance, and the same reported transfer speeds as the 64GB model (70MB/s and 20MB/s for read and write, respectively). As with the rest of the LX Series, the card comes with Patriot's 5-year warranty and has an MSRP of $129.99.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Lexar Professional 1066x CompactFlash Card Review

Lexar has expanded their CompactFlash library with the new line of Professional 1066x CompactFlash cards, which is now their top-performing CF line. Delivering a reported 160MB/s in read transfers (vs. 120MB/s in their next-fastest line), the 1066x line is geared towards enthusiasts or professional photographers and videographers. These cards can be loaded into HD camcorders, 3D cameras, or DSLR cameras to capture modern video formats (1080p, 3D, and 4K) across a range of top-tier as well as entry-level hosts.

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