Consumer Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

Netstor Mini Dual NA460C Review

The Netstor Mini Dual NA460C is a desktop direct attached storage device in a tiny compact form factor. The NA460C has a built-in hardware RAID processor and support four RAID modes including RAID1, RAID0, SPAN, and JBOD. The device provides a physical option for selecting the desired RAID mode on the back of the device, giving users the option for data protection through RAID1 or maximum storage through SPAN (16TB according to Netstor using two 8TB HDDs). The NA460C also uses USB-C interface.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD Review

The Samsung 960 PRO M.2 SSD is the newest addition to the company’s portfolio of high-performing solid-state drives. Whether it's a flash drive or an enterprise SSD, we always know what we are getting when Samsung releases a new storage product: quality components, good performance, and competitive pricing. So it’s always exciting to see a new drive hit the market. In this case, the Samsung 960 Pro is the successor of the 950 Pro, a drive that offered users a way to significantly upgrade their notebooks and workstations, coupled with enterprise-grade reliability features. The 960 offers more of the same, but is improved in virtually every way.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell Precision Tower 7810 Workstation (Broadwell) Review

The Dell Precision Tower 7810 (T7810) is dual-socket tower workstation designed specifically for professionals who are looking for a desktop with some extra power for their graphics- or CPU-intensive workloads. Previously, we looked at the last generation of the T7810, which we found to be both flexible and performance-driven. For this review, we will be looking at the newly refreshed T7810, as Dell has upgraded its new Intel Broadwell EP Processors with more cores and better performance (specifically for multi-threaded applications). With these upgrades, Dell indicates that the T7810 will be even more effective for professional modeling, analysis, and calculation use cases.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Passport Review

Along with the My Book update this week, WD has released a new version of the My Passport and My Passport for Mac, the company’s popular portable storage solution. This re-release is highlighted by a new modern design that features a textured underside and is available in six distinct colors: Black, Yellow, Red, White, Orange and Blue for the Passport PC version, and just Black for the My Passport for Mac.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Blue SSD Review (1TB)

The WD Blue SSD is WD first branded SATA SSD released today. WD acquired SanDisk last year for $19 Billion, but has not released any WD branded SSDs until now. The WD Blue is a SATA SSD that comes in two form factors (2.5” or M.2) and three capacities: 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. As one would expect, the WD Blue comes with all of the benefits one would associate with using an SSD over a HDD. Also released today is the WD Green, an OEM version of the same drive, once again in both M.2 and 2.5” form factors and with the same capacities. 

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Book Review

WD has refreshed several of their highly popular portable and external storage solutions, including the My Passport, My Passport for Mac, and the My Book, the latter which we will be looking at for this review. The newly designed external storage solutions feature a new modern, sleek-looking build that is noticeably smaller than the previous model as well as a generous 8TB in maximum capacity. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

Sony Professional RAID HDD (PSZ-RA4T) Review

Sony designed their line of Professional RAID HDDs to appeal to videographers in need of something that is sturdy, portable, and fast; the PSZ-RA4T addresses all of these criteria with its heavily padded enclosure, retractable handle, and Thunderbolt 2 compatibility. Sony reports that the PSZ-RA4T delivers 440MB/s, making it well suited for demanding 4K workflows. In addition to its USB 3.0, the PSZ-RA4T has two Thunderbolt 2 ports, allowing users to daisy chain up to six units together for stationary applications.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HP Z1 G3 All-in-One Workstation Review

The Z1 G3 All-in-One Workstation allows users to tailor functionality (and cost) to their exact needs. Although HP designed the Z1 G3 to serve as a "budget-conscious" workstation (with a 21% reduction in cost compared to its predecessor, the Z1 G2 Workstation), it leverages components that equip professionals with the ability to handle a wide range of demanding tasks. The Z1 G3 Workstation comes standard with an Intel Core i5 CPU (3.2GHz, 6MB cache, 4 cores), an Intel HD Graphics 530 card, a 23.6" UHD/4K display, 4GB DDR4 nECC SDRAM, and a 1TB SATA HDD (7,200 rpm), most of which can be upgraded prior to or following purchase.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Z640 Workstation Review

Serving as an upgrade to the Z620, the HP Z640 is designed to give professionals who work with resource-heavy applications an extra boost in their productivity. The Z640 is also targeted to businesses that simply want to equip their employees with a high-performance workstation at a mid-range price. As you can see from its comprehensive set of options listed in the specifications below, the HP Z640 is a highly-customizable workstation that can be used for a wide range of use cases, allowing businesses to create a very specific build to accurately suit their needs. The HP workstation also offers a complete tool-less design that gives administrators easy access for quick component upgrades and maintenance.

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by Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TS-453A 4-Bay NAS Review

QNAP's new QTS-Linux combo NAS provides a unique feature set that is geared towards forward-thinking SOHO users, storage enthusiasts, and IoT (Internet of Things) developers. By supporting the open-source platform that Linux embodies, QNAP has taken steps towards integrating private servers with Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and smart devices. Besides its IoT features, the TS-453A is a fully functioning 4-bay private server that utilizes all of QNAP's QTS applications, empowering users to easily virtualize their storage operations.

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