Consumer Reviews
by Tucker Mindrum

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Review

SanDisk designed the Extreme 500 to replace the functionality of a portable hard drive while providing enhanced transfer rates. The Extreme 500 is intended for photographers and videographers that need a fast portable drive that can tolerate heavy use and withstand more physical damage than a typical HDD. Users will be trading the superior capacity of an HDD for the speed and reliability of an SSD, with a maximum capacity of 480GB and top reported transfer rate of 430MB/s read.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 750 EVO SSD Review

After being available in Asia for several months now, the Samsung EVO 750---the economical version of their impressive and very successful SSD line--has finally hit North American shores. The EVO 750 is designed to provide excellent performance and improve everyday computing experience at a lower price tag than the company’s 850 PRO and EVO lines, which will make this SSD an attractive option for many due to the company’s name coupled with its more budget looking cost. While the drive is available in retail markets in the US, the 750 EVO is designed primarily for OEMs and system integrators, giving them a low cost HDD alternative that still boasts a good performance profile and the other benefits of flash.

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by Alexandra Haskell

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra Review

Western Digital released the My Cloud EX2 Ultra in early February. This high performance 2-bay NAS comes with a few added benefits in comparison to its predecessor, the My Cloud EX2. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra gives you secure access to your files remotely and provides a simplistic platform for syncing and sharing content across computers. With multiple back-up options, this NAS has everything you’ll need for the home office or small business.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review

Announced at CES 2016, the Samsung T3 Portable is the company’s newest external SSD offering, a market that has been surprisingly vacant despite the growing adoption of the solid-state technology. The T3 leverages Samsung's V-NAND technology and comes in a generous 2TB capacity (which is double the size of its ultra portable SSD T1 a year ago) to suit the needs of media professionals and enthusiasts who deal with a ton of storage.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

In the Lab: KDLINKS X1 Dashboard Camcorder

The KDLINKS X1 is an affordable, yet high-quality, vehicle dashboard camcorder that features full-HD 1920x1080 video at 30fps as well as a fairly wide lens angle of 165°. While this device is primarily designed as a safe-guard against insurance fraud by recording your commute, for our purposes, we are using it for video creation when testing things like memory cards (e.g. microSD), video archival solutions and as part of our larger Intenert of Things (IoT) type projects. As content around these types of solutions grows, so does the demand for storage space on the edge and in the core; especially considering the footprint of high-resolution recordings.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review

Unveiled during this year’s CES, the new Trion 150 SSD line has finally hit the market. Described by OCZ as the “ultimate HDD replacement” for both mainstream notebooks and desktops, the Trion 150 is specifically designed for first-time SSD buyers who are looking for an affordable way to update their HDD-based system to solid-state technology. The Trion 150 is also the direct successor to the Trion 100, which we found to be a fairly impressive drive for its price point with its excellent real-world performance.

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by Ed Hardy

WD My Cloud EX4100 Review

WD created the My Cloud EX line for prosumers who want network-attached storage (NAS) that can be accessed from many different types of computers, including tablets and phones. The newest addition, the EX4100, can hold up to 24TB in four drive bays. It is powered by a Marvell ARMADA 388 1.6 GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of DDR3 RAM -- the amount of RAM can't be increased. This is an improvement over the 1.3GHz Marvel processor and 1GB of RAM in the dual-bay My Cloud EX2100.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Review

The DiskStation DS716+ is a scalable, performance-driven 2-bay NAS server designed for small businesses or workgroups. Like all Synology DiskStations, the DS716+ is an extremely versatile device that can also deliver high-speed encrypted data transfer rates and 4K transcoding all the while running Btrfs, the a new copy on write (CoW) filesystem. The DS716+ comes with a 1.6GHz Quad Core processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 16TB of capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS216 NAS Review

Back in October of 2015, Synology released the DS216play, and DS216se both of which we reviewed. Today, we will be looking at Synology DiskStation DS216, which is touted as high-performing NAS solution designed for small offices and workgroups. This versatile 2-bay DiskStation includes a hardware encryption engine, which allows it to effectively protect data inclusive of speedy performance. In addition, its use of hot-swappable drive trays to promote easy installation maintenance as well as continuous service uptime should a hard drive need to be replaced. The DS216 also uses the USB Copy button for easy data transmission between external drives and the NAS.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS115j NAS Review

The DiskStation DS115j, which is a single-bay version of the DS216se, is Synology's least expensive NAS. It was designed to give personal users the ability to create a basic cloud with access to all of Synology's DSM features. Compared to Synology's other NAS offerings, the DS115j is stripped down in terms of specs, leveraging an 800MHz CPU, 256MB of DDR3 RAM, and USB 2.0 ports. However, it is hard to argue with its $100 price tag.

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