Consumer Reviews
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

WD Red 4TB HDD Review (WD40EFRX)

WD's Red 4TB HDD expands on the company's current offering with 33% more raw storage capacity than previously available in the same 3.5" form factor with a 6Gb/s SATA interface. The WD Red line also features 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB models, but now consumers and small businesses with one- to five-bay NAS units can install or upgrade to the full 4TB maximum, the most robust storage capacity in the industry. Other standard features with the Red 4TB are a 64MB cache and WD's Intellipower low power spindle. This Intellipower technology is significant as drives in this segment experience continuous 24x7 operation and are required to consume minimal amounts of energy in order to reduce costs.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

WD Red 2.5" 1TB HDD Review (WD10JFCX)

The WD Red family of NAS-tuned hard drives is a perfect example of the ways mature technology like the hard drive can continue to be specialized for new applications. Today WD has announced new additions to the Red lineup; two 2.5-inch drives, which will be the first drives of that form factor on the market that are optimized for use with small network attached storage. If WD is correct in their market assessment, there will be a growing demand for small form factor NAS devices, and developing Red HDDs in the smaller form factor will give the company a head start.

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by Josh Shaman

Patriot Supersonic Magnum USB Flash Drive Review

The Patriot Supersonic Magnum is the company's top performing USB flash drive that ranges in capacities from 64GB to 256GB and interfaces over USB 3.0. Patriot has rated the Supersonic Magnum's read throughput rates at 250MB/s, with write at 160MB/s. That performance is driven by the Supersonic Magnum's 8 channel NAND implementation. On top of these impressive performance and capacity specs, the Supersonic Magnum also features an aluminum enclosure to ensure that bumps and dings won't damage the flash drive or the data it holds. All of this comes at a fairly reasonable cost, as the flash drive's street pricing is close to the 1$/GB threshold.

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by Josh Shaman

Samsung SDXC Pro Series Review

The Samsung SDXC Pro Series is a memory card designed to enable photographers, videographers and consumer enthusiasts to capture, edit and manipulate ultra-high resolution imagery and HD video (including 3D video). The SDXC Pro Series flash card ships in capacities of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB, all of which feature a high-end performance spec. The Pro Series, in fact, is the top-of-the-line in Samsung's portfolio, and as such Samsung quotes transfers at up to 80MB/s for read activity and up to 40MB/s for write activity. This really comes in handy when cameras are processing captured content in-device, and it also obviously transitions into much more efficient migrations to workstations and editing on the card if necessary.

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by Josh Shaman

Samsung microSDXC Pro Series Review (MB-MGCGB)

The Samsung microSDXC Pro Series is a memory card engineered primarily with high-end smartphones and tablets in mind, and Samsung offers the microSD in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. As a member of the Samsung Pro Series (which also features a standard SD card), this flash card carries a more robust performance spec than typical flash cards - it comes rated at 70MB/s for read activity and 20MB/s for write activity. That read transfer rate means that users browsing media files on their tablets and smartphones won't be waiting for long load times, and when they write data over, that process will also have a boost over standard cards. The Pro Series is also rated with the UHS Speed Class 1 (U1) and Class 10 video recording ratings that signify high speed data transfers capable of handling HD content including Full HD video at 1080p.

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by Josh Shaman

Lexar JumpDrive P10 Review

The Lexar JumpDrive P10 is a flash drive that connects over USB 3.0 and is billed as one of the fastest flash drives on the market with its transfer rates quoted at up to 265MB/s for read activity and 245MB/s for write activity. That Lexar figure equates to roughly 1GB every four seconds or 15GB a minute. Beyond that, the JumpDrive P10 arrives in three different capacity points: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. So, for example, if you take the performance spec and calculate it with the maximum capacity point of 64GB, transferring the contents of a JumpDrive P10 filled with a maximum data load would only take roughly 4-5 minutes. On top of that, Lexar has implemented a more premium build with metal-alloy to match the JumpDrive P10's appearance to its high-end performance.

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by Josh Shaman

Lexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-I Review

The Lexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-I is the company's strongest performing SDXC memory card that ships in capacities of 64GB, 128GB or 256GB and is designed for high-end content capturing via DSLRs, HD camcorders or even 3D cameras. That 256GB capacity point is a drastic increase doubling offerings comparables provide that top off at 128GB, sometimes even 64GB. Performance is another main draw and is accelerated to quoted transfer rates of 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write - and Lexar says the read activity spec is a guaranteed minimum sustained transfer rate (of course depending on the host system). These speeds are extremely significant to photographers as reduced transfer times and smoother in-camera operations lead to more shots snapped and more time to edit them, and with that, likely higher quality work. Lexar also includes a software code for users to download Lexar Image Rescue 4, which is image recovery software enabling users to recover lost or deleted photos or videos.

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by Josh Shaman

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive Review

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is an ultra-portable storage device that features up to 64GB of capacity and is engineered to enable consumers to share and stream HD movies, music and pictures intuitively using a tablet or smartphone. Users can download free iOS, Android or Kindle Fire apps to access their multimedia collection. The Connect Wireless Media drive includes embedded memory in either 32GB or 64GB capacities, and it also includes an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot to instantly share digital camera photos or expand the device's native capacity. As with others in the space, the Connect Wireless Media Drive creates its own network, meaning no Internet is required. Further, with the Media Drive's super-portability and wireless range of up to 150 feet, users can access their media most places in their home. The device does feature USB 2.0 connectivity, so transfer rates will be limited. However, most users will be accessing content wirelessly anyhow.

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by Josh Shaman

SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive Review

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is available as a 16GB or 32GB capacity portable storage device that enables users to store, share and stream files using iOS, Android or Kindle Fire apps. The unit utilizes SD cards, which SanDisk packages with the device for its storage. In operation, the Connect Wireless Flash Drive creates its own network, so no Internet is required and the device can be used anywhere. Additionally, it transmits the network powerfully enough so that a mobile device can connect as far out as 150 feet away - particularly handy when accessing the unit across rooms in a house or apartment.

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by Josh Shaman

Toshiba SSHD Review (MQ01ABDH)

The Toshiba MQ01ABDH is a SSHD that ranges up to 1TB in capacity, features performance assisted by 32MB of DRAM as a buffer and 8GB of Toshiba's own NAND flash, and comes in a slim 7mm (MQ01ADFH) or standard 9.5mm (MQ01ABDH) form factor. As with almost all other HDDs hitting the market these days, the MQ01ABDH spins at 5,400RPM, which helps to reduce power consumption which matches the intended applications. Since the Toshiba SSHDs (which is how they'll be referenced in this review) are shipping in both the slim and standard form factors, the drives are primarily designed for thin and light notebooks where users want to leverage the transfer rates of SSDs without making the sacrifice of surrendering several hundred gigabytes of storage.

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