Consumer Reviews
by Josh Shaman

Icy Dock Tray-Less 3 in 2 Backplane Review (MB973SP-2B)

The Icy Dock Tray-Less 3 in 2 BackPlane module allows users the ability to squeeze three 3.5" HDDs into just two 5.25" device bays. This enables users the flexibility to add more storage to their rigs than their cases would traditionally allow. The Tray-Less 3 in 2 is designed for anyone with extensive media capacity needs. Icy Dock is well-known for the build quality of their products and for producing updated accessories that meet consumer needs and demands, and this product offers a simple solution for users to simply install more storage.

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by Josh Shaman

G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE Review (0G02537)

The G-Technology G-DRIVE 4TB is a high-capacity desktop storage device. Just a couple of weeks ago, we reviewed its sibling G-DRIVE mini 1TB and found a lot to like leaving us with high expectations for this bigger brother. The G-DRIVE 4TB is an update on previous models and now offers USB 3.0 connectivity and doubled capacity at 4TB. This model is designed for Mac users who want a sleek, rugged enclosure that has loads of connectivity. In line with the rest of the HGST G-Technology, the G-DRIVE 4TB is likely to be a favorite amongst Mac users and creative professionals for its style, performance, and reliability.

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by Brian Beeler

G-Technology G-DRIVE mini Review (1TB)

The G-Technology G-DRIVE mini is a 1TB portable hard drive designed for Mac users who want an elegant yet rugged enclosure with plenty of connectivity options. The HGST G-Technology brand has long been synonymous with quality, earning a special place in the hearts of Mac users and creative professionals. The G-DRIVE mini does nothing to tarnish that image, providing a combination of performance and capacity with near silent operation.

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by Josh Linden

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt RAID Review

Earlier this month LaCie announced the availability of its new 5big Thunderbolt RAID, a DAS targeting Mac-based digital content creators and other prosumers looking to leverage Thunderbolt’s data transfer bandwidth. Like other members of LaCie’s 5big family, such as the 5big Office + that StorageReview benchmarked in June 2012, the 5big Thunderbolt features five 3.5-inch SATA drive bays. Prepopulated with five 4TB drives, our review unit attains the 5big Thunderbolt’s maximum capacity of 20TB.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba THNSNS SSD Review (HDTS112XZSWA 120GB Upgrade Kit)

Toshiba is a well-known name in the storage industry and they have produced quality SSDs for the enterprise and OEM market. However, they have been very quiet on the retail consumer front. That being the case, it was nice surprise when Toshiba revealed its first venture into the consumer market with an SSD upgrade kit for PCs, allowing end-users to easily migrate from hard disk drives to an SSD-based system. Each upgrade package comes with all of the tools needed to upgrade any desktop or notebook PC including a USB data migration cable and NTI Echo2 cloning software. Of course there's a Toshiba THNSNS SSD inside as well, which runs a SandForce controller and Toshiba NAND to deliver read and write performance of 557MB/s and 526MB/s respectively. 

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by Doug Crowthers

Plextor M5M mSATA SSD Review

Plextor recently announced the release of the M5M mSATA SSD designed specifically for Ultrabooks. The drive offers an mSATA form factor with SATA 6.0Gbps interface, Marvell 88SS9187 controller and Toshiba 19nm Toggle NAND flash. The SSD, paired with custom Plextor firmware, drive performance numbers of up to 540MB/s and 430MB/s sequential read and write respectively and random read and write IOPS of up to 79,000 and 77,000.

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by Josh Linden

LaCie 2big Thunderbolt RAID DAS Review

Earlier this year, LaCie announced a lineup of new storage devices with Thunderbolt connectivity. The 2big Thunderbolt features two hard drives that can be operated in RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD, allowing the user to take advantage of Thunderbolt's high-speed data transfers for storage-intensive workstation applications in RAID 0 or to serve as portable storage with a redundant backup in RAID 1. With two Thunderbolt ports, the 2big can also daisy chain with other Thunderbolt devices.

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by Josh Linden

Patriot Gauntlet 320 Wireless External Hard Drive Review

Patriot Memory is not a brand traditionally associated with external storage, but the company's Gauntlet line of wireless external hard drives is part of an effort to broaden that image. The Gauntlet 320, announced in October, offers 320GB of onboard storage intended to supplement the limited internal storage available on mobile and portable devices such as tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Patriot provides a Gauntlet Connect app for Andriod, iOS, and Kindle Fire to streamline its network configuration and provide storage access on mobile devices.

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by Josh Linden

Netgear Centria Multifunction Wireless Router and NAS Review

Netgear’s Centria is the company’s latest multifunction home and small home office router. Like other recent high-performance home and SOHO wireless routers, Centria features dual 450Mbps transceivers capable of a theoretical maximum throughput of 900 Mbps and consolidates routing, switching, NAS/backup, and media streaming functionality into once device. Unlike previous Netgear routers which allowed users to add storage exclusively through external USB interfaces, the Centria provides an internal SATA bay for hard drive storage.

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by Doug Crowthers

LaCie 2big NAS 6TB Review

LaCie and beautiful design intuitively go together, thanks to years of LaCie regularly pumping out great looking storage devices. The LaCie 2big 2-bay NAS system is no different, sporting solid-aluminum body. It features LaCie's NAS OS 3.0, which makes NAS management easy. Out of the box, the 2big NAS comes configured in RAID 1, but has support for RAID 0 configurations.

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