Consumer Reviews
by Doug Crowthers

Kingston DataTraveler Workspace with Windows To Go Review

The Kingston DataTraveler Workspace is a bootable USB 3.0 flash drive designed to be used with Windows To Go, a feature of Windows 8 Enterprise. The DataTraveler Workspace is one of the few flash drives that are certified for Windows To Go, giving users on-the-go Windows experience. The USB 3.0 drive incorporates SandForce SSD controller technology to produce a high-performance, low-latency drive. It's factory configured as a fixed drive so it boots through USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 ports on compatible hardware.

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by Brian Beeler

LaCie Blade Runner by Philippe Starck Review

The LaCie Blade Runner is a 4TB external hard drive that's unlike any other on the market. While the tech specs feature big capacity and USB 3.0 connectivity, the real story is the drive's design and designer. When LaCie went to Philippe Starck to design an external drive, he indicated that beyond anything else, he didn't want it to look like an external drive. Mission accomplished. The end product is as much functional tech as it is desktop artwork; a combination that will appeal not only to Starck enthusiasts around the world, but anyone who's willing to invest a little more for a stylish piece.

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by Kevin OBrien

SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD Review

The SanDisk Ultra Plus is a mainstream SSD designed for client system use. The Ultra Plus uses a standard 2.5" 7mm form factor with SATA 6Gb/s interface and is powered by a Marvell 9175 controller with in-house SanDisk firmware and SanDisk's 19nm MLC NAND. The combined package nets sequential read and write performance of up to 530 MB/s and 445 MB/s respectively. Like most SSDs though, the bottom line isn't just about top speed, it's also about smarter features that let users get more out of their drives while maintaining high levels of reliability.

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by Doug Crowthers

WD My Net N900 Central Review

In June, Western Digital announced the release of its first line of consumer networking products, the My Net family and we got our hands on the Western Digital My Net N900 router for an early review. Now, Western Digital has provided us with their My Net N900 Central router with integrated storage for us to review.

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by Kevin OBrien

WD My Passport Enterprise 500GB Portable Hard Drive Review (WDBHEZ5000ABK)

The WD My Passport Enterprise is a 500GB portable hard drive designed to be used with Windows To Go. The My Passport Enterprise is the only hard drive certified for Windows To Go, giving users a capacious 500GB of storage space for their portable Windows experience. WD includes the Compass utility for easy configuration, providing users with a secure and portable Windows environment, with no trace of files left on the host system.

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by Kevin OBrien

WD Black 4TB Review (WD4001FAEX)

The 4TB WD Black is Western Digital's top-capacity and top-performing 7,200 RPM client system hard drive. The standard 3.5" form factor is designed to provide bulk storage for desktop use, while still offering top class performance. WD is using their standard five platter design for the 4TB Black (note: Caviar has been dropped from the branding) that is also highlighted by a 64MB cache, SATA 6Gb/s interface to deliver 154MB/s throughput.

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by Kevin OBrien

OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD Review

The OWC Mercury Accelsior is a PCIe SSD designed for the enthusiast and creative professional market who crave the fastest storage available within a client workstation. OWC uses a unique design, essentially leveraging a PCIe PCB with two host slots for their gumstick-shaped SSDs and a management controller that ties the drives together. The architecture itself isn't novel, but OWC's implementation is, using in-house components and engineering to make the Accelsior come to life. OWC also provides options for the user which are unique. By default the drives ship in a RAID0 configuration which offers throughput around 800MB/s; users also have ability to switch to RAID1 for data redundancy, or JBOD mode to access the individual drives.

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by Lyle Smith

Icy Dock ToughArmor MB994IPO-3SB Review (3-in-1 with Optical)

The ToughArmor MB994IPO-3SB is Icy Dock’s newest full metal dual bay 2.5” SAS/SATA hard drive/SSD mobile rack cage built with a Slim Optical Disk Drive (ODD) slot for use in a single 5.25” device bay, specifically designed for a small form factor system or server such as IPC, HTPC, NAS, Home Servers and All-In-One computers. The MB994IPO-3SB is a really effective and unique device as it is equipped with not only two integral 2.5” drive bay caddies, but also a slim optical drive caddy so that two 2.5″ SAS drives or SSDs can fit in the same space. 

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by Doug Crowthers

LaCie P'9223 Slim SSD Review

LaCie and beautiful design intuitively go together, thanks to years of LaCie regularly pumping out great looking storage devices. The LaCie P'9223 Slim SSD drive is no different, sporting a classic aluminum body and support for USB 3.0. The appearance and build of the P'9223 rightfully deserves the Porsche label, as it has both the elegance and performance of the famous Porsche sports cars.

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by Doug Crowthers

Toshiba Canvio Personal Cloud Hard Drive Review

The Toshiba Canvio Personal Cloud hard drive is a personal cloud server that doesn't require a monthly subscription and/or usage fees. It's an ideal solution for storing, sharing, and streaming your music, pictures, videos, and files between your desktop computers, laptops, tablets and or smartphones across your personal cloud. Unlike typical Cloud solutions, your content is stored on your own personal network and not a remote unknown location out on the Internet. Users gain peace of mind knowing that they can access and share files anywhere in the world at any time.

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