Consumer Reviews
by Josh Shaman

Corsair Voyager Air 1TB Review

Corsair's Voyager Air is an portable storage device with capacities of 500GB and 1TB designed to dramatically increase smartphone and tablet media capabilities by producing and broadcasting its own wireless network. A novel feature that Corsair brings to the market is an Ethernet port that enables the Voyager Air to act as a NAS when plugged into a router. This feature, not found on similar devices, gives Corsair a significant differentiator in a market that has very fine degrees of separation. When on the go, the Voyager Air has a battery life of up to 7 hours for continuous video streaming and a range extending up to 90 feet. Additionally, Voyager Air can support streaming up to 5 HD movies to 5 devices at one time.

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by Josh Shaman

Seagate Wireless Plus Review (STCK1000100)

Seagate's Wireless Plus is a 1TB external storage device that provides users access to their media by broadcasting its own wireless network, thus removing the need for wires, Wi-Fi hotspots, and network access points. This feature, combined with the 150 foot range of the Wireless Plus, allows users to upload and download documents, pictures, music, and movies to and from their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices at any time without being tethered down or restricted by their current location. Essentially, by removing data limitations natively found on smartphones and tablets, Seagate's Wireless Plus creates an alternative to shelling out gobs of cash for the expensive capacity steps offered by smartphone and tablet manufacturers.

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by Josh Shaman

WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo 8TB Review (WDBUSK0080JSL)

The Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo 8TB is an external storage unit that provides top-of-the-line capacity in a book-sized enclosure. Near the end of 2012, we reviewed the WD My Book Essential which provided the highest capacity on the market in a single hard drive at 4TB. Now, we're examining the WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo formatted specifically for Mac and available in 4TB, 6TB, or 8TB. Our test model comes with a whopping 8TB storage capacity. The Duo crams that exceptional storage capacity into a relatively small space using two 3.5" 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000's.

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by Josh Shaman

OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD Review

The OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD is the latest rendition in the Vertex 3 line and now offers a smaller MLC NAND configuration. Most SSDs, such as the Vertex 3 that we reviewed in 2011, have relied on 25 nanometer (nm) process geometry, but OCZ is taking strides to create production efficiencies and cut costs by moving to 20nm NAND die. However, other than decreased NAND die size, updates are minor. The Vertex 3.20 retains the same controller and processor as its predecessor and produces very similar performance.

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by Josh Shaman

Seagate SSHD Thin Review (Gen3 500GB, ST500LM000)

Seagate's third generation SSHDs (solid state hybrid drives), now for both laptops and desktops, are marketed as a replacement for HDDs and serve as a good option for those otherwise considering an SSD. SSHDs aim to offer users the price-point and robust capacity of HDDs while also utilizing NAND flash to provide the performance attained with SSDs by caching critical applications. Slimmed from 9.5mm to 7mm, our review model third generation Seagate 500GB SSHD Thin with 8GB of MLC NAND would fit well in any user configuration and is especially well-suited for ultra-thin, ultra-light laptops.

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by Josh Shaman

Icy Dock 3.5" SATA HDD Backplane Review (MB153SP-B)

The Icy Dock Hot-Swap 3.5" SATA HDD Backplane Module enables users to fit three 3.5" HDDs into two 5.25" device bays. This device is a good representation of what Icy Dock is known for - a considerable line of drive adapters and storage enclosure peripherals for users who want to make the most of their PC's space. Icy Dock focused particularly on gamers and media enthusiants when they designed the Hot-Swap 3.5" Backplane as it enables users to utilize Hot-Swap capabilities for convenience in performing maintenance and upgrades. 

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by Josh Shaman

Kingston HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Review (DTHXP30)

The Kingston HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 represents the highest capacity USB thumb drive on the market and soon to be offered alongside the 512GB capacity is its robust 1TB sibling. These latest offerings from Kingston afford users the capacity of portable storage with the convenience of a thumb drive. This HyperX 512GB is another innovation offered by Kingston which has been a huge player in the USB storage market for a long time and is now flexing its muscles in a show of pure brawn. This model will likely appeal to users such as video and graphics editos who need to utilize rapid data transfer of considerably large files. Our test model is the performance-branded 512GB USB 3.0 version.

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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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