Consumer Reviews
by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Netgear Arlo Security Cameras for Home Security

The Arlo Wire-Free HD security cameras are designed to offer reliable home security no matter if they are exposed to the elements or used indoors. Previously, we reviewed the Arlo Wire Free HD Camera System, which we found seamless to setup and manage. The Arlo platform is ideal for those who don’t have on-premise storage and need a simple solution for home security and monitoring. Netgear has also made these wireless cameras weatherproof, making them perfect for monitoring outdoors. In this article we cover how users can install a system around their home and in certain circumstances qualify for a homeowner's insurance discount.

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by Tucker Mindrum

WD Red 8TB Review

Western Digital has expanded their Red line to include an 8TB model, increasing the maximum capacity of 8-bay NAS units to 64TB so that SOHO users can get even more out of their initial server investment. WD is using their HelioSeal helium-technology to get the higher capacity much like the HGST Ultrastar Helium Drives. WD Reds still make use of NASware 3.0, which Western Digital originally released alongside the 6TB model to expand drive compatibility, allowing users to load Red drives into 8-bay servers (they were previously only recommended up to 5 bays). NASware 3.0 also improved the reliability and performance of Red drives, optimizing them for NAS environments in which downtime can be devastating.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate NAS HDD 8TB Review

Seagate's new NAS 8TB HDD expands their NAS line of drives that is intended to more efficiently serve multi-drive use cases while maintaining the performance and price-point desired by SOHO users. The Seagate NAS HDD utilizes NASWorks firmware, which specifically hones drives for server functionality. In addition to enhancing host compatibility, NASWorks reduces HDD power consumption, which also reduces heat production. NAS environments, in which multiple drives may be operating simultaneously, greatly benefit from the energy efficiency of duty-specific drives. Seagate also constructed this line of HDDs with dual-plane balanced motors, which work to control the vibrations that disk drives produce. Reduced heat production paired with vibration control maximize drive performance and improve server reliability, which helps to maintain the 24/7 operability that is essential for remote access and virtualization.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Porsche Design Mobile 2TB & 4TB Review

Announced back in January at CES, the LaCie Porsche Design mobile drives aim to deliver high capacity, in a beautifully small form factor. The mobile drives come in a smaller size (only 10mm thick) for the 1TB or 2TB, with the 4TB coming in twice as thick, 21mm, but still fairly compact. The drives sport the new USB-C interface that the next generation of computers will also have making it future ready. It also comes with an adaptor for older USB connections.

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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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