Consumer Reviews
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HP Z1 G3 All-in-One Workstation Review

The Z1 G3 All-in-One Workstation allows users to tailor functionality (and cost) to their exact needs. Although HP designed the Z1 G3 to serve as a "budget-conscious" workstation (with a 21% reduction in cost compared to its predecessor, the Z1 G2 Workstation), it leverages components that equip professionals with the ability to handle a wide range of demanding tasks. The Z1 G3 Workstation comes standard with an Intel Core i5 CPU (3.2GHz, 6MB cache, 4 cores), an Intel HD Graphics 530 card, a 23.6" UHD/4K display, 4GB DDR4 nECC SDRAM, and a 1TB SATA HDD (7,200 rpm), most of which can be upgraded prior to or following purchase.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Z640 Workstation Review

Serving as an upgrade to the Z620, the HP Z640 is designed to give professionals who work with resource-heavy applications an extra boost in their productivity. The Z640 is also targeted to businesses that simply want to equip their employees with a high-performance workstation at a mid-range price. As you can see from its comprehensive set of options listed in the specifications below, the HP Z640 is a highly-customizable workstation that can be used for a wide range of use cases, allowing businesses to create a very specific build to accurately suit their needs. The HP workstation also offers a complete tool-less design that gives administrators easy access for quick component upgrades and maintenance.

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by Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TS-453A 4-Bay NAS Review

QNAP's new QTS-Linux combo NAS provides a unique feature set that is geared towards forward-thinking SOHO users, storage enthusiasts, and IoT (Internet of Things) developers. By supporting the open-source platform that Linux embodies, QNAP has taken steps towards integrating private servers with Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and smart devices. Besides its IoT features, the TS-453A is a fully functioning 4-bay private server that utilizes all of QNAP's QTS applications, empowering users to easily virtualize their storage operations.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba OCZ VX500 SSD Review

Since Toshiba’s acquisition of OCZ back in early 2014, the company has turned the focus of OCZ's line of SSDs to consumer-driven solutions. The Toshiba OCZ VX500 Series continues this trend as their newest mid-range family of SSDs designed for mainstream users looking to upgrade their PCs or notebooks to a solid state-based setup. The VX500 series is a direct successor to the Vector 180 line, and offers more or less the exact same features. Toshiba does claim, however, that the VX500 boasts higher endurance due to its MLC NAND and is designed specifically for write-intensive environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Crucial MX300 SSD Review (2050GB)

Over the past few months we have reviewed a couple of the drives from Crucial’s MX300 line, both the 1050GB and the 750GB. Today we will be looking at the largest capacity drive in the series, another slightly odd capacity at that, with the 2050GB drive. The reviews are spaced out due to drive availability versus having one review that encompasses all of the drives and compares the different capacities side by side as is typically the pattern we follow at StorageReview.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Transcend JetDrive Lite 130 Storage Expansion Card for MacBook Air Review

Transcend's JetDrive Lite expansion cards offer MacBook users an easy way to add up to 256GB of storage to their computer without the hassle of an external drive. Each JetDrive Lite model occupies the SD port of its compatible host device and delivers reported transfer rates of 95MB/s read and 60MB/s write. Although there are a few other expansion cards on the market, JetDrive Lite sets itself apart with its low cost; serving 256GB for only $154.99 in its highest capacity model.

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial MX300 SSD Review (1050GB)

A few months back, we reviewed the Crucial MX300 (750GB). And though we found it to be a bit inconsistent in the way of performance, it did produce good numbers in some areas and is certainly one of the more affordable high-capacity SSDs on the market today and a very viable choice for consumers. Crucial has added a 1050GB model to their MX300 line, which is certainly a welcomed addition.

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by Tucker Mindrum

LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Desktop Drive Review

LaCie’s latest batch of desktop drives combines emerging USB-C technology with their classic Porsche design for up to 8TB of storage. Although it can take advantage of the improved transfer speeds of USB-C, this drive is fully compatible with USB 3.0 (and USB 2.0) through the use of LaCie’s included adapter cable. Thanks to the enhanced wattage of USB-C, compatible laptops can draw power from LaCie’s desktop drive; this feature clearly caters to the new MacBook, which consolidates its data transfers and power supply into one port. LaCie’s customary aluminum finish and minimalistic enclosure design easily pairs the Porsche Design desktop drive with any Mac setup (although it is also compatible with Windows).

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Innov8 Desktop Hard Drive Review

Seagate's new Innov8 HDD is the first USB-powered hard drive that provides 8TB of storage; users with a USB-C/USB 3.1 compatible device can deploy Innov8 with a single cord. Although it is not exactly "portable," Innov8 is protected by an aluminum enclosure which makes it more durable than most desktop drives. In addition to the 8TB of storage that the drive itself provides, Innov8 comes with a 2-year subscription to OneDrive (200GB). Innov8 is also compatible with the Lyve app, which backs up mobile device media into a folder that can be accessed on the Lyve desktop app.

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by Tucker Mindrum

TarDisk Storage Expansion Card For MacBook Review

TarDisk’s line of expansion cards addresses one of the most common issues for MacBook users: running out of disk space. Although there are many of products available that can provide users with more storage space (e.g., external drives, SSD replacements), TarDisk is the only aftermarket product that is capable integrating with the internal drive without voiding Apple’s warranty. Users can add up to 256GB of storage to their MacBook Pro or MacBook Air with TarDisk’s simple plug and play design, which discreetly occupies the SD slot. TarDisk’s Pear 2.0 software connects (“Pears”) the card to the MacBook, immediately adding either 128GB or 256GB of storage. TarDisk imposes a negligible increase in power consumption, only amounting to roughly 5 minutes of battery use over a 7-hour period.

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