Consumer Reviews
by StorageReview Consumer Desk

NETGEAR Arlo Pro Security Cameras For Home Security Review

Arlo security cameras are a simple way to add cameras around the home without need of extensive, or even very much, technical knowledge. In our initial review, we found the cameras to be easy to install and manage with the enough features to keep the average consumer happy. As with anything, there is always room for improvement and improve the latest version, the Arlo Pro, are. Arlo took a look at some feedback around things like when the camera begins recording, swapping out batteries and its inherent cost, and what happens is the Internet goes out, and has made improvements across the board.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Z2 Mini Workstation Review

The HP Z2 Mini workstation is exactly what the name implies; it's a tiny workstation that looks more like a thin client than a full-fledged workstation. Make no mistake though, despite the diminutive  size, the Z2 Mini is still packed with everything most creative and design professionals need. Inside the case there's an NVIDIA Quadro M620-class GPU along with an HP Z Turbo PCIe SSD. For those who need a bit more local storage, there's also a standard 2.5" SATA bay that can house a hard drive or potentially a second SSD if needed. For those with visual performance requirements, the Z2 can drive up to six displays.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell 24 Touch Monitor (P2418HT) Review

The Dell 24 Touch Monitor (P2418HT) is a highly versatile 24-inch display equipped with 10-point touch functionality. Equipped with an articulating monitor stand, the 24 Touch is targeting graphics designers and other users that need hands-on contact for productive workflows. It also gives the display a greater level of sensitivity and dexterity with multi-touch applications, easily adapting to different positions. The Dell 24 Touch features a wide range of connectivity options, including VGA, DP, HDMI, USB3.0 and USB2.0, and offers a 1080P resolution panel with an 8 million to 1 dynamic contrast ratio. To keep glare to a minimum and colors looking accurate regardless of the position of the monitor, Dell also includes a matte finish IPS screen supporting a wide viewing range of 178ᵒ side to side or up and down.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell 24 Monitor For Video Conferencing Review (P2418HZ)

The Dell P2418HZ is a 24-inch monitor bundled with built-in functionality to make video conferencing a more seamless experience. Remote meetings are a standard practice, so there certainly is a lot of appeal for a purpose-built monitor that is ready out-of-the-box and optimized for sound and video recording. While most business monitors are frugal when it comes to built-in conferencing tech (or are devoid of it altogether), the P2418HZ includes a 2 megapixel full HD image sensor camera with a privacy shutter, noise-cancelling microphone, 5W integrated front-firing speakers and call-centric hardware buttons.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Duet Review

The Seagate Duet is a 1TB portable storage device that works with Amazon Drive to provide unlimited cloud storage. The Duet allows users to store up to 1TB of files, photos, videos, or music locally, as well as sync with the users Amazon Drive account. That way files are backed up on the device with a copy on the linked Amazon Drive account. This has two benefits: if anything happens to the Duet files are still safe and if users are without the drive itself, they can log into their Amazon account from various devices in order to share files.

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by Adam Armstrong

CalDigit Tuff 2TB Review

The CalDigit Tuff is a 2TB portable drive that can take a beating without loosing user’s data. The drive leverages USB-C connectivity (and it is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0) making it attractive to customers using new devices with USB-C ports such as the MacBook and the new MacBook Pros. USB-C has a maximum transfer speed of 10Gb/s. The drive also supports future embracing Thunderbolt 3 technology that has a maximum transfer speed of 40Gb/s.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X NAS Review

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X is part of the company’s premium build NAS line designed for small growing businesses. Offering 6 drive-bays, the 626X can deliver a generous maximum storage capacity of 60TB and has the ability to scale up to 110TB using the company's EDA500 expansion chassis. The 626X also offers comprehensive file sharing, backup, disaster recovery, and cloud options. The ReadyNAS 626X is equipped with an Intel Xeon Quad-Core (2.4GHz Xeon) Server Processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM with error-correcting functionality to detect and correct the many types of internal data corruption. Netgear also supports a 10GbE add-on card for more intensive data needs.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Cloud Pro Series PR4100 NAS Review

The My Cloud Pro PR4100 is the company's premium 4-bay NAS solution designed for creative teams and small businesses looking to streamline their workflow. This versatile NAS features multiple RAID configurations, password protection, 256-bit AES volume encryption and upwards of 32TB in storage capacity. Though the PR4100 enters a flooded SOHO NAS market, its ease of use through software, such as the WD SmartWare Pro and the My Cloud dashboard, help it to stand out among its competition. Users can also leverage the PR4100 to remotely edit, save and share their projects using the My Cloud mobile app for Android and iOS.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Netgear Arlo Q Security Camera Review

The Netgear Arlo surveillance system is well known for being the easiest to set up for a home or small business/remote office. We run a few Arlo systems both in the lab and at home; the wireless cameras can go just about anywhere. An all wireless system has drawbacks though, primarily the Arlo cameras require batteries that must be replaced at regular intervals depending on the frequency and duration of recording the user configures. As the platform continues to mature though, Netgear recognized this issue and has since launched Arlo Q  and Q Plus cameras. The Q cameras are wired, which gets around the battery issue, and they bring a slew of new features like two-way voice, 1080p resolution and support for continuous video recording with an optional Arlo plan upgrade. Like the standard wireless units, they connect to the Arlo base station over WiFi; the Arlo Q simply plugs into a wall outlet for power where the Q Plus gets power over Ethernet. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate SSD For Xbox Review

One of the main drawbacks to the current generation of console gaming is that fact that the games are so large, capacity-wise, that they can easily fill up the consoles’ internal drives. Some games are as large as 120GB, and with all the add-ons and downloadable content (DLC) can push most games past the standard sizes. Gamers have the choice of buying consoles with larger internal drives but there is still a relatively small limit. Seagate has offered a solution with its Game Drive for Xbox with up to 4TB of additional space. Taking this to the next logical step, Seagate is now selling an SSD version of the its Drive which will lead to faster load times, transfer of data, and overall better performance one expects with SSDs.

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