Consumer Reviews
by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Netstor TurboBox Review (NA211TB-LD)

The Netstor TurboBox (NA211TB-LD) is an external PCIe enclosure that connects to any Thunderbolt-equipped computer for expansion via three PCIe slots and four 2.5" bays that can handle SSDs or SAS/SATA HDDs. The TurboBox connects to computers via a single Thunderbolt cable to offer users 10Gb/s in dual channels for enhanced performance. Optionally, users can add a RAID card to the TurboBox enabling RAID configurations. The TurboBox also features a 250W power supply with fan as well as plenty of ventilation on the rear and front of the aluminum enclosure to keep PCIe cards and 2.5" drives cool. Specifically for the four drive bays in front, the enclosure comes with a large cooling fan to ensure proper airflow and cooling for what's sure to be a highly taxed enclosure. 

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by Alexandra Haskell

Patriot Supersonic Rage XT Review

The Patriot Supersonic Rage XT is the answer for consumers looking for an affordable, stylish flash drive with the efficient transfer speeds of USB 3.0. It's a compact flash drive with a rubberized casing, giving it a durability factor for users that are tough on their products. The jolting bright blue on black adds some excitement to the rugged and edgy design. Even though it carries the affordable tag, the drive still posts impressive performance capabilities, Patriot claims read and write speeds of up to 180MB/s and 50MB/s respectively.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Porsche Design USB Key Review

The LaCie Porsche Design USB Key is made for consumers who love great industrial design and also need something for compact portable storage. It is constructed with solid steel and is one of the smallest thumb drives on the market; however, despite its slim size, its solid single-piece design is built like a rock. To further add to its durability, the connector is recessed slightly in order to protect itself from physical damage. The LaCie drive also has 256-bit AES encryption to make data protection secure and gives users the ability to configure password-protected private folders on the USB flash drive. The Porsche Design USB Key comes in capacities of 16GB and 32GB.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Desktop SSHD Review

The Seagate Desktop SSHD hybrid is the first desktop 3.5" form factor, 6Gb/s SATA interface drive. The SSHD hybrid is Seagate's marriage of solid state performance with hard disk drive capacity at an affordable price. Using NAND flash to increase system performance, Seagate claims the SSHD hybrid will increase system performance by up to 4x faster than standard 7,200 RPM HDD by using adaptive memory technology that learns the data users access most frequently and adds it to the solid-state memory for instant access.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Seagate Business Storage 2 Bay NAS Review (STBP8000100)

Seagate's Business Storage 2-bay NAS is designed for SOHO users and prosumers who require the ability to back-up and centralize storage. The Business Storage 2 bay NAS builds on Seagate's previous generation BlackArmor NAS technology while adding new connectivity features including USB 3.0, an additional Ethernet port, and a universal storage module (USM) slot. Other significant upgrades include increased capacity at up to 8TB raised from 6TB on the BlackArmor, hot-swappable drives, volume-level encryption, and one touch transfer for USM and USB 3.0.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

The SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive is a high-performance enthusiast-grade USB stick designed for the most demanding portable storage users. SanDisk specs the USB flash drive with impressive top-in-class read speeds up to 190MB/s and write speeds up to 170MB/s. With those numbers, users can transfer a 3GB file in 20 seconds or a 40GB file in four minutes. SanDisk's 128-bit AES encryption and exclusive SecureAccess Software, which come with the SanDisk Extreme, make data protection easy to setup and use for consumers. Users will also be able to configure password-protected private folders on their SanDisk USB flash drive. Additionally, SanDisk has implemented a more sturdy build, giving the flash drive a very comfortable and confident feel.

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by Lyle Smith

Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Review

The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution is a modular card reader that supports up to four cards at once via swappable reader cartridges using just one USB port. The novel design makes it currently the only such product on the market. The core of this device revolves around the Professional Workflow Hub HR1, which is a four-bay cabinet that is compatible with the most popular card formats, including: XQD, CompactFlash, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) Ultra High Speed-I (UHS-I), and Secure Digital High Capacity UHS-I. The Lexar reader was developed in response to videographers' and photographers' need for an efficient way to transfer their huge amounts of RAW image files and HD, 3D, and 4K video files on various types of memory cards. As such, this Lexar solution provides them with much faster transfer rates with a more seamless way for off-loading their data.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate Desktop HDD.15 Review (ST4000DM000)

The Seagate Desktop HDD.15 is a 3.5" form factor, 6Gb/s SATA interface drive with a unique spindle speed of 5,900RPM that hits the 4TB capacity mark and is explicitly designed for desktop implementation. Building on their 3TB Barracuda drive (now rebranded HDD.14), the Desktop HDD.15 uses Seagate's 1TB platters inside. Thanks to the slower spindle speed, Seagate has been able to drive down power consumption on the Desktop HDD.15 to an average of 7.5W, an idle rating of 5W, and standup and sleep mode ratings of just 0.75W.

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by Lyle Smith

KomputerBay CF Professional 1000x Review

The Komputerbay 64 GB Compact Flash Memory Card ships in 64GB and 128GB capacities and is specifically designed for devices such as digital cameras targeting the critical performance speed requirements of professional photographers, digital camcorders, and other devices enabled with Compact Flash. Komputerbay specs the card with impressive top-in-class speeds at 110 MB/s write and 150MB/s read.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Cloud Review

The WD My Cloud is an extension of WD's portfolio of personal cloud hard drives that offer simple configuration and easy to consume content wherever you go across just about any device. For this single-bay WD My Cloud, the focus is entirely upon usability and content sharing, two significant challenges often seen in the small NAS space. WD has played in this space prior with the My Book Live family, but the My Cloud brings a plethora of new useful features like updated software tools, OS integration and cloud service tie-ins that make this small NAS immediately a big player for home users. 

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