Consumer Reviews
by Brian Beeler

WD My Book and My Book for Mac Review

WD recently updated their My Book external desktop hard drive line for both the Mac and PC audiences. The new drives feature a redesigned enclosure that better aligns with modern design and updates to WD's suite of software that comes with each drive. The My Book for PC comes in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB capacities while the My Book for Mac tops out at 3TB. Both drives ship with a USB 3.0 interface for rapid access to the hard drive inside. 

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by Lyle Smith

Komputerbay 128GB SDXC 600X UHS-I Review

The Komputerbay 600X UHS-1 128GB SDXC memory card comes in 64GB and 128GB capacities and are built for transferring all types of media files to SDXC-compatible electronic devices, such as digital cameras, digital camcorders, digital printers. Additionally, it will offer consumers a built-in security feature, which allows them to store, play, and download secure content.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Samsung microSDHC Plus Series Review (MB-MPBGB)

The Samsung microSDHC Plus Series ships in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities and is designed to meet mainstream consumer applications including implementation in smartphones and tablets. The Plus Series from Samsung is distinguished from typical flash cards with its higher performance rating of 48MB/s for read activity and 13MB/s for write activity. At the same time, the Plus Series is more affordable than the higher-end flash cards such as Samsung's own Pro Series. Positioned between value and enthusiast categories, Samsung's microSDHC Plus Series also features UHS Speed Class 1 (U1) and Class 6 video recording rating. What that boils down to is that the cards can perform quick transfers and handle HD video.

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by Josh Shaman

Samsung SDHC Plus Series Review

The Samsung SDHC Plus Series memory card slots into the performance category, wedged between value and enthusiast and is designed for DSLR cameras and full HD camcorders. Served up in capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB, the Plus Series flash cards feature a blend of both solid performance and low pricing. At the lower two capacities, the Plus Series cards are roughly $1/GB, but when you move up to the full 32GB capacity that maxes out the SDHC format, the per-gigabyte cost drops to about 70 cents. Along with that, Samsung rates the Plus Series at figures as high as 48MB/s for read activity and 13MB/s for write activity.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

WD Red 4TB HDD Review (WD40EFRX)

WD's Red 4TB HDD expands on the company's current offering with 33% more raw storage capacity than previously available in the same 3.5" form factor with a 6Gb/s SATA interface. The WD Red line also features 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB models, but now consumers and small businesses with one- to five-bay NAS units can install or upgrade to the full 4TB maximum, the most robust storage capacity in the industry. Other standard features with the Red 4TB are a 64MB cache and WD's Intellipower low power spindle. This Intellipower technology is significant as drives in this segment experience continuous 24x7 operation and are required to consume minimal amounts of energy in order to reduce costs.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

WD Red 2.5" 1TB HDD Review (WD10JFCX)

The WD Red family of NAS-tuned hard drives is a perfect example of the ways mature technology like the hard drive can continue to be specialized for new applications. Today WD has announced new additions to the Red lineup; two 2.5-inch drives, which will be the first drives of that form factor on the market that are optimized for use with small network attached storage. If WD is correct in their market assessment, there will be a growing demand for small form factor NAS devices, and developing Red HDDs in the smaller form factor will give the company a head start.

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by Josh Shaman

Patriot Supersonic Magnum USB Flash Drive Review

The Patriot Supersonic Magnum is the company's top performing USB flash drive that ranges in capacities from 64GB to 256GB and interfaces over USB 3.0. Patriot has rated the Supersonic Magnum's read throughput rates at 250MB/s, with write at 160MB/s. That performance is driven by the Supersonic Magnum's 8 channel NAND implementation. On top of these impressive performance and capacity specs, the Supersonic Magnum also features an aluminum enclosure to ensure that bumps and dings won't damage the flash drive or the data it holds. All of this comes at a fairly reasonable cost, as the flash drive's street pricing is close to the 1$/GB threshold.

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by Josh Shaman

Samsung SDXC Pro Series Review

The Samsung SDXC Pro Series is a memory card designed to enable photographers, videographers and consumer enthusiasts to capture, edit and manipulate ultra-high resolution imagery and HD video (including 3D video). The SDXC Pro Series flash card ships in capacities of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB, all of which feature a high-end performance spec. The Pro Series, in fact, is the top-of-the-line in Samsung's portfolio, and as such Samsung quotes transfers at up to 80MB/s for read activity and up to 40MB/s for write activity. This really comes in handy when cameras are processing captured content in-device, and it also obviously transitions into much more efficient migrations to workstations and editing on the card if necessary.

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by Josh Shaman

Samsung microSDXC Pro Series Review (MB-MGCGB)

The Samsung microSDXC Pro Series is a memory card engineered primarily with high-end smartphones and tablets in mind, and Samsung offers the microSD in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. As a member of the Samsung Pro Series (which also features a standard SD card), this flash card carries a more robust performance spec than typical flash cards - it comes rated at 70MB/s for read activity and 20MB/s for write activity. That read transfer rate means that users browsing media files on their tablets and smartphones won't be waiting for long load times, and when they write data over, that process will also have a boost over standard cards. The Pro Series is also rated with the UHS Speed Class 1 (U1) and Class 10 video recording ratings that signify high speed data transfers capable of handling HD content including Full HD video at 1080p.

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by Josh Shaman

Lexar JumpDrive P10 Review

The Lexar JumpDrive P10 is a flash drive that connects over USB 3.0 and is billed as one of the fastest flash drives on the market with its transfer rates quoted at up to 265MB/s for read activity and 245MB/s for write activity. That Lexar figure equates to roughly 1GB every four seconds or 15GB a minute. Beyond that, the JumpDrive P10 arrives in three different capacity points: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. So, for example, if you take the performance spec and calculate it with the maximum capacity point of 64GB, transferring the contents of a JumpDrive P10 filled with a maximum data load would only take roughly 4-5 minutes. On top of that, Lexar has implemented a more premium build with metal-alloy to match the JumpDrive P10's appearance to its high-end performance.

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