Consumer Reviews
by Lyle Smith

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive Review

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is the space-saving version of Seagate’s performance-heavy portable drive family and is the thinnest portable 2TB hard drive on the market. We recently reviewed its larger brethren, the Backup Plus Fast, and found it very fast and affordable with easy-to-use management software. We expect more of the same with the Slim version, though at lesser transfer speeds due to the single drive configuration in the Slim vs. the twin drives in RAID0 found in the Plus Fast. 

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by Lyle Smith

Micron/Crucial M550 SSD Review

Micron/Crucial’s 20nm 128Gb MLC NAND was released in 2013 and hit the market in a consumable way as the first terabyte-class M500 SSD. The drive debuted at a price under $600 and proved to be a decent performer, though it is more a mainstream drive for consumers under the Crucial brand and for OEMs and system builders with the Micron flag. Today's release of the new similarly branded Crucial/Micron M550 expands on their personal storage line with improved performance, longer battery life, new capacity and form factor options, and an advanced feature set. The M550 SSD is specifically designed to meet the needs businesses and enthusiasts who are heavily involved with high-performance computing, ultrathin, and media/video applications. The M500 will stay in market, providing a balance of price and performance. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

Samsung Spinpoint M9T Hard Drive Review

The Samsung Spinpoint M9T hard drive for portable and space constrained devices provides a massive 2TB of storage in a standard 9.5mm, 2.5” form factor. This innovative drive, which provides the largest storage available in a standard drive height, is ideal for the consumer wishing to greatly supplement the storage of their notebook, game system or other unique application.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review (128GB)

The SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive is a high-performance, as well as SanDisk’s largest capacity, USB flash drive that allows consumers to share and transfer large media files on the go. At 128GB, not only does this thumb drive have a plethora of space, it's  also quoted to deliver up to an impressive 240MB/s write and 260MB/s read transfer speeds, which is roughly 60 times faster than standard USB 2.0 drives and would certainly qualify as top-in-class if the drive can deliver. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS414 Review

The Synology DiskStation DS414 is a 4-bay NAS targeted at SMB and consumers looking for a powerful NAS with a competitive price. The DS414 has a max capacity of 16TB (4TB HDD x 4) and features a Dual Core 1.33 GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and Synology’s DiskStation Manager (DSM) software. The device also sports USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and two Gigabit LAN ports. The DS414 has four tool-less, hot-swappable bays accessed beneath the front panel for quick drive swap out. Running Synology’s award-winning OS, the device allows seamless file-sharing across multiple platforms. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Review

The Seagate Backup Plus Fast portable drive is performance-heavy mobile device that provides users a plethora of storage and is the first portable drive that offers 4TB of storage space. Backup Plus Fast is fully USB powered, allowing users to bring along their videos, music, and pictures without having to carry an extra external power supply while on the go. Also included is the Seagate Dashboard, which offers users the ability to schedule and automate backups for their computer, social networks and mobile devices.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 Review

The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 is a palm-size, mobile drive designed for creative professionals who want to stream and edit their HD (4K or 3D) video at home as well as in the field, a much desired feature for consumers with mobile creative workflows. The new LaCie drive quotes blistering read speeds of 1,375MB/s in addition to dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining, a nice compact size for field-based creative workflows, and virtually silent dual cooling. The new LaCie drive also comes equipped with a set of PCIe SSDs preconfigured in RAID 0, which is definitely a welcomed out-of-the-box feature. 

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD 730 Series Review

Today, Intel launched the SSD 730, a new enthusiast-grade SSD designed with the most intensive client workloads possible in mind. The 730 is highlighted by its specially qualified 3rd generation Intel controller, 20nm NAND, and optimized firmware. Intel has also stepped up its game with their new SSD by factory overclocking these components, pushing the limits of performance by increasing its controller speed by 50% as well as offering a 20% boost in NAND bus speed.

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by Adam Armstrong

CalDigit T3 Review

The Caldigit T3 is a 3-Bay Thunderbolt direct attached storage enclosure that is unique in that the device allows users to employ RAID 0 or RAID 1 with two drives, while also allowing JBOD for the third. This feature alone gives the T3 substantial versatility, which depending on use cases can get even better thanks to support for both 2.5" SSD drives and 3.5" HDD drives. The T3 has a maximum capacity of 12TB with HDDs and up to 3TB with SSDs across the three bays.

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by Corinne O'Brien

Kingston SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 Review

The Kingston SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 flash memory card comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage capacities.  The UHS-I U3 flash memory card is designed for use in D-SLR or D-SLM cameras and 4K camcorders, advertising impressive 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write speeds to smoothly capture new high-resolution video output standards. 

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