Consumer Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD Review

The Samsung 840 EVO is an mSATA SSD that is the first to hit the 1TB capacity point. Though it has a compact mSATA form factor, roughly a quarter of the size of a standard 2.5” SSD, it packs the performance punch of its larger siblings. Ultra-thin laptops have been limited in their storage capacity up until now. Taking advantage of Samsung’s advances in flash memory, the 840 EVO mSATA SSD will take portable computing capacity and speeds in ultra-thin computers that was previously unattainable. To get to the 1TB capacity point, Samsung uses a total of four flash memory packages, each having 16 dense layers of 128Gb TLC chips.

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by Chris Looney

WD My Cloud EX4 Review

The WD My Cloud EX4 is a four-bay NAS designed for power users and small offices that builds on WD's new My Cloud platform. With a full array of applications and easy-setup design, the My Cloud EX4 offers a feature-rich, stable, and secure network storage solution of up to 16TB. Building on the design philosophy of its smaller sister, the EX4 retains the My Cloud's ease of use while offering an expansion of up to 4 total bays, a dual power supply, and additional data management features. WD aims to make the EX4 a performer as well, with a 2.0GHz processor, 512MB onboard memory, and dual Ethernet ports (which provide link aggregation, allowing for transfer increase and redundancy).

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 2TB Review

The LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt is designed to give consumers the ultimate physical protection of their data against all kinds of threats. Not only is the Rugged beast of a device, it is arguably is one of the more affordable drives of its class and even includes a standard USB 3.0 cable as well as a Thunderbolt cable. The Rugged USB 3.0 2TB is also currently the highest capacity bus–powered storage solution on the market that uses Thunderbolt technology; the single connected cable can draw enough juice to power the drive from the host computer. The new 2TB model is essentially the same as its lower-capacity brethren performance-wise, quoting speeds of 110MB/s, while LaCie offers SSD models for those who need a higher transfer rate.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba microSD Class 10 UHS-I Review

The Toshiba microSDXC Class 10 UHS-I is a budget-friendly memory card designed for users on the go who require additional storage for their mobile devices. This Toshiba card is labeled as a Class 10, which is currently the fastest read-write performance class for SD cards. However, it is specced lower than some of the top-in-class SD cards as it quotes transfer speeds up to 30MB/s read and 10MB/s write. It will definitely get the job done in most cases though, as it is capable of high speed data transfers and can handle HD content including at Full 1080p HD videos with 60FPS.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile with Thunderbolt Review

The HGST G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 is a stylish, easily portable, and durable 1TB portable hard drive. The G-DRIVE mobile is small enough to take just about anywhere and it is bus powered with no need to pack an AC adapter. The aluminum finish makes it look like a perfect match up next to the newer MacBooks. The G-DRIVE mobile is formatted for Macintosh and Time Machine compatible but can easily be reformatted for PC.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Lexar Professional 1100x XQD Card Review

The Lexar Professional 1100x XQD card is a high performance memory card engineered for photographers and videographers who require accelerated transfers when capturing and editing super high-quality images, 3D video, 1080p full-HD, and the like. Transfers are rated amongst the highest in the industry at a minimum of 168MB/s for read activity (card to computer) and 155MB/s for write activity (camera to card), which has been made possible by Lexar's (a Micron subsidiary) implementation of PCIe interface technology. The Professional 1100x XQD card also ships with a free software code for Lexar Image Rescue 4, an image recovery software. 

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston Secure USB Flash Drives with ESET USB 3.0 Review

Kingston Secure USB Flash Drives with ESET are now available in USB 3.0 with their Digital DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 (DTVP) secure USB Flash drives, as well as the DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 Anti-Virus, which helps enterprises safeguard business data and set security policies for end-users. This is the next iteration of products based on the partnership between Kingston, ESET, and ClevX back in late 2012 and is the first hardware-encrypted secure USB Flash drive with USB 3.0 performance to hit the market.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Extreme PRO CompactFlash Memory Card Review

The SanDisk Extreme PRO CompactFlash Memory Card is designed specifically for professional videographers and photographers as it is optimized for professional-grade video capture, boasting transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s as well as quoting minimum sustained write speeds of 20MB/s to ensure smooth recording; it also has a slight speed advantage when formatted in exFAT mode, though this might have some compatibility issues with certain cameras. The SanDisk Extreme PRO CompactFlash Memory Card's specifications ensure that it is fast enough to keep up with advanced UDMA-6 enabled DSLRs to satisfy enthusiasts who need high quality video and image capture.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS214se Review

The DiskStation DS214se is Synology's economical two-bay NAS with the capability to host, share, and protect data and is optimized to be an personal NAS server running the ever incomparable DiskStation Manager (DSM). The DS214se is quoted to deliver an average write speeds under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows environment of 102MB/s read and 58MB/s write. Synology says the "se" stands for "single-role edition," which generally means it's targeted to single-user environments. Synology is quick to mention though that just because it's low-cost, doesn't mean it's short on any of the core Synology features. 

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by Alexandra Haskell

G-Technology G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt Review

The G-Dock ev with Thunderbolt is designed for heavy media users needing high performance transfer speeds and the ability to work on digital content efficiently. The G-Dock is a one of a kind dual-bay storage system and ships with two G-Drive ev hard drives that are dual purpose. Plug the cartridge-esque hard drives into the G-Dock to experience the high performance Thunderbolt interface. Take the drives out and connect via USB 3.0 for fast portable drive access. While the G-Dock ev is built around on-the-go Mac users who need portable storage at the desk and on the go, the ev also offers flexibility for unique workflows like production workflows that require the frequent sharing of large file sets.  Read more