Consumer Reviews
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

by Kevin OBrien

WD Black2 SSD/HDD Review

The WD Blackis a combination drive for portable users that presents both a 1TB HDD and 120GB SSD to the host system leveraging only a single SATA port. Rather than only enhance their hybrid HDD portfolio, WD Labs came up with the idea to essentially sandwich two drives together. The architecture is both novel and pretty impressive. Each drive is managed by a controller that plays traffic cop, directing the IO to each drive from the single SATA port. The drive comes in just the single 1TB/120GB capacity point and has a 9.5mm 2.5" form factor. 

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD 530 Review

Intel launched the SSD 530 series as a progressive update on their SSD 520 line, moving away from the 25nm NAND flash and incorporating new SandForce silicon with 20nm flash for more efficient power consumption. The 530 series also consolidates Intel's various form factors which previously carried different model numbers.14 new products don the SSD 530 brand in a variety of different form factors; standard 2.5", mSATA and M.2. As was the case with their previous series, Intel has optimized the SandForce firmware to deliver a combination of performance and reliability. 

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