Consumer Reviews
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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by Lyle Smith

Corsair Force Series LS SSD Review

The Corsair Force LS SSD Series is designed to be a value-oriented alternative largely for global-market consumers wanting to upgrade their PCs or Notebook at a reasonable price. Though Corsair is mostly known for their excellent and quality-built memory modules, they were one of the first SSD manufacturers to enter the retail market and have ultimately earned a reputation as building some of the best SSDs available, as well as providing drives that cover the whole price and performance spectrum. The Force LS is placed on the lower part of this spectrum and is considered labeled as a budget SSD by Corsair. 

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba TransMemory USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

The Toshiba TransMemory USB 3.0 flash drive is built for mainstream consumers looking for an affordable solidly built portable drive with reasonable transfer speeds. This Toshiba USB drive is their smallest USB offering and is not positioned as a performance drive but rather as a progressively faster drive than those based on USB 2.0 -- Toshiba quotes speeds at 70MB/s read and 10MB/s write.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Vector 150 SSD Review

OCZ continues its trend to build on past acquisitions of innovative controller technology, system-on-chip talent, and storage IP portfolios with the new Vector 150 SSD series launch, designed specifically for the enthusiast. With OCZ’s new ultra-thin 2.5-inch 7mm form factor SSD line, it can fit into virtually any notebook. It also features next generation 19nm MLC NAND flash, proprietary in-house OCZ built controller and firmware designed for superior mixed workload performance, and increased write endurance and reliability due to its advanced suite of flash management tools. OCZ’s Vector 150 SSD line brings burst sequential reads and writes of 550MB/s and 530MB/s to the table, along with random read and write IOPS of 95,000 and 90,000 respectively which is pretty much in line with the quoted performance of the prior-gen Vector. Additionally, it comes bundled with a 3.5” adapter as well as Acronis Cloning Software.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Black 4TB Desktop Hard Drive Review (WD4003FZEX)

The WD Black 4TB desktop hard drive is the latest high-capacity, high-performance drive from WD. The 4TB Black isn't entirely new of course, WD has been shipping a drive in this configuration for over a year. The prior 4TB model, WD4001FAEX, was a big step up at the time as it doubled the capacity of the 2TB Caviar Black and topped throughput by 12%. This time around, the WD4003FZEX doesn't get WD any higher capacity, but it does boast some aggressive performance claims. WD figures performance gains of anywhere between 26%-48% depending on the capacity thanks to an improved dual-core processor and other controller and firmware improvements.

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by Lyle Smith

Patriot Supersonic Boost XT Review

The Patriot Supersonic Boost XT is an ultra-durable rubberized USB flash drive with water-resistant housing that is designed for users who want a mobile storage device that can withstand the elements. It's roughly one and a half times the width of a standard stick, which includes a detachable cap and a red activity light, but doesn't get in the way of other ports when you plug it in. Though it is Patriot's most durable USB product, the Supersonic Boost XT is their most basic USB 3.0 drive in the performance column. The Patriot Supersonic Boost XT ships in a plethora of capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

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by Alexandra Haskell

SanDisk Extreme Pro microSDHC Review

The SanDisk Extreme Pro microSDHC UHS-I memory card is designed to meet the demands of an enthusiast looking for top-of-the-line performance and speed. This card is ideal for smartphone and tablet users who perform memory-intensive tasks like video and photo editing or gaming and for those who want top-class performance out of their cameras and video gear, like the latest GoPro cameras. The card can also be used in a broader range of devices with the included SD card adapter.

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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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