Consumer Reviews
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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by Josh Shaman

Lexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-I Review

The Lexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-I is the company's strongest performing SDXC memory card that ships in capacities of 64GB, 128GB or 256GB and is designed for high-end content capturing via DSLRs, HD camcorders or even 3D cameras. That 256GB capacity point is a drastic increase doubling offerings comparables provide that top off at 128GB, sometimes even 64GB. Performance is another main draw and is accelerated to quoted transfer rates of 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write - and Lexar says the read activity spec is a guaranteed minimum sustained transfer rate (of course depending on the host system). These speeds are extremely significant to photographers as reduced transfer times and smoother in-camera operations lead to more shots snapped and more time to edit them, and with that, likely higher quality work. Lexar also includes a software code for users to download Lexar Image Rescue 4, which is image recovery software enabling users to recover lost or deleted photos or videos.

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by Josh Shaman

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive Review

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is an ultra-portable storage device that features up to 64GB of capacity and is engineered to enable consumers to share and stream HD movies, music and pictures intuitively using a tablet or smartphone. Users can download free iOS, Android or Kindle Fire apps to access their multimedia collection. The Connect Wireless Media drive includes embedded memory in either 32GB or 64GB capacities, and it also includes an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot to instantly share digital camera photos or expand the device's native capacity. As with others in the space, the Connect Wireless Media Drive creates its own network, meaning no Internet is required. Further, with the Media Drive's super-portability and wireless range of up to 150 feet, users can access their media most places in their home. The device does feature USB 2.0 connectivity, so transfer rates will be limited. However, most users will be accessing content wirelessly anyhow.

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by Josh Shaman

SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive Review

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is available as a 16GB or 32GB capacity portable storage device that enables users to store, share and stream files using iOS, Android or Kindle Fire apps. The unit utilizes SD cards, which SanDisk packages with the device for its storage. In operation, the Connect Wireless Flash Drive creates its own network, so no Internet is required and the device can be used anywhere. Additionally, it transmits the network powerfully enough so that a mobile device can connect as far out as 150 feet away - particularly handy when accessing the unit across rooms in a house or apartment.

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by Josh Shaman

Toshiba SSHD Review (MQ01ABDH)

The Toshiba MQ01ABDH is a SSHD that ranges up to 1TB in capacity, features performance assisted by 32MB of DRAM as a buffer and 8GB of Toshiba's own NAND flash, and comes in a slim 7mm (MQ01ADFH) or standard 9.5mm (MQ01ABDH) form factor. As with almost all other HDDs hitting the market these days, the MQ01ABDH spins at 5,400RPM, which helps to reduce power consumption which matches the intended applications. Since the Toshiba SSHDs (which is how they'll be referenced in this review) are shipping in both the slim and standard form factors, the drives are primarily designed for thin and light notebooks where users want to leverage the transfer rates of SSDs without making the sacrifice of surrendering several hundred gigabytes of storage.

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by Josh Shaman

Drobo 5D Review

The Drobo 5D is a direct attached storage device (DAS) with five 3.5" carrier-less bays that features USB 3.0 and dual thunderbolt ports. Though similar in design to recent Drobo models, the 5D that we previously announced adds a lot of new features including: support for HDDs and SSDs, increased memory, a faster processor and battery backup. Drobo designed the 5D with media creatives such as video and audio editors in mind understanding their need for high capacity, high performance devices. Drobo offers a couple of other devices in the family such as the Mini which has the same features but with support for four 2.5" drives, as well as the 5N network attached storage device (NAS).

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by Josh Shaman

Samsung 840 EVO SSD Review

The Samsung 840 Evo is the company's latest mainstream SSD that differentiates itself in the market with features and components that benefit from Samsung's vertical integration approach including its own 19nm 128Gb TLC NAND, proprietary firmware and newest-gen multi-core MEX controller. Capacities on the 840 Evo range from 120GB all the way up to a full 1TB model, and the drive also implements an updated version of Samsung Magician (v. 4.2) that enables users to easily migrate to the SSD and manage it once it's in use. Samsung is also quoting much higher performance figures on the slim, 7mm z-Height 840 Evo than with the previous generation Samsung 840 - up to 1.5-3x the sequential write rates.

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by Josh Shaman

DataTale Smart 4-bay Thunderbolt RAID Review

The DataTale Smart 4-bay Thunderbolt RAID is a trayless system that houses up to four drives (HDDs, SSDs or a mix) and is designed for creative professionals such as video or photo editors and SOHO users who need to leverage both performance and data security. From Oyen Digital, which creates high performance storage solutions, the device enables users to connect via Thunderbolt and configure RAID modes easily using the RAID MASTER GUI. The GUI enables the drives to be configured in JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10 and helps users to centralize and manage the device. Furthering functionality, the device is also Time Machine compatible, simplifying backup tasks.

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by Josh Shaman

SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Review

The SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I is a memory card designed for tablets, smartphones and cameras that ships in capacities of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB and differentiates itself from other cards on the market with its robust performance. SanDisk quotes transfer rates at 80MB/s for read activity and 50MB/s for write activity. These performance specs along with the UHS Speed Class 1 (U1) and Class 10 video recording ratings optimize the Extreme microSDXC UHS-I to handle anything from documents and images to Full HD video at 1080p. This is particularly significant for photographers and video/audio editors who need to capture or edit loads of content, though in typical consumer use cases the card will undoubtedly drastically cut down on transfer time as well.

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by Josh Shaman

Toshiba Canvio Slim II Review

The Toshiba Canvio Slim II is a bus-powered portable storage device that comes in a small footprint in both 500GB and 1TB capacities and interfaces over USB 3.0. The Slim II can also be purchased preformatted for Windows or Mac; the Windows model includes a NTFS driver for Mac and the Mac version is Time Machine compatible. For additional value, the Canvio Slim II features preloaded software that can also be found in some of the other Toshiba Canvio series drives. Users receive free licensed-access to NTI Backup Now EZ 2010 which enables simple, optionally-encrypted backups, and they also receive a license for Pogoplug PC for cloud backups which is normally $30. Canvio owners receive 10GB of storage for free versus 5GB for non-Canvio owners. There is also a piece of media editing software called Muvee and an HDD Password Tool that enables users to set a password for the drive.

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