Consumer Reviews
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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by Alexandra Haskell

Patriot Supersonic Rage XT Review

The Patriot Supersonic Rage XT is the answer for consumers looking for an affordable, stylish flash drive with the efficient transfer speeds of USB 3.0. It's a compact flash drive with a rubberized casing, giving it a durability factor for users that are tough on their products. The jolting bright blue on black adds some excitement to the rugged and edgy design. Even though it carries the affordable tag, the drive still posts impressive performance capabilities, Patriot claims read and write speeds of up to 180MB/s and 50MB/s respectively.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Porsche Design USB Key Review

The LaCie Porsche Design USB Key is made for consumers who love great industrial design and also need something for compact portable storage. It is constructed with solid steel and is one of the smallest thumb drives on the market; however, despite its slim size, its solid single-piece design is built like a rock. To further add to its durability, the connector is recessed slightly in order to protect itself from physical damage. The LaCie drive also has 256-bit AES encryption to make data protection secure and gives users the ability to configure password-protected private folders on the USB flash drive. The Porsche Design USB Key comes in capacities of 16GB and 32GB.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Desktop SSHD Review

The Seagate Desktop SSHD hybrid is the first desktop 3.5" form factor, 6Gb/s SATA interface drive. The SSHD hybrid is Seagate's marriage of solid state performance with hard disk drive capacity at an affordable price. Using NAND flash to increase system performance, Seagate claims the SSHD hybrid will increase system performance by up to 4x faster than standard 7,200 RPM HDD by using adaptive memory technology that learns the data users access most frequently and adds it to the solid-state memory for instant access.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Seagate Business Storage 2 Bay NAS Review (STBP8000100)

Seagate's Business Storage 2-bay NAS is designed for SOHO users and prosumers who require the ability to back-up and centralize storage. The Business Storage 2 bay NAS builds on Seagate's previous generation BlackArmor NAS technology while adding new connectivity features including USB 3.0, an additional Ethernet port, and a universal storage module (USM) slot. Other significant upgrades include increased capacity at up to 8TB raised from 6TB on the BlackArmor, hot-swappable drives, volume-level encryption, and one touch transfer for USM and USB 3.0.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

The SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive is a high-performance enthusiast-grade USB stick designed for the most demanding portable storage users. SanDisk specs the USB flash drive with impressive top-in-class read speeds up to 190MB/s and write speeds up to 170MB/s. With those numbers, users can transfer a 3GB file in 20 seconds or a 40GB file in four minutes. SanDisk's 128-bit AES encryption and exclusive SecureAccess Software, which come with the SanDisk Extreme, make data protection easy to setup and use for consumers. Users will also be able to configure password-protected private folders on their SanDisk USB flash drive. Additionally, SanDisk has implemented a more sturdy build, giving the flash drive a very comfortable and confident feel.

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