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by Lyle Smith

Eaton 9PX3000RTN UPS Review

A few years ago, we reviewed the Eaton 9PX6K, a UPS from the company’s line of high-efficiency battery backups designed to protect medium-to-high-density IT equipment in computer rooms. Overall, we found that it offered comprehensive management and power protection and kept our lab tests running seamlessly. Earlier this year, the company released a broader range of models in the Eaton 9PX line, which consisted of devices that fit in a slightly smaller scope. Among these new models is the 2U 9PX3000RTN 3000VA 120V UPS, which we will be looking at today.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba OCZ TL100 SSD Review

The Toshiba OCZ TL100 is an entry-level, budget-friendly SSD first announced in September. Toshiba is positioning the SSD as an HDD replacement and touting benefits one would expect from an SSD over HDD. This inculdes dramatic improvement in boot times and overall performance, with lower power consumption resulting in longer battery life. The TL100 uses Toshiba’s TLC NAND flash memory technology, and has one of the lowest suggested retail prices on the market for an SSD.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lexar C1 microSD Reader & JumpDrive C20c Flash Drive Review

USB-C is a new interface that has the benefit of being omnidirectional (meaning it can face up or down and still work, just not sideways). On top of that several devices can be powered through the port including a new slew of notebooks, mostly from Apple. The biggest drawback has been lack of adoption and therefore lack of third parties making USB-C compatible devices. With the new release of Apple’s current generation MacBook Pro along with releases form Dell, Lenovo, and HP, USB-C is more prevalent and more devices are coming on the scene. Lexar has recently added a handful of USB-C devices including the Lexar C1 microSD Reader and Lexar JumpDrive C20c Flash Drive.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate IronWolf HDD 10TB Review

The new Seagate IronWolf HDD is designed for all types of NAS use cases, including those that leverage multi-RAID environments, with capacities spanning up to 10TB. Seagate has had a lot of success with their purpose-built drives in the past, such as the Seagate EnterpriseSeagate NAS, and Seagate SkyHawk Surveillance HDDs. And their new line is certainly specced to follow in their footsteps. Featuring multi-tier caching technology, this uniquely named drive is built to handle the constant vibration that is inherent in 24/7 NAS spindle drives and thrives under heavy user-workload rates in a high data-traffic network. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Veritas NetBackup 5240 Backup Appliance Review

Veritas merged with Symantec back in 2004 only to be spun back off last year as its own data management company. Symantec kept its security and Veritas gained NetBackup. NetBackup is an enterprise heterogeneous backup and recovery suite that that provides backup for several operating systems, physical systems, cloud, and virtualization such as VMware and Hyper-V. Veritas takes this one step farther and offers NetBackup on an appliance for what it calls an efficient, turnkey solution for backup, storage, and deduplication. Currently the NetBackup appliances are offered in two solutions: the 5200 series (which we will be looking at in this review) that is designed to be cost-optimized, and the 5300 series that is more performance-optimized.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell OptiPlex 7040 Series (SFF) Review

The Dell OptiPlex 7040 Series is a small form factor (SFF) computer that can pack quite the power punch per square inch. The OptiPlex 7040 comes equipped with the latest sixth generation Intel Core Processor. The OptiPlex 7040 is offered in two form factors: the mini tower and the SFF. Both of these form factors have been scaled down from the previous models. For our review we will be looking at the SFF.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Dell Precision 15 3000 Series (3510) Mobile Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 15 3000 Series (3510) is an affordable mobile workstation that features Intel Xeon Gen-6 processors, an AMD FirePro professional graphics card, as well as high-performance NVMe storage. The Precision 3510 comes with a variety of displays including an HD touchscreen option to meet a variety of use cases. Dell has also worked to improve the touchpad on the workstation and put an emphasis on weight, as the 3510 starts at under 5 pounds.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dot Hill AssuredSAN 6004 Review

We've long been fans of the Dot Hill arrays, looking at a few over the years including the AssuredSAN 4824 and the AssuredSAN Ultra48 in both HDD and hybrid configurations. In fact, the Ultra48 never made its way home; it's been in our lab serving as a primary capacity array for some time now. Dot Hill was good about continuing to add features to their controllers, making them some of the best in midrange storage. After the Seagate purchase of Dot Hill mid last year (podcast on the topic), the updates have continued flowing; at the end of last year Seagate pushed out a release that dramatically improved the performance of the 6004 series controllers, amongst several other material updates. This got us to thinking about how much more performance could be squeezed out of the Ultra48 with a relatively simple controller swap. Given Seagate's interest in delivering a fully vertically integrated storage array, the timing seemed right to give it a try. 

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by Brian Beeler

Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor Review (U3417W)

The Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor was launched in September of this year, about a year after Dell's first curved panel--the U3415W. New in the 34" panel this time around is an updated body design with a touch more curvature. The panel is squarely targeted at business users or other multitaskers wanting to get the most out of a single panel, rather than managing multiples on their desk. The UltraShart 34 aims to improve the life of professionals who need a significant amount of display real estate to do their jobs. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Back in September, Samsung announced two new NVMe drives. The 960 PRO is targeted to pro users and enthusiasts, and the 960 EVO aims to take the advantages of NVMe and bring it to the everyday consumer. The 960 EVO comes to market with the idea of allowing consumers to benefit from the performance, low latency, small form factor, and low power consumption of NVMe—without the professional performance price tag. While the EVO doesn’t aspire to the performance of its PRO brother, it does bring a drastic improvement over a SATA interface.

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