Accessories reviews balance between a spectrum of products from computer cases to video surveillance cameras and even to accessories that enable users to squeeze more storage into smaller footprints. Accessories reviews form a large catch-all to compile all of the tech extras that users require, but that don't quite fit into our other categories of SSDs, HDDs, SOHO NAS and the like.
by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Makes Announcements Around Nighthawk & Orbi

At CES this year, NETGEAR made several announcements that made it under our radar. These announcements center around expanding the company’s Nighthawk systems with new models including a mesh WiFi 6 router. NETGEAR also announced a 4G LTE Orbi Tri-bad mesh WiFi Router.

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by Adam Armstrong

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Review

The notebooks on the market today are dramatically faster than previous generations, but as manufacturers push to make them smaller, it has left users with far fewer connectivity options. It used to be common to find LAN ports (or even USB-A on notebooks), but common legacy ports are being chopped from platforms left and right. To help with the struggle, OWC is offering a way for users to have these ultra-compact devices (or just regular computers that need more connectivity) with its OWC Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock. This dock is specifically aimed at creative pros giving them up to 40Gb/s of bandwidth across card readers, USB3 connectivity, 10Gb LAN (!) and and countless external data-hungry devices such as RAID arrays or eGPUs.

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by Lyle Smith

Orico Thunderbolt 3 Aluminum Docking Station Review

The Orico Thunderbolt 3 Aluminum Docking Station is a multi-purpose accessory designed to add expanded functionality. Due to their size, notebooks are usually limited in the amount of connectivity and functionality they can offer, so docking stations such as these are extremely handy and provide users with wide range of connectivity so they can easily attach peripherals, hard drives, flash drives and mobile devices. The Orico docking station features one DisplayPort, one USB-A 3.0 port, two USB-A 3.1 ports, an SD card port, and an RJ45 network port as well as a power interface and Thunderbolt 3 input/output ports. Using the DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 port, for example, allows you to stream your laptop to devices like TVs and monitors in 4K, which is perfect for the travel-wary professionals. You can also use the docking station to daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt 3 devices.

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by Alex Schuchter

WD ReadyView Surveillance System Review

WD ReadyView is a comprehensive NVR surveillance solution that offers easy setup, system expandability, on-site WD Purple storage, external backup, mobile access, and affordability. Two unique models of the security system are offered. All system bundles include four durable weatherproof HD cameras with night vision and motion detection, an NVR with WD Purple drive storage, and necessary cables. Looking at the differences between the two models, the 2MP camera bundle includes 2MP camera resolution, 2TB of storage, and can capture 90+ days of continuous 27/7 recording. The 4MP camera bundle includes 4MP camera resolution, 4 TB of storage, and can capture 120+ days of continuous 24/7 recording. In addition to the upgrades to camera resolution and storage capacity, the 4MP camera bundle also offers Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS) which includes intrusion, trip line, and intelligent identification features. For those interested in redundancy, external backup is as easy as plugging in an external USB storage device with NTFS formatting. The system is also expandable beyond the included four cameras up to eight.

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by Alex Schuchter

iStorage Datashur PRO2 Review

The iStorage datAshur PRO2 is a USB flash drive that is hardware encrypted for those that need the highest level of security on the go. Like all iStorage products, the datAshur PRO2 uses a PIN authentication pad to unlock for use; users can select a 7-15 digit PIN. Extra security measures leveraged by this drive include real time data encryption using military grade aes-xts 256-bit hardware encryption and a uniquely incorporated Common Criteria EAL4+ ready secure microprocessor. The drive comes in capacities up to 512GB.
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by Lyle Smith

ORICO 2-Bay Hard Drive Dock Review

The ORICO 2-Bay Hard Drive Dock is a dual hard-drive reader that features speedy HDD switching and the ability to simultaneously read and write to dual HDDs. This is certainly a huge capacity point and opens up a lot of different applications and benefits to using a docking station like this.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR Announces Nighthawk EAX80 and Updates to its Insight Management Solution

NETGEAR has announced the new Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi 6 Mesh Extender (EAX80) and new features to its Insight management solution in addition to the (approximate) worldwide release dates for the Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh System and Meural Canvas II. All of these new technologies will be showcased at IFA 2019, Europe's biggest tech show.

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by Michael Rink

HyperX Releases FURY DDR4 RGB

Today, HyperX released FURY DDR4 RGM memory and gave us a new look at their lineup. HyperX's FURY DDR4 line dates back several years to 2014, so it should be interesting to see what, if any, improvements have been made since the line was first introduced. HyperX was started in 2002 as Kingston Technology Company's gaming division.

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by Alex Schuchter

Dell Ultrasharp 34 Curved USB-C Monitor (U3419W) Review

The Dell U3419W monitor is a new 34 inch monitor that Dell has added to their Ultrasharp product line replacing the U3417W. This monitor is a behemoth that matches it’s ultra wide curved display with ultra high quality. Designed with photo and video work in mind as well as entertainment; whatever your use this monitor offers an immersive experience. 

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by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA Unveils New RTX Solutions at SIGGRAPH 2019

Last year at SIGGRAPH, NVIDIA announced its RTX technology, among other announcements. This year the company has announced that RTX is in many more applications expanding the reach of the technology through the industry. NVIDIA is also announcing NVIDIA RTX studio laptops and mobile workstations and vendors such as Dell, HP, Lenovo and BOXX.

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