June 9th, 2011 by Thomas Sullivan
Icy Dock is perhaps the most prolific storage accessory company out there - case in point, in this review we look at a trio of 2.5" to 3.5" conversion kits. With street prices ranging from $15 to $30, the products are designed for almost any budget and interface need. On the high end is the aluminum SATA and SAS compatible MB982IP-1S. Icy Dock also sells a SATA-only metal version called the MB982SP-1S, although we don't cover it in this review. The mid-range MB882SP-1S-1B and entry-level MB882SP-1S-2B are SATA only and switch to black plastic to cut cost. They all simplify the issue of converting a 2.5" SSD or hard drive to the proper dimensions for mounting in a desktop or server.
April 11th, 2011 by Kevin OBrien
Certain notebooks gain a reputation over the years, be it good or bad. The Lenovo ThinkPad-series has been one of those families that has grown for almost 20 years, while still retaining the namesake of being one of the best business notebooks money can buy. Today we look at the new Lenovo ThinkPad T520, which is a 15.6-inch mid-range business notebook that can be equipped with NVIDIA Optimus graphics and a wide range of unique storage options.Read more
March 13th, 2011 by Charles Jefferies
The Patriot Convoy 425XL provides desktop users with the ability to add up to four 2.5” hard drives to their desktop using just one 5.25” device bay. The hook though is RAID, the Convoy supports RAID 0/1/3/5/10 Clone, Large, and JBOD via onboard JMicron controller.Read more
February 27th, 2011 by Charles Jefferies
February 13th, 2011 by Ben Stafford
The Addonics CipherChain ExpressCard gives your ExpressCard 34/54-equipped notebook the ability to connect to eSATA or USB external storage devices. Additionally, when using an eSATA drive, the Addonics card can provide hardware-based AES 256-bit full-disk encryption. In this brief review we put this Addonics device through some quick tests to make sure it works as advertised.Read more
January 30th, 2011 by Charles Jefferies
Not all storage drives are 3.5” – as a matter of fact, most Solid State Drives (SSDs) are 2.5”. Icy Dock created its 2.5” to 3.5” hard drive bracket for those looking to fit one or two 2.5” drives into a 3.5” desktop hard drive bay. We take a look.Read more
December 30th, 2010 by Charles Jefferies
Silverstone’s HDDBoost device pairs an SSD with a hard drive and claims to increase performance up to 70%. We take an in-depth look and find out if it delivers.Read more
November 5th, 2010 by Brian Beeler
The MB973SP-B is Icy Dock's latest backplane unit that allows users to install three 3.5" hard drives inside a computer case's two 5.25" device bays. To make life easy on those who make frequent drive swaps, the backplane is tray-less and screw-less. There are plenty of other highlights as well, including individual drive power buttons, SATA 6Gb/s support, front ports for more functionality and a fan with three speed settings.
November 1st, 2010 by Brian Beeler
Western Digital recently released their latest entry in the media streamer space. While the earlier editions of WD's TV Live family fared well, renewed competition from Apple, Roku, Netgear and others mean that to succeed with a steaming device you have to accomplish several goals, foremost among them a nice interface, ease of use, ease of configuration and the "wild card." Each device sports a certain trick up its sleeve and it's often these tricks that differentiate in a crowded marketplace. For Western Digital and the TV Live Hub (WDBABZ0010BBK), the wild card is the inclusion of a 1TB internal hard drive. We'll explore the device in detail and discern the benefits of the internal storage in this review.
October 18th, 2010 by Neama Esmaili
When building a media PC, selecting the proper optical drive is crucial. To that end we've been working with LiteOn's newest high definition optical drive, the Blu-ray capable IHBS112. This drive has the ability to read and write Blu-ray discs as well as your typical DVD and CD media. This model is currently listed as one of the fastest available Blu-ray writers on the market with a maximum Blu-ray write speed of up to 12X. It also allows for high-definition 3D playback, making it a potentially nice addition for those looking to upgrade their desktops to Blu-rayRead more