by Adam Armstrong

ORICO NVMe M.2 SSD Enclosure Review

While there is still a limitation on NVMe portable devices available, there are, however, more and more enclosures for placing NVMe SSDs into. ORICO has released its line of clear NVMe M.2 SSD enclosures. While mostly clear, there is a polychrome aluminum alloy heat sink that comes in four different colors: red, blue, black, and sliver. The enclosure is highly compatible with many makes of PC and several mobile devices. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB Review

Released earlier this year, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus line is the latest NVMe SSD portfolio from the company. The 970 EVO Plus line comes in M.2 2280 form factor and is aimed at IT professionals, pro gamers, creative professionals, and general tech enthusiasts. Not part of the initial release, Samsung has now rolled out a 2TB capacity of the drive. The new version doubles the initial 1TB capacity and brings a few performance bumps with reported speeds of 3.5GB/s read 3.3GB/s write sequentially, and random (QD32) of 620K IOPS read and 560K IOPS write, with random (QD1) of 19K IOPS read and 62K IOPS write. 

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by Tom Fenton

Intel NUC Kit NUC7CJYS Review

The system in this review is an Intel NUC7CJYS which is a low-priced, small form factor kit computer.  It is considered a kit as it only comes with a limited amount of storage and RAM. We used the 7CJYS in an article that we wrote about building your own VDI client but thought it would be interesting to do a more in-depth review of the capabilities of this system.

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by Lyle Smith

Micron c200 microSDXC Card Review

The Micron c200 microSDXC UHS-I card is dubbed the world’s highest-capacity microSD card at an impressive 1TB (though that makes it tie between other cards like the 1TB SanDisk Extreme). With Micron’s 96-layer, quad-level cell (QLC) 3D NAND and a UHS Speed Class 3 and Video Speed Class 30 ratings, the c200 is designed for 4K HDR video capture/playback use cases inside cameras and high-end tablets and Android mobile phones.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS419slim NAS Review

The Synology DS419slim is an ultra-compact 4-bay NAS that comes equipped with dual USB 3.0 ports (one on the back and one on the front), 2x 1GbE RJ-45 ports and supports 2.5-inch drives. Powered by a Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 dual-core 1.33GHz processor, this cube-shaped NAS is quoted to deliver over 220MB/s read and 94MB/s write in a dual Gigabit Link Aggregation environment. The DS419slim fits nicely in the home user demographic, especially those looking to create their own cloud solution or 24-hour backup device.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Announces New EliteBooks & Mobile Thin Client

HP has announced the next generation of their affordable HP EliteBook 700 G6 series business laptops, the new HP EliteBook 735 G6 (13-inch) and HP EliteBook 745 G6 (14-inch). HP has added premium features to the mainstream line including 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen PRO processors with Radeon Vega graphics. Both new EliteBooks focus on power, security, and an ultra-slim design and feature a narrow border and ultra-bright display.

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by Tom Fenton

Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit (NUC8i7BEH) Review

We recently had the opportunity to review an Intel NUC7CJYS; a low priced NUC. We were impressed with the value that it delivered and thought it would be interesting to see how much power Intel packs into a mid-tier NUC systems, in this case the NUC8i7BEH (Bean Canyon). Intel NUC systems are used by enthusiast that want to build a home lab that take up a minimal amount of space, custom builders that configure them for a specific purpose such as entertainment systems, home users that are looking for a quiet, small computer, and others that want a system that take up a minimal amount of space. 

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo Next Generation of ThinkPad P Series Mobile Workstations

Lenovo has announced the next generation of its ThinkPad P Series with five new products, the ThinkPad P73, ThinkPad P53, ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, and ThinkPad P53s and P43s. These new additions are designed for professionals who need both power and portability and feature a range of reliability and security features.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate BarraCuda 510 NVMe SSD Review

The Seagate BarraCuda 510 is a consumer drive for users looking to leverage the NVMe interface inside their ultra-thin laptops, workstations, and desktop PCs, though it’s also available in a 2.5 SATA model. First revealed during CES 2019 in January, the BarraCuda 510 features 3D cTLC NAND and capacities up to 512GB. The new Seagate drive also comes bundled with SeaTools SSD, which is the company’s free software that tests and analyzes their drives for health monitoring.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston KC2000 NVMe SSD Review

The Kingston KC2000 SSD is the company’s next generation M.2 NVMe drive that is geared toward power users. The drive leverages 96-layer, 3D TLC NAND and the latest Gen 3.0 x 4 controller to deliver quoted speeds of 3.2GB/s read and 2.2GB/s write. With the drive’s performance and endurance, Kingston states it would be a good fit for desktops, workstation, and high-performance computing systems. 

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