by Lyle Smith

SecureData SecureDrive BT External Drive Review

The SecureData SecureDrive BT is a hardware-encrypted portable SSD designed for professionals and consumers who need that extra mile to protect their data. Losing a portable drive can be disastrous if security measures weren’t taken, which often is the case. The BT, however, has you covered. It is one of the more unique portable drives we’ve reviewed, as it has been built from the ground up with security as its primary goal so users can have a peace of mind their sensitive or classified data is safe.

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by Adam Armstrong

SecureData SecureUSB BT Review

Some information is so critical that it needs a high level of protection when it is transferred to a portable device and on the move. SecureData has rolled out its SecureUSD BT that leverages Mobile phones or Apple Watches to help secure the device. This wireless authentication also makes the device remote management ready.

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by Adam Armstrong

ADATA XPG SX6000 M.2 PCIe SSD Review

The ADATA XPG SX6000 is the latest in the company's line of M.2 PCIe SSDs. The drive is touted as being a better performer at the same costs, or offering a better cost-performance ratio. The drive comes in a M.2 (2280) form factor and leverages PCIe3x2 interface (NVMe 1.2 supported). The drive utilizes 3D NAND that gives it quoted speeds of 1GB/s read and 800MB/s write.

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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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