by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-x31P2 & TS-431X2 SMB/SOHO NAS Now Available

QNAP has announced the release of their TS-x31P2 (available in 2-bay and 4-bay) and TS-431X2 (4-bay) NAS solutions featuring quad-core processors. Designed for SMB and SOHO users, both new series support Snapshots so users can restore the NAS to a previous state in the event of hardware failure or when suddenly hit by ransomware/malware attacks. The TS-431X2 also comes equipped with a budget-friendly 10GbE SFP+ port for “empowering containerized applications” through 10GbE networks.

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub Review

The CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub is the newest generation of the company’s single drive solution line designed specifically for Thunderbolt 3-compatible computers. The AV Pro 2 supports both full size 3.5" and 2.5” solid state drives, which can easily be removable via the hubs module design so users can seamlessly expand their systems as their storage needs change. Though the AV Pro 2 is marketed for use with Thunderbolt 3 machines, it can also to connect to laptop or desktop via its USB-C port while supporting USB Micro B connectivity. These ports also allow users to connect USB peripherals--including external drives, card readers, and Apple SuperDrives--with the ability to also daisy chain to another AV Pro 2.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology Announces a Slate of new XS/Plus/Value-Series DiskStations and Surveillance Products

Synology has announced a slate of a new XS/Plus/Value-Series DiskStation NAS solutions, which is comprised of the DS3018xs, Synology’s first 6-bay tower NAS with optional 10GbE and NVMe SSD support; the DS918+, DS718+ and DS218+, which are designed for intensive daily workloads; and the DS418, which features optimized 4K online transcoding capability. Also announced is a brand-new lineup of surveillance products, including NVR1218, an all-in-one, standalone surveillance solution; and the VS960HD, a compact surveillance monitoring and management device.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA SE730H Portable SSD Review

ADATA has released the SE730H, the company's most compact portable SSD to date. Improved in every way over previous drives, the SE730H is a high-performing portable drive that now leverages 3D TLC NAND. In total, this allows for lower cost per gigabyte, more efficient power consumption, better reliability, and faster write performance. In addition, with the transition to 3D NAND, ADATA claims the SE730H boasts a 25% longer lifespan compared to previous models in the SE730 line.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Announces New G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series; New SDK for G-RACK 12

Western Digital has announced the new G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series, a portable SSD that uses the latest-generation USB-C connectivity to deliver reported transfer speeds up to 560MB/s, and the availability of a new software development kit (SDK) for its G-Technology 12-bay G-RACK 12 NAS solution.  

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba MQ04 1TB Thin Client HDD Announced

Toshiba has announced the new MQ04 Series 1TB HDD, a thin client drive designed for notebook PCs, gaming systems, all-in-one slim-line desktop systems, set-top box appliances, and other use cases that require high-capacity and durable storage.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Announces Next Generation of Performance-Driven Z Workstations

HP has announced the company’s most powerful workstation to date, the HP Z8 G4, as well as other models from the newly refreshed Z line. Designed for professionals such as product designers, architects, digital creators, scientists and educators, the HP Z8, Z6 and Z4 G4 desktop workstations offer advanced security and an innovative design. They are also built to be future-proof so they can support the fast growing fields of virtual reality, machine learning and advanced design.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo Announces ThinkStation P920 and P720 Desktop Workstations

Lenovo has announced the latest models of the ThinkStation P920 and P720 desktop workstations, which feature the latest NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics (including the P920’s support of 3x GP100 or P6000 cards) and Intel Xeon processors (up to 3.6GHz), increased 6-channel memory to support the heaviest computational needs, faster memory speeds, support for up to 28 cores per CPU, and full-blown RAID support for NVMe drives.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 15 G4 Review

HP is back with a series of new impressive-looking workstations. Among these releases is the ZBook 15 G4, marketed as a high-performance mobile workstation for professionals on the go. Not only can it be equipped with 7th generation Intel Core i7 CPUs, users can now leverage the massively powerful Xeon processor for the ultimate performance build. In addition, the ZBook 15 provides a new range of heavy-duty professional graphics from the new NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro graphics lines, while also offering a less expensive integrated GPU option. The HP ZBook 15 G4 can also be expanded up to 64GB of standard or ECC 2400 MHz memory and 3TB of NVMe PCIe SSD storage via multiple M.2 HP Z Turbo Drives.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Announces SanDisk iXpand Base For iPhone & 400GB microSD Card

Western Digital has announced two new SanDisk memory products: the SanDisk iXpand Base for iPhone backup and charging, and the industry’s highest capacity microSD card for use in mobile devices, the 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I. Both of these products are available today.

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