Consumer Reviews
by Lyle Smith

Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB NAS HDD Review

Data requirements continue to explode and there's no sign of it slowing down, and as such, companies that need always on, always accessible 24×7 performance continue to look for cost-effective and scalable solutions in hard disk drives, particularly smaller businesses. Seagate looks to address these issues with the most recent model of their SMB/SME enterprise line of HDDs, the IronWolf Pro 14TB, designed as a scalable solution for any NAS environment. This massive capacity gives organizations a viable option to better manage their storage server budgets. We've also reviewed the IronWolf 14TB non-Pro version.

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by Lyle Smith

HyperX Gaming MicroSD Card Review

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology known for their affordable products (memory, headsets, and storage devices), have unleashed microSD cards catered directly to gaming use cases. The new line of  HyperX microSD cards are available in capacities 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and meet the UHS-I, CL10, Speed Class (U3), A1 performance requirements.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Fast SSD Review

The boldly-named Seagate Fast is company's latest portable SSD to hit the market. It features a unique design, the latest USB-C connectivity, and much faster transfer rates over tradition external hard disk drives as per the norm with SSD technology. The Fast allows users to sync their files via the bundled backup and folder mirroring software, which automatically monitors target folders for any new files, deletions or modifications so files will always be latest version. The Fast comes with a fully-reversible USB-C cable, eliminating the often-frustrating attempts to connect your USB device to your computer. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Portable SSD X5 Review

Samsung introduced what it is calling the first NVMe based portable SSD, the Samsung Portable SSD X5. Leveraging both NVMe and Thunderbolt 3 technology, the X5 is all about max performance. Samsung quotes speeds as high as 2.8GB/s read and 2.3GB/s write (2.1GB/s for the 500GB model). All this quoted performance is housed in a small, portable footprint and runs in capacities as high as 2TB.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba XG6 SSD Review

The Toshiba XG6 is the market’s first SSD built on 96-layer 3D TLC BiCS FLASH memory, joining the company`s impressive mid-range client portfolio as their newest mainstream NVMe drive.  Announced back in July, the XG6 replaces the highly-impressive XG5, a drive we really liked that would work well inside client PCs, high-performance mobile devices, gaming segments and embedded applications. Though the XG6 is certainly built for these use cases as well, it is also ideal for data center environments as boot drives in servers, caching and logging, in-situ processing and commodity storage.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 5530 Review

The Precision 5530 is the successor to Dell's sleek, stylish and powerful Precision 5520 mobile workstation, claiming an even lighter and thinner design. The new Dell workstation has also been upgraded with impressive component options, including support for both Intel Core and the Xeon 6-core processors, the latter which will certainly add a ton of potential in the performance category. The 5530 also offers Thunderbolt type-C and HDMI 2.0 connectivity, Quadro professional graphics, and memory and storage options, making it a viable mobile workstation for a range of different applications. If you have the budget, the Precision 5530 can be outfitted to compete against most mid-to-high-end workstations on the market.

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by Michael Rink

HP Z2 Tower G4 Workstation Review

The HP Z2 Tower G4 workstation is the next generation up from the Z240. HP is targeting the Z2 at entry and mid-range creators needs in AEC/Product Dev (e.g., CAD), Higher Education (e.g., Engineering labs), as well as Media and Entertainment (e.g., Maya). It is 13% smaller but with options for graphics packages providing 60% more power than the Z240.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung USB 3.1 BAR Plus Review (256GB)

Samsung has updated its BAR USB drive with a modern design, more color options and much more capacity. The drive is now for USB 3.1 and comes with more performance, including up to 300MB/s in read speeds. The drive comes in a range of capacities with the top going up to 256GB, the previous BAR we tested topped out at 64GB. 

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Mid-Range Monitor Review: P2219H, P2319H, P2419H and P2719H

Dell has recently updated their mid-range lineup of monitors: P2219H (21.5-inch), P2319H (23.0-inch), P2419H (23.8-inch) and P2719H (27.0-inch). We will be looking at these new Dell  displays in one sweeping review as there's virtually no difference between each model from this updated line, except for the display size, which is indicated in the first two numbers of their product name.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD 660p Series Review

Released today, the Intel SSD 660p Series is the company's first client SSD to ship with 64-layer QLC (quad-level cell) 3D NAND. What this means to the end user is a less expensive SSD that has a reasonable performance profile. As will be true for most QLC SSD launches, the conversation is going to be about finally having an SSD that can replace HDDs both in terms of price and capacity. The 660p for its part is positioned as an NVMe SSD in a single-sided m.2 form factor that will accelerate the demise of HDDs and value-based SATA SSDs in client computing. The 660p is part of the larger Intel portfolio play that include faster drives based on TLC and Optane that hit mainstream and performance use cases.

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