Consumer Reviews
by Alex Schuchter

Seagate BarraCuda Fast SSD Review

The next generation of the boldly named Seagate Fast SSD is here. Now the Seagate BarraCuda Fast SSD, this little square drive has similar features to its predecessor and a nearly identical design but, with an updated color scheme. Features sported by this drive include future-proof and fully reversible USB-C connectivity, special file-syncing software, and fast file transfer speeds which is to be expected with SSD technology.  With the special file-syncing software this drive makes it easy to keep files updated. The software syncs important folders and projects with the included backup and folder mirroring software and it automatically monitors target folders for file additions, deletions, or changes. Also, with the reversible USB-C cable it means there’s no right or wrong way to plug in. The days of plugging your USB in incorrectly are gone and the first try will always be the right way. Out of the box this drive works with both Windows and Mac which is a convenient feature. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT Review

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 IoT is an incredibly small form factor workstation purpose-built for IoT workloads. Though tiny, the M90n-1 packs in 4GB of DDR4 RAM, up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i3, up to two M.2 SSDs or up to 512GB of storage, and lots of connectivity. Aside from wired network connectivity the M90n IoT supports WiFi, Bluetooth, LPWAN, and 4G/LTE WWAN wireless connections to make sure that it can stay connected even in places where running network cables can be challenging. 

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo ThinkVision P44w-10 Monitor Review

The Lenovo ThinkVision P44w-10 is a massive, brilliant monitor that is designed to increase productivity of professionals that require a lot of screen real estate to do their day-to-day work. At 43.4 inches in size, this curved monitor can certainly help increase productivity in use cases like animation, diagnostic analysis, and general multitasking. It also features a range of advanced connectivity and an optional Harman Kardon certified speaker for a decent multimedia experience.

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by Adam Armstrong

Plugable TBT3-UDV Dock Review

The Plugable TBT3-UDV Thunderbolt 3 docking station, like most of the new Thunderbolt 3 docks hitting the market, takes a new ultra-thin notebook and gives users all of the connectivity they need along with an Ethernet port for faster connection. The new dock can deliver up to 60W of power to a laptop as well, eliminating the need to have a power cord on the desk. 

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by Lyle Smith

Western Digital SSD Dashboard Review

Western Digital SSD Dashboard is used to manage the company’s drives (which includes SanDisk products), featuring useful disk information, ways to optimize and sanitize/clean your SSD, and easy point-and-click firmware updates.  At first glance, we noticed that the interface has a much more modern look than most other SSD drive management tools we’ve looked at. It sports a nice blue background with an intelligent panel-layout design along the bottom. Navigating through sections is easy, responsive and intuitive.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD Toolbox Review

Intel consistently releases firmware updates to their SSDs to correct issues that may arise with operation, and perhaps more importantly for consumers, to occasionally deliver even greater performance and reliability to their SSDs. Intel has an advantage in the space by engineering some of their components in-house such as their NAND and controllers, and when you couple this with their vast industry knowledge, experience and IP, Intel is in a highly advantageous spot for producing SSDs. Almost all of those SSDs can be upgraded and managed with a single application called the Intel SSD Toolbox.
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by Adam Armstrong

ioSafe Duo Review

There are times when data protection needs go beyond things like RAID or encryption and into the realm of physical protection. Sometimes data needs to be stored in locations that are subject to physical harm as well as the usual culprits in data protection. ioSafe is a company that has always been able to answer the call of unforeseen protection and are doing it again with their new ioSafe Duo. The Duo is a dual-bay direct attached storage (DAS) device that can reliably store up to 16TB of data with RAID1 protection as well as protect it in the case of fire or flood. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel SSD 665p Review (1TB)

Announced back in November, the 665p is Intel’s latest QLC SSD. Like its predecessor the Intel 660p, the 665p leverages QLC (quad-level cell) 3D NAND to lower the price of the SSD while only taking a moderate performance hit. The 665p is built off of Intel’s 96-layer NAND, the first QLC drive to hit the market in 96-layers. Like the 660p, the 665p is an M.2 SSD that leverages the NVMe interface and comes in 1TB and 2TB capacities. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Magician 6 Review

Several years back (and an update just over four years ago) we went through Samsung’s data migration software and Magician, and gave an in-depth overview of how to use it and its features. Over the years Samsung has made several upgrades and changes to Magician and we will go over them here. We’re going to start off with a brief overview and the software’s basic functions before jumping into the new functionality in Samsung Magician 6.  

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by Alex Schuchter

Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch Review

Earlier this month Samsung introduced a next-generation external storage solution, the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch. This drive is faster, more compact, and features convenient data protection all wrapped inside a sleek and slim aluminum palm-sized case roughly the size of a credit card. The T7 Touch delivers read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000MB/s, which is more than 1.9 times faster than current SATA-based portable SSDs and more than 9.5 times faster than external HDDs. Additionally, the T7 offers password protection based on AES 256-bit hardware encryption and fingerprint recognition as means of convenient but powerful security.

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