Consumer Reviews
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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by Marshall Gunnell

1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC Card Review

Announced in February of this year, the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UGH-I microSDXC card is one of the world’s first 1TB microSD cards, and is quoted to be the fastest. This card is designed to address a number of issues, such as capturing and storing large files while out in the field, successfully removing the need to carry and swap multiple cards due to small capacity limitations.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Optane Memory H10 Review

Announced at CES this year, Intel Optane Memory H10 is the marriage of two technologies that brings Optane performance in a higher capacity SSD, without the higher associated costs. Intel Optane flash and Intel QLC 3D NAND are combined on a single M.2 2280 form factor in a hybrid storage configuration. Optane brings the performance for end user workloads, while QLC brings affordable capacity. 

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by Lyle Smith

PNY Elite-X USB 3.1 Gen 1 Review

The PNY Elite-X USB 3.1 Gen 1 is the company’s newest portable flash line that is available in a wide range of capacities. As its name indicates, it uses a USB 3.1 interface, supports both Windows and OSX and is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Review (1TB, 2TB)

Seagate has released another update to their Backup Plus Slim portable hard drives. We first reviewed the Slim way back in 2014 and found it to be an excellent portable solution with great management software and a very affordable price. Seagate unfortunately did not include any new capacity models this time around, which is a bit disappointing, as we haven't seen an increase since it was first released. Nonetheless, the new Backup Plus Slim is built with a new modern design, supports the both USB 3.0/2.0 connections and works right out of the box with Windows and Mac systems. 

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by Marshall Gunnell

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB Drive Review

Seagate recently launched its latest edition to its portable drive family, the Backup Plus Portable. Offered in a 4 and 5TB capacity, this drive is an ideal solution for those looking to backup large digital media libraries. It features USB 3.0 (also compatible with USB 2.0) connectivity and can be used with both Mac and Windows. Additionally, the drive provides automatic file synchronization, allowing you to effortlessly backup your files.

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by Marshall Gunnell

PNY 1TB PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

PNY’s 1TB PRO Elite USB 3.0, which was announced in mid-March, is a large capacity, high-performance USB flash drive. The PRO Elite USB 3.0 is an optimal solution for transferring, sharing, and storing large files, all the while sporting a nice design. Not only is it designed to be aesthetically pleasing – it was designed to be functional. The PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 utilizes the cap-less, metal sliding collar design. This successfully removes the chances of losing that annoying cap while still providing protection for the USB head.

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by Marshall Gunnell

WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD Review

The WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD, announced mid-March, is the first SSD in the WD Blue family that utilizes NVMe technology, whereas the previous WD Blue models used SATA technology. The WD Blue SN500 is an M.2 form factor, consumer-focused, entry point NVMe SSD, ideal for those looking to gain a performance boost by upgrading from their HDD or older SATA SSD. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung microSDXC EVO Plus Memory Card Review (512GB)

Last month, Samsung released its largest capacity EVO Plus microSD card at 512GB capacity, twice the previous max capacity. Aside from having a massive capacity for a microSD card, the card has quoted speeds of 100MB/s read and 90MB/s write and uses Samsung’s 4-proof protection to withstand 72 hours in seawater, extreme temperatures, airport X-ray machines and magnetic fields.

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by Adam Armstrong

iStorage diskAshur2 SSD Review

The iStorage diskAshur2 is a portable SSD for those that need the highest security and performance. The drive uses a PIN authentication pad to unlock for use; users can select a 7-15 digit PIN. The drive also leverages real-time AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption for an extra layer of security. The drive comes in capacities as high as 4TB and multiple colors to fit a particular user's needs and style. 

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