Consumer Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

ADATA Premier microSD XC/SDHC UHS-I Class 10 Card Review

ADATA’s new premier microSD XC/SDHC UHS-I Class 10 memory cards are designed around adding support to smartphones and tablets as well as storing data from cameras and video recorders (be it DSLR cameras, action cams, drones, or security cameras at the edge). The microSD card runs in capacities form 16GB to 128GB providing enough space for up to over 40K photos, over 32K songs, or 1,120 minutes of HD video. And with class 10 and V10, the card fully support full HD (1080p) video recording.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Z38c Curved Display Review

The new 37.5-inch HP Z38c Curved Display is HP’s widest curved monitor to date. It has an impressive 21:9 aspect ratio inside a very thin bezel, measuring just .25" at the edge. Designed for media enthusiasts and professionals looking for a high-end monitor with a ton of real estate, the HP Z38c features one HDMI port, one DisplayPort 1.2 and a response time of 5ms. The new curved monitor also has USB-C charging capabilities for notebooks that support USB-C charging, so professionals only have to plug in one cable to use their monitor and charge at the same time.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 860 EVO SSD Review

Along with the Samsung 860 PRO that was announced at CES 2018 for high-end users, the company has also released a new 860 EVO. The EVO line is aimed for more mainstream uses for notebooks and desktops. Making improvements on the 850 EVO, the 860 EVO has six times the sustained performance of the 850 and has quoted speeds of 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write, which is only a hair over the quoted speeds of the 850 EVO on read and the same on write.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell 34” Curved Monitor Review (P3418HW)

Dell has released another 34-inch curved monitor with the new P3418HW. As with the previous 34-inch monitors, the P3418HW all about increasing productivity by reducing eye movement, peripheral distractions, all the while improving viewing comfort and enabling better multitasking. The 34 inches provide roughly a 33% increase in view over a 27-inch, allowing more applications to be fully visible at a time.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel SSD 760p Review

Intel is expanding its 3D NAND SSDs and its NVMe footprint with today’s release of the Intel SSD 760p Series. This M.2 SSD leverages an NVMe interface and the benefits that one would expect from it: mainly a performance increase and lower power consumption. The M.2 form factor also makes it ideal for mobile platforms such as ultra-thin notebooks.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 860 PRO SSD Review

The Samsung 860 PRO is the company’s latest and greatest consumer SSD that’s ready to make an impact on the market. The Samsung SSDs have been the most popular and easily the best price/performance drives over the past several years, with the last model (Samsung 850 PRO) setting a new bar in performance and capacity in a consumer drive. Featuring the latest 512Gb and 256Gb 64-layer V-NAND, 8Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM and a new MJX controller, the Samsung 860 PRO is specced to deliver the same results. Samsung states that their new MJX controller allows for faster communication with the host system, has improved Linux compatibility, and can effectively handle workstation storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Plextor M9Pe(G) NVMe SSD Review (512GB)

Introduced at CES 2018, the new Plextor M9Pe Series of SSDs are aimed at end users looking for more performance in their drives. While the Series has three models aimed at three slightly different use cases, for this review we will be focused on the M9Pe(G). The M9Pe(G) is a M.2 NVMe SSD that is ideal for gamers and prosumers that need high performance in a smaller form factor.

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by Adam Armstrong

Crucial MX500 SSD Review (500GB)

A couple of weeks ago we received and review the 1TB version of Crucial’s new MX500 SSD. As we stated then, this new 2.5” drive is being marketed as a drop in replacement for HDDs or a low cost flash option for OEMs. The drive was released in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities and both 2.5” an M.2 form factors (though the M.2 tops out at 1TB).

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by Ed Hardy

Netstor NA611TB3 Portable NVMe Enclosure Review

The Netstor NA611TB3 is, as of the writing of this review, the first portable NVMe enclosure and it is also RAID-capable. It offers dual M.2 slots, so two PCIe NVMe flash storage modules can be installed with a potential max capacity of 4TB. Despite its small size, it includes active cooling and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. 

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 17 G4 Mobile Workstation Review

The ZBook 17 G4 is HP’s 17-inch model of company’s new line of mobile workstations, offering high performance, battery longevity, and improved visuals. Like ZBook 15 model (which we reviewed a few months ago), the 17 G4 is an impressive-looking mobile solution for professionals on the go and a significant step up from the previous generation. With the exception of the bigger screen size, all models from the new HP line can be equipped with more or less the same options, as the 17 G4 supports up to the 7th Generation Intel Xeon processor (E3-1535M v6, E3-1505M v6 models) for the ultimate mobile performance and offers an array of powerful professional graphics options from the NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro lines, while also offering less expensive integrated options. Users also have the option of equipping their HP ZBook 17 G4 with up to 64GB of standard or ECC 2400 MHz memory and 4TB of NVMe PCIe SSD storage using multiple M.2 HP Z Turbo Drives. 

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