Consumer Reviews
by Lyle Smith

Seagate BarraCuda 510 NVMe SSD Review

The Seagate BarraCuda 510 is a consumer drive for users looking to leverage the NVMe interface inside their ultra-thin laptops, workstations, and desktop PCs, though it’s also available in a 2.5 SATA model. First revealed during CES 2019 in January, the BarraCuda 510 features 3D cTLC NAND and capacities up to 512GB. The new Seagate drive also comes bundled with SeaTools SSD, which is the company’s free software that tests and analyzes their drives for health monitoring.

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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 Lyle Smith

HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 Workstation Review

The HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 workstation is a versatile hybrid notebook that is ideal for those working in fields like 3D developing, architecture, and design. All you have to do is glance at the spec sheet to know it is well-suited for resource-intensive workloads, as it can be decked out with options such as a range of next-generation six-core Intel Core i9 or Xeon processors, an ample  amount of RAM, and NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics. The new ZBook’s build also makes it easy to use in collaborative environments: the aptly named x360 features a 360-degree hinge for some pretty seamless maneuverability.

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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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