Consumer Reviews
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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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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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Tower Workstation Review

The Lenovo ThinkStation P920 is a tower workstation with the potential for tons of power. The workstation can be equipped with dual Intel Xeon processors for up to 28 cores. Along with that, at the top end it can be fitted with up to 2TB of DDR4, 2666MHz of RAM, and up to three NVIDIA Quadro P6000’s, an exclusive to this workstation. Lenovo offers off the shelf and build your own models.

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by Marshall Gunnell

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 Review

The Quadro RTX 4000, announced in November of last year, is part of NVIDIA’s professional GPU family. The RTX 4000 is specifically designed for the CAD software professional, providing intense realism and immersive interaction with their designs. Consequently, this allows them to run advanced simulations and analyses on their local workstation.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Review

Back in August at SIGGRAPH, NVIDIA announced an all new graphics architecture, Turing, as well as new Quadro RTX GPUs. Of the several new GPUs announced then, today we will be looking specifically at the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU. Billed as the first ray-tracing GPUs that also uses deep learning and advanced shading. The RTX 5000 is designed for next-generation workloads with the potential of rendering photorealistic scenes in real-time, a boon to video editors as well as automotive and architectural designers. 

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