Consumer Reviews
by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7820 Tower Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 7820 Tower (T7820) is a powerful workstation designed to handle data-intensive workloads, delivering dual-socket performance through Intel’s current gen Xeon processor Scalable Family (up to 28 cores per processor). Though it uses a fairly compact design, the T7820 is a fully customizable workstation that can be scaled as your needs grow. For example, the T7820 can be outfitted with a massive 384GB of 2666MHz memory and up to 24TB in storage capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 860 EVO SSD Review (1TB)

The Samsung 860 EVO 1TB is the mid-range capacity model of the company’s newest consumer SSD line, which was announced concurrently at CES 2018 with the Samsung 860 PRO. Like the previous generations of this immensely popular line, Samsung’s new 860 EVO SSDs are designed for general desktop use cases and those who won’t be going too far in queue depths.

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by Ed Hardy

ADATA Premier ONE SDXC UHS-II Card Review

ADATA’s latest SD cards designed for professional photographers promise a substantial speed increase, with read speeds up to three times faster than earlier versions thanks to UHS-II support. The new Premier ONE line was created with high-end cameras in mind, as it promises read/write speeds up to 290 MB/s, allowing photographers to capture Ultra HD 4K, 8K, or 3D video, or 360-degree images.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-453B NAS Review

The TS-453B is the 4-bay model of QNAP’s completely redesigned line of versatile consumer and home business NAS devices. Powered by an Intel quad-core processor, the QNAP TS-453B is a QTS-Linux combo NAS that is well-suited for virtualization, centralized storage, backup, sharing, and disaster recovery. We previously reviewed the 2-bay TS-253B model, and found it to have a good mix of performance and capacity for SOHO and smaller businesses. 

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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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