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ADATA SP550 M.2 240GB SSD

ADATA has evolved from its humble beginnings in 2001 with the philosophy of providing top notch memory solutions that enhance and enrich our digital lives. Leveraging their highly skilled engineers and state of the art manufacturing and combining them with amazing customer service results in the complete solution when it …

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OCZ VX500 SSD (1TB)

INTRODUCTION Designed with mainstream desktop and laptop devices in mind, the OCZ VX500 SSD utilizes Toshiba’s MLC NAND to usher in a replacement for the Vector 180. The VX500 falls in between the budget-oriented Trion 150 drives, and the blazing-fast RD400 NVMe offering. Offering 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB sizes, …

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Meet the Data Guardians: the Seagate 10TB Skyhawk and the Barracuda Pro

Introduction Seagate has recently announced their Guardian Series of hard drives that delivers storage capacity up to 10TB, that is 10,000 GB! It is crazy to even think about what to do with that much storage space. We believe that fora typical household, if you consolidate all of the gadgets …

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VisionTek 240GB TLC 7mm SATA III Internal 2.5″ SSD RAID 0 Review (900878)

VisionTek 240GB TLC 7mm SATA III Internal 2.5″ SSD RAID 0 The VisionTek 240GB TLC 7mm SATA III SSD features a Silicon Motion SM2256 controller specifically built for TLC Nand flash. The SSD industry has been talking about Triple-Level Cell for several years but the lack of a strong enough controller that …

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Crucial MX300 525GB and 1TB

Introduction Samsung shipped the world’s first 3D NAND SSD in 2013 and has enjoyed great success with drives such as the 850 Pro, 950 Pro, and 850 Evo that all come packed with 3D V-NAND and deliver exceptional performance. It’s amazing how Samsung has been able to dominate the market …

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Crucial MX300 SSD (750GB)

INTRODUCTION Crucial is back with a new revision of their MX series of SSDs, and this time around the MX300 750GB features Micron’s latest 3D NAND, promising improved performance and greater endurance. While the 750GB model of the MX300 line is touted as being “Limited Edition”, this was just for …

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OCZ RD400 (512GB) PCIe MVM2 M.2 SSD

Introduction Back when the SATA based SSD was in its infancy, OCZ’s RevoDrive was one of the drives that plugs into a PC’s PCI Express slot, as it is designed to offer higher performance for those who demand the best performance. The original RevoDrive from OCZ was no more than a …

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Samsung Portable SSD T3 (1TB)

Introduction The Samsung Portable SSD T1 released last year at CES is essentially the 850 EVO drive housed inside an external enclosure with a USB 3.0 port. The T1 delivers 1TB of external storage at very high transfer speeds thanks to the solid state storage, as opposed to the spinning …

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OCZ Trion 150 (480GB)

OCZ Trion 150 Still thinking that SSDs are too expensive? While the price of the SSDs will probably never reach to the level of the mechanical drive, the price has been dropping steadily over the last couple of years. Thanks to the migration to triple-level-cell (TLC NAND) NAND and 3D NAND …

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Kingston Mobilelite Wireless G3 (MLWG3)& MobileLite Wireless Pro 64GB(MLWG3/64)

Kingston Mobilelite Wireless G3 & MobileLite Wireless Pro 64GB In the 60’s we wanted to tune out, turn on, weird out and push back from society and find our own ways, those days are long past. The world we live in today is turned on tuned in online 24/7/365 and …

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Western Digital Red 6TB

Introduction Western Digital is a company with deep roots in the storage industry, with products that span virtually every customer and business need. Western Digital is also considered one of the most trustworthy brands that users look to when purchasing a new drive or drives, thanks to their reputation and …

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Samsung Portable SSD T3 – good things still come in small packages

In september 2015 we reviewed the Samsung Portable SSD T1, an external drive that offered incredible speeds when compared to most other external drives, something it owned to the fact that it was based on an SSD instead of an regular spinning drive. Today we are looking at the follow-up drive, the …

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Kingston 32GB UHS-I U3 microSDHC Review

Kingston 32GB UHS-I U3 microSDHC Review As media playback formats increase the need for faster MicroSD cards has increased. With 2K/4K video playback and burst mode (Continuous still images on on DSLR cameras) older MicroSD cards just can’t keep up with todays needs. Face it most people going into your local …

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QNAP TS-451+

Introduction It is clear what QNAP is aiming for with the TS-451+ from the moment you open up the device, as the unit comes with a multimedia remote as the standard accessory. QNAP actually has had the multimedia remote that users can purchase separately as an add-on accessory that works …

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Western Digital Blue 1TB 2.5″ SSHD (WD10J31X), SSD in a HD or HD in a SSD?

Western Digital Blue 1TB SSHD With the myriad of hard drives appearing in the last couple of years it can get pretty confusing on what to pick for what applications or machine you use. If your going for blazing speed at a cost just doesn’t matter then a NVME M.2 …

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Kingston HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Gen 1 128GB, HyperX Fast USB Thumb Drive

Kingston HyperX Savage USB 3.1 Gen 1 128GB Drive Thumb drives are growing in capacity and speed as SSDs drop in price and increase in capacity. Today’s portable storage looks much different than just a few years ago. My first USB drive review was a Panda USB 1.0 drive with …

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Western Digital Blue 4TB SSHD (WD40E31X) Platter & SSD Ride The Range Together

Western Digital Blue 4TB SSHD Combining a 8GB Solid State Drive with a 4TB platter drive, the Western Digital 4TB SSHD is a hybrid drive designed to give tons of storage space and that little extra go power of an 8TB SSD. The drives electronics decide what programs and files …

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Crucial BX200 960GB

Introduction It should not come as a surprise that all of the SSDs launched this year uses 3D NAND or TLC as oppose to MLC. The move to the 3D NAND and TLC NAND allows the manufacturers to reduce cost but at the same time increase the storage capacity of …

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Crucial BX200 SSD (480GB)

INTRODUCTION Crucial is no rookie when it comes to the memory and SSD game, so an introduction to the company as a whole is mostly unnecessary. The introduction that does need to take place however, is the introduction of Micron’s first 16nm TLC SSDs, the BX200 line. Aimed at users …

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ASUSTOR AS1002T NAS

Introduction Not too long ago ASUS decided to get into Network Attached Storage (NAS) by launching its ASUSTOR brand.  Now the NAS market is relatively well established with its group of brands, so we were a bit surprised when the ASUSTOR entered the race in 2011. This market has become …

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Seagate 8TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5″ HDD v5 (ST8000NM0055)

Seagate 8TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5″ HDD v5 (ST8000NM0055) We all need storage on our computers and we’ve seen 4 and 5 drive setups with cables running willy nilly through machines until it looks like a mass of electrical spaghetti bulging the motherboard side of the computer case out. Most of …

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Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB ST4000DX001 Consumer Hybrid HD Review

Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB ST4000DX001 Consumer Hybrid HD Review A SSHD is the marriage of a platter hard drive and a SSD Controller linked to the same Nand flash used in a Solid State Drive. The drive electronics are a little more sophisticated than a regular platter drive deciding what …

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OCZ Trion 100 (480GB)

INTRODUCTION Traditionally, OCZ has offered two lines of SSDs: the Vector for the high-end and enthusiasts users, and the ARC for the mainstream and budget market. As you may recall, OCZ was purchased by Toshiba back in 2014 and today, the release of the Trion 100 marks the first new …

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ASUSTOR AS6202T NAS

INTRODUCTION Breaking into the network attached storage (NAS) industry is no easy task these days, as competition for users’ data storage is fierce. Thankfully for ASUSTOR, they entered the industry in 2011. With the NAS industry growing by leaps and bounds, the products that a company must offer to potential …

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Mushkin Atlas Vital 250GB M.2 SSD (MKNSSDAV250GB-D8)

Mushkin Atlas Vital 250GB M.2 2280 SSD The ever-growing need for hard drive speed is being met in a variety of ways, while E-Sata is taking the rear of the pack on development and Sata 6G has reached its bandwidth limit HD pioneers like Mushkin are pressing on to the …

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Mushkin Striker 480GB SSD Review, Mush On! (MKNSSDST480GB)

Mushkin Striker 480GB SSD, Mush On! Mushkin has been around since 1994 and become an industry leader and recognized for its high quality performance products and their design philosophy of continual innovation and delivering product “Wow” through quality products and unparalleled customer service. In their continual drive to innovate Mushkin …

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Thecus W2000+ NAS

INTRODUCTION Outside of typical PC components like CPUs, motherboards, and video cards, it seems like the fastest growing segment of PC-related consumer electronics is the network attached storage (NAS) field. NAS units are often found performing the duty of their namesake; storing files that are accessible via either a LAN …

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Samsung Portable SSD T1 – good things come in small packages

Even though many of us are using more and more cloud storage for things like images and music there still is a need for local storage on our desktops and laptops. On a desktop it usually is quite easy to just pop in another SSD or regular hard drive but …

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Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB SSD Review, The Savage VS The Laptop Platter Drive.

HyperX Savage 480GB SSD Review, The Savage Vs The Laptop Platter Drive. We’ve taken a look at the HyperX Savage 240GB and now we have its big brother, the Savage 480GB SSD on the bench. Outfitted with the same quad-core, 8-channel Phison S10 controller as the 240GB drive, it provides speeds …

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QNAP TVS-471-4G (TVS-x71): High Performance NAS with Intel Processor

Introduction QNAP TVS-x71 is designed specifically for the small and medium business.  Available in 4 bay (TVS-471), 6 bay (TVS-671), or 8 bay (TVS-881) model, they come with high performance Intel processor, minimum 4GB of RAM, two USB 2.0 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, and four Gigabit …

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VisionTek SSD RAID 0 Review (900512)

Amazon VisionTek Go Drive SSD RAID 0 Review We’ve been waiting the better part of a decade for SSD prices to drop and they have dropped somewhat. Often you find yourself a little cash strapped and can’t afford one of those infernally expensive PCI-E drives where you sign a contract …

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QNAP TVS-x63 (TVS-463-8GB): AMD Powered NAS

Introduction Generally speaking two bay or four bay NAS devices are dominated by ARM SoC while higher capacity unit for SOHO or enterprise devices are using x86 Intel Atom or Core processor. Atom was originally designed for Netbooks with its low power usage. However, the first Atom processor is just not …

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Seagate Wireless 500GB (SDTC500401)

Seagate Wireless 500 GB Drive The last few years have seen an emergence of a fairly new creature on the computer scene. Wireless Wi-Fi and even Wireless bluetooth drives started popping up providing personal storage shared by any number of devices in the owners home. Now we are seeing Wireless …

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VisionTek 240GB Go Drive Review, Tough On The Go

VisionTek 240 GB Go Drive (900512) Driven by a LSI SandForce SF2200 controller and designed for the Sata 3 6Gb/s interface the VIsionTek GO Drive can reach speeds of 550 MB/s Read and 520MB/s write. Solid State Hard Drives have become the go to hardware solution to speed up computers …

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OCZ Vector 180 (480GB)

OCZ VECTOR 180 The Vector 180 is the successor to the Vector 150 that OCZ released in 2013. The Vector line of SSDs is designed for the enthusiasts as it often carries higher endurance rating and warranty. The original Vector 150 paired OCZ’s own in-house Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 controller with Toshiba …

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Crucial BX100 256GB

Crucial BX100 Crucial MX100 was one of the best affordable SSDs on the market last year. This year, Crucial updated the line-up with not one but two drives: the BX100 and the MX200. While the MX200 is the successor to the MX100 and aimed for mainstream market, the BX100 is designed …

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Kingston 32GB DataTraveler Mini 3.0(DTM30/32GB)

The Kingston 32GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Mini is a no frills, NAND flash based USB 3.0 thumb drive. Along with the no frills approach comes a no frills price, currently running $13.99. When you think about it, that’s a lot of storage for a pretty small price and comes out …

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VisionTek Road Warrior Roundup, 60 GB Go Drive, Wallet Drive and DriveXpander

The world has become a mobile place. Mobility along with data communications and data transfer are part of our everyday lives. The cloud is okay, but data security can still be an issue. Thumb drives are alright, but limited in application and grow mega-expensive as their size grows. What do you do …

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Silicon Power Armor A60: Rugged, Portable, and Affordable

The Silicon Power A60 2TB: Rugged, Portable, and Affordable The Silicon Power Armor A60 is the company’s rugged portable hard drive that is designed for those who need to carry data on the go. Available in storage capacities of 500GB, 1TB and 2TB, it allows you to bring 300+ DVD …

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Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review, Raw Savage Speed (SHSS3B7A/240G)

The HyperX Savage 240GB SSD is powered by a quad-core, 8-channel Phison S10 controller providing speeds up to 560MB/s Read and 530MB/s Write. The IOPs on this Savage Monster are 100K/89K read / write and it represents Kingstons fastest Sata drive to date. Sata 6G tops out at 600MB/s per controller but …

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