We’ve been fans of WD’s My Passport portable hard drives for years. These drives are a great companion for your Ultrabook where hard drive space is limited and are extremely reliable as well. WD’s latest iteration of the drive is the My Passport Ultra, which is a USB 3.0 portable hard drive. They were nice enough to send us over their Metal Edition, which has a very sexy Aluminum design. Not only is this going to look great, but it will add extra protection to the drive as well. The drive features a very fast USB 3.0 connection so your transfers will take no time at all. The drive comes with the WD SmartWare Pro backup software so you can setup and schedule local as well as cloud backups with no problem at all. Let’s take a look at the My Passport Ultra Metal Edition and see what it can do!
Data redundancy is a thing that not many people think about. I myself lost about a year of photos because I had them stored on a drive that died and did not have a backup. One of the easiest ways to have data redundancy is to setup a RAID 1 array. Vantec wants to makes this easy with their new NexStar MX Dual 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure (NST-225MX-S3). This small enclosure supports two 2.5-inch hard drives that you can put in Individual/JBOD/RAID0/RAID1 modes. So if you are not going for data redundancy, but rather speed you can set them up in a RAID 0 array. Since this enclosure supports 2.5-inch drives that means you can use solid state drives! The enclosure uses USB 3.0 so your transfer speeds will be very fast too! Let’s take a look and see what it can do!
Over the past few years USB speeds have really increased! We were stuck on USB 2.0 for quite a long time maxing out at 480 mbps. Not that long ago we were introduced to USB 3.0 which was a significant upgrade up to 5 gbps, which is 10 times the speed of USB 2.0. Just this year we have another upgrade to USB 3.1 which doubles the speed up to 10 gbps. With USB 3.1 with have a whole slew of new devices and of course some of those include flash drives. These make transferring and carry data with you extremely easy. Today we are taking a look at Kingston’s HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 flash drive. This drive features read and write speeds of 350MB/s and 250MB/s respectively, a pretty cool design and a 5-year warranty.
Zotac is a company we mainly know for their high performance graphics cards and line of ZBOX Mini PC’s. Recently they announced they were getting into the solid state drive market with their Premium Edition solid state drive line. Entering the solid state drive market for Zotac makes more sense than most companies. The solid state drive market can be very profitable, plus it gives them an option for storage with their ZBOX line of mini PCs. Zotac’s Premium solid state drives are powered by the quad-core Phison S10 controller and matched with MLC NAND. Zotac will be initially offering this drive in 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB versions. Today we have the 240 GB version (ZTSSD-A5P-240G-PE) on the review block. Let’s see if Zotac has a winner in their Premium Edition solid state drives!
Over the past year ADATA has released a number of different solid state drives aimed at different market segments. Not that long ago we took a look at ADATA’s XPG SX930 which was aimed at gamers and enthusiasts. Today we will be taking a look at the Premier SP550 which sits as ADATA’s entry-level solid state drive aimed at people who are looking to upgrade to an SSD and still want very good performance. The drive features the Silicon Motion SM2256 controller matched with SK Hynix TLC NAND. This is the first time we’ve seen this combination together. The 240GB version of the drive that we are reviewing today boasts sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 510 MB/s respectively. Let’s get this drive on our test bench and see what it can do!
USB 3.1 is slowly becoming a new standard. We first saw it on Apple’s new Macbook, but now we have it on all new Z170 motherboards. Recently we reviewed our first PC case that has a USB 3.1 port on the front panel as well. USB 3.1 is here to stay and with it we are going to see a lot of new USB 3.1 devices. One type of USB 3.1 device you will see a lot will be the hard drive enclosure. Vantec’s NexStar line of hard drive enclosures have been around as long as we can remember and they are updating it with USB 3.1. Today we will be checking out the Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure (NST-270A31-BK). Let’s see what it can do!
ADATA offers a wide variety of solid state drives from consumer drives to enterprise and server drives. ADATA’s last XPG drive was introduced in 2012, so the line was definitely in need of a refresh. The XPG line is targeted towards gamers and enthusiasts. The new XPG SX930 features the newer JMicron JMF670H controller matched with synchronous MLC NAND. The 240GB version that we are reviewing today features sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 460 MB/s respectively. ADATA is backing this drive with a 5-year warranty and has changed the design a little to attract more gamers. Let’s take a look at this drive and see what it is all about!
The solid state drive market is a extremely competitive right now. We’ve seen many low-cost drives that have great performance and features. OCZ has recently launched their Trion 100 series of solid state drives ranging from 120 GB – 980 GB capacities. This drive is the first from OCZ that uses all of 100% Toshiba IP. Other OCZ drives since Toshiba’s acquisition have made us of Toshiba NAND, but the Trion 100 also uses Toshiba’s new controller. You could call this a Toshiba drive that is branded OCZ as Toshiba really does not sell consumer-based drives. The 480 GB version of the Trion 100 that we are reviewing today has sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. Since this is an OCZ drive you also get a 3-year ShieldPlus warranty. Let’s check out this drive and see what it can do!
Since USB flash drivers were released they have become invaluable for transferring data from computer to computer. From simple photos to important documents USB flash drives make it easy for anyone to move their data. One thing that is often overlooked when it comes to these devices is security. Well Kingston has a great solution to that problem with their DataTraveler Locker+ G3. This USB 3.0 flash drive features hardware encryption and password protection to keep all of your data on your drive safe and secure. Let’s take a look and see what this drive is all about!
This puts the 256GB version of ADATA’s Premier SP610 that we are reviewing today at $84.99 at our favorite online retailer. At this price it makes this SSD a perfect low-cost choice for an OS or game drive. ADATA is making use of the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller that we saw on the Mushkin Reactor and the Crucial BX100. The 256GB version of the drive boasts sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 290 MB/s respectively. Let’s get this drive on the test bench and see what it can do!
Feb 01, 2016 0