Samsung Continues To Exert Pressure Samsung has boldly inserted themselves into the forefront of the consumer SSD market with apparent ease thanks to some innovation and a few outstanding drives. Just a few years ago, no one would have even mentioned their name in the same sentence with ‘SSD’ but now they are very much …more
An Affordable Portable USB 3.0 Drive For Back To School HGST, formerly Hitachi GST and now a Western Digital company, isn’t a brand that we often look at here on Legit Reviews, so we jumped at the opportunity to take a look at the Touro Mobile Pro 500GB USB 3.0 external storage solution. Inside this …more
Not too long ago, Plextor stepped out of their comfort zone and added SSD storage to their list of products. Now they’re one of the few manufacturers to delve into the mSATA SSD space which should help them get a good foothold into this market space. Of course, performance and price will have a significant influence on sales so have a look at our review of their M5M series of drives to see if they have what it takes.
Most find the speed of a single SSD to be plenty for their needs but there are some whose expectations go a little higher. For those, a pair of Corsair Neutron GTX drives in a RAID 0 array is probably more what they have in mind. We throw a couple on our test bench to see just how fast we can push them. Have a look at the article to see the results!
Turn your 2.5″ SATA and SSD hard drive into a standard 3.5″ SATA drive in minutes with the ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B. With universal mounting holes, the ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B will fit into most common PC cases, 3.5″ HDD duplicator, 3.5″ SATA HDD enclosure, mobile rack, and backplane modules, without the need for any attachments for the 2.5″ drives. Read on to find out if a converter like this is right for you.
Most everyone has has owned a computer in the past few decades stands a good chance of having used a Seagate drive in their system. They’ve been a giant in the hard drive storage arena and are now turning their sights on the SSD side of things. Their 600 series is rolling out with the Link_A_Media Devices LM87800 under the hood which we’ve already seen put out some solid numbers. See how it fares on our test bench.
SanDisk follows up on it’s high performance SSD Extreme series with its launch of the Extreme II drives that take advantage of the newest Marvell 88SS9187 controller. They kick performance up overall to compete with some of the hottest drives on the market. Have a look at the article to see if it flies or flops on our test bench.
There’s a lot of hard drive docks available but few have wireless capabilities like the Ventec NexStar dock. This means expansive storage for virtually any device capable of wi-fi access. Even better, Vantec has apps for both the iOS and Android platforms making expanding storage for smart phones and tablets a snap. Have a look to see what our overall impressions were.
Finally, OCZ has ditched the faux (Marvell controller & OCZ firmware) Indilinx controlled Vertex 4 and replaced it with the splendid Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller we first had a look at in the impressive Vector series drive. They’ve paired it with 20nm flash hardware and a smaller form factor for what we’d consider a major product improvement. It’s known as the Vertex 450 and it may just be your next SSD.
WD today released the My Passport Ultra line of portable hard drives aimed at consumers that want the safest and easiest way to protect their digital content while traveling. We have the 1 TB WD My Passport Ultra portable hard drive with WD SmartWare Pro backup software with Dropbox integration and put it to the test.
A 4TB hard drive offers a ton of storage space and is rather affordable ($180-$300) despite the fact that only HGST, Seagate and Western Digital (WD) make 4TB drives. We managed to get our hands on 4TB drives from WD and Seagate and will be comparing them against each other to see which has the best bang for the buck. The WD Black and Seagate Desktop HDD.15 are both 4TB drives with 64MB of cache, but we are going to put them to the test to see which one is right for you.
If you’ve been waiting for the time when a near 1TB SSD has a reasonable cost per GB price tag, Crucial may have something for you. Their new M500 series has drives available from 120GB to 960GB and feature the latest iteration of the Marvell controller and some updated architecture to match. Have a read to see how well it compares to the latest drives from other makers.
We’ve had a look at a few different mSATA drives lately and coincidentally, all have been SandForce SF-2281 based. Now we have a turn at Transcends latest line of mSATA drives which also feature the SF-2281 controller. This sets up a nice comparison for us to perform our evaluation so have a look at what we found in our latest storage review.
The Vertex line from OCZ has a long tradition of strong performance and helped to vault OCZ to one of the leaders in the SSD arena. So it’s no surprise that they’ve soldiered on with the Vertex line by updating the third generation equipped with the SF-2281 controller to work in tandem with 20nm NAND. Thus, the Vertex 3.20 is born and we then try to beat it to death on our test bench.