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  1. As such, the IronWolf 125 Pro may be overkill for your needs and the noticeably lower asking price of the standard model may make it a better overall value. Of course, peace of mind is priceless, so if you can afford one (or more) of these bad boys the IronWolf Pro 960GB model should be on your short, short list. We foresee it becoming a cult classic in experienced homebrew circles. Just as we foresee the standard doing the same for the NAS Appliance and PC storage market. Rest assured, no matter which model you choose you can be confident that they will not be the bottleneck in your NAS devic
  2. The all new Crucial X6 may not win any awards for sheer speed (as it is SATA and not NVMe based) nor for having the lowest asking price in the market… and certainly no awards for being the most robust; but those are about the only major negatives we can think of. This is a rather flexible, predictable, and not overly expensive model that we can see making waves in a corner of the market that has become rather saturated of late. That in and of itself is impressive. Read the full review below https://www.realhardwarereviews.com/crucial-x6-2tb-external-ssd-review/
  3. Taken as a whole, if you are not impressed by what Seagate was able to do… you have not been paying attention. It may not be flashy, it arguably is not being marketed optimally, and certainly is not a ‘revolutionary break through’ we have come to expect, but this new gen is a great evolution to an existing foundation. A firm foundation that has been further refined, and this refinement does pay tangible dividends. As such, if you can afford the asking price the Seagate IronWolf Pro 18TB easily justifies its professional moniker and its asking price – and then some. For those that cannot? Fear
  4. We are surprised on what this little guy can do. Check out our full review of the Crucial X8 2TB below! https://www.realhardwarereviews.com/crucial-x8-2tb-external-ssd-review/
  5. This is honestly the perfect thing for people who love having a little personal flair in their bedroom, or on their desk. Overall it’s a solid buy especially as gift if your willing to put some money behind it. If your looking for something cheaper they do offer smaller and cheaper versions in their pixel art series that you can buy. Read the full review here
  6. The LaCie 2Big RAID going to be right for every customer and every possible scenario? Of course not. Not everyone needs the flexibility a dual bay D.A.S has to offer. Not everyone will be able to get over toting around this much added weight. Not everyone will like the lack of daisy chaining abilities. Others still will prefer to spend the same amount of money on 1Big Dock and get more features at the expense of RAID abilities. For security conscious professionals, the lack of a lock on the drive caddies will be a major turn off. As such not everyone will be able to justify the asking price. T
  7. To be blunt, the LaCie 1Big Dock SSD Pro 4TB is not perfect but we still absolutely love this device. What it has to offer is a veritable siren song to us. It is fast, it is easy to work with, and above all else it is tailor made for satisfying (almost) all our needs. You may feel differently, as we are part of the laser like focus niche this specific model was designed for. Put simply, this model is designed by professionals for professionals and makes no compromises to appeal to a wider audience. You will either love what it has to offer and consider it an investment (as time is money)… or i
  8. If you are looking for replacement drives for your surveillance appliance/server the SkyHawk is basically the only one of two models you need look at. For everyone else, there are less… specialized models that probably will fit your needs better Check our review below. Read the Full Review
  9. As it stands the Seagate FireCuda Gaming Dock may come with a bit of sticker shock… but for what it offers it is actually a pretty good bargain. So while not perfect, and plenty of room for version 2.0 to improve upon, the FireCuda Gaming Dock is worth a long hard look. Check our review below. Read the Full Review
  10. If the LaCie 1Big Dock series features are precisely what you are looking for it is a fan-freaking-tastic choice - and is an excellent example of engineering prowess. Alternatively, if the 1Big Dock does not match your needs perfectly, then it may not be a great fit for you. Still decent to good, but not necessarily optimal. As long as you understand exactly all the things it brings to the table, and they align with your needs, we would strongly suggest taking a long hard look at this bad boy. It can indeed make a great case for being your next purchase… seemingly high asking price or not
  11. It will not appeal to everyone, but it is a good ‘no frills’ option for those who need 1TB or less of external storage that will not break your budget. As long as you understand these limitations and fit inside its design envelope it might worth your time and money tracking down this 1TB variant. For everyone else, Seagate 2.5” HDD based Backup Plus, Lacie’s 3.5” HDD based ‘Big’ series, or Seagate’s mega capacity options that can net good performance via sheer brute force may be a better match for your needs.
  12. So, if you are a responsible for a Small or even a Medium(ish) sized Business yet cannot justify the cost of the uber EXOS series, and do not care about a write-back instead of write-through cache policy, this IronWolf Pro 16TB is meant for you. Pull the trigger on that buy order and be done with it. Being able to stuff 24 drives (for a whopping 384TB of raw capacity) in a single 4U network storage device and not have to worry about them shaking themselves to death is a great feeling. Being able to do that and not have to spend EXOS levels of money… well that is an even better feeling. If you
  13. Over the years we have been asked countless times for recommendations on making a ‘homebrew’ or ‘DIY’ Network Attached Storage system. For many this was because they were dissatisfied with the ‘performance’ NAS-appliances such as those offered by Qnap, ASUStor, or Synology had to offer. For others it was the asking prices those appliances demand. For others still is was their lack of easy expandability – as you cannot (easily) stick a 5th hard drive in a 4bay NAS appliance. Others still were simply because enthusiasts like to tinker and did not want to buy a pre-packaged, pre-built system… aft
  14. It certainly is a great time to be a gaming enthusiast. Not that long ago the only way to get a monitor capable of hitting above 200Hz was go the TN route… and friends do not let friends use TN unless they have to. Since those ‘bad old days’ a veritable sea change has occurred and now TN is on life support. Thanks to some massive amounts of RnD magic, buyers can now get relatively inexpensive monitors that can refresh well in excess of 200 frames per second. Not satisfied with ‘just’ 200 or even 240Hz offerings ASUS has recently turned up the heat on the competition and released the TUF Gaming
  15. It seems that the further in product’s life cycle you get the more mature and refined they become… but also the more and more loaded down with dross they get. Take for example the latest craze is not only adding brightly colored heatsinks but LED enabled heatsinks to RAM. Heatsinks with LEDS that can be customized to ‘play’ a fancy light show. While great for certain scenarios and highly customized builds, as well as being just plain fun, the fact remains that they are not needed. Instead, such additional features have been added simply to help distinguish one model from others. These days few
  16. Sometimes the old adage of ‘Go Big Or Go Home’ is indeed true. One such example of this is the CPU cooling market. Specifically, models meant for the enthusiast and / or extreme overclocking crowd. In this corner of the market custom water loops and liquid nitrogen (for true boundary pushing insanity) rule the roost. Even the likes of Noctua and their D15 series is ‘not enough’. Since their inception Closed Sealed Loop Cooling solutions have made significant inroads… and these days a monster sized AIO is typically more than good enough for the average buyer in this highly competitive (if somew
  17. It certainly has been a while since we have taken a close look at SATA Solid State drives. For a myriad of reasons these workhorses of the industry just do not garner the same level of attention, let alone excitement, as their PCIe NVMe brethren. This is rather unfortunate as “SATA is not dead” (…yet). There are plenty of good reasons to opt for a SATA model over a NVMe, the most obvious of which is their asking price. Take for example, toady’s review of, the Silicon Power A55 1TB SATA SSD. With an online average asking price of only $80 (USD) for a full one Terabyte of capacity, or a mere 8 c
  18. Whether you own a smartphone, tablet, GoPro style ‘action camera’, or the typical mundane camera your choice of SD storage can indeed have a noticeable to large impact on overall performance. Put simply, your device is only as ‘fast’ as the slowest component used. Invariably the bottleneck is going to be your SD card. The sad fact of the matter is the lowly SD/SDHC/SDXC/etc card’s performance is terribly slow by modern standards and the SD has been slow to adapt to the changing times (they only recently announced a PCIe express based specification). Right now, the fastest real-world SD cards a
  19. Very recent we took a long hard look at the hunter orange-clad LaCie Rugged SSD 1TB and walked away very impressed with what LaCie had created. That model was a USB 3.1 gen 2 beast. One which it was as rugged as it was fast. As we made mention in that review the LaCie Rugged SSD was not the premier/flagship ‘rugged’ model, rather the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro took that honors. Thanks to the good people at LaCie’s we can show you what this $399 (USD) 1TB model has to offer that the LaCie Rugged SSD series cannot. Without going too deep into things just yet, these differences vary from the
  20. In the recent past we have looked at a couple BlueTooth enabled earbuds and walked away fairly impressed with the state of the industry. In just a few short years BT earbuds have gone from (at best) mediocrity to actually being viable options. A relatively newcomer to the scene is the Chinese based TriBit whose intention is to not only push the boundaries of this quickly developing market niche, but actually make wireless earbuds that can outperform similarly priced wired earbuds – and thus their moto of “Unleash the True Sound”. Their latest addition to their lineup is the $55 USD Flybuds and
  21. Very recently we took a close look at the Silicon Power Blast Plug BP81 series of Bluetooth enabled earbuds and walked away impressed with the state of the wireless industry. While far from perfect their combination of ease of use, durability, reasonably good clarity, and at a very reasonable price made for a very good argument in their favor. Today we are going to look at the $37 Blast Plug BP82 series to see what has and has not changed. On the surface, these two sets of earbuds do share a few things in common. The most obvious is both are making use of the same BT 5 bus and the same un
  22. If you talk to a hundred video or photography professionals every single one will say the same thing: never trust your precious images/videos on the cards you shot them on. Get them off as soon as you can. Doing otherwise just invites Mr. Murphy to your photo/video shoot… and when Murphy shows up that ‘perfect’ shot will be the one to disappear. This is why some form of On Set Storage is in nearly every single professional’s equipment bag. The downside is to get the precious data off SD/QXD/etc. card as soon as possible requires a couple more pieces of equipment. Namely a card reader and a lap
  23. It is always highly interesting to see how different companies overcome the same problem. We are of course referring to the fact that NVMe M.2 drives run hot, and when used in an external enclosure they run even hotter. ‘Sadly’ the sheer performance NVMe drives offer is unmatched and is the only way to get a single drive capable of easily saturating a USB 3.1 Gen 2 bus. Recently we looked at Crucial’s X8 and saw how they overcame this issue (they went with a ‘single sided everything’ solution). Today we will be looking at LaCie and their Rugged SSD series to see how they have solved this issue
  24. It seems that being a PC gaming enthusiast has become one rather expensive hobby as of late. Ever since the mining craze video card costs have sky rocketed, and so too has other essential components. Take for example the typical ‘gaming’ orientated monitor. No doubt it is an essential piece of equipment… but the moment you add the word ‘gaming’ to your list of requirements the cost quickly balloons. Nowadays there really seem to be two camps of PC gaming enthusiasts: those that can afford mega-sized monitors which promise levels of immersion once only dreamed about… and those that use two or t
  25. Almost since their inception portable Flash based solid state storage devices have fallen into roughly one of two camps: cheap yet ultra-portable drives that are known to be slowpokes, and those that may be larger and cost noticeably more per GB but are USB bus saturating speedsters. Recently we took a long hard look at the Crucial X8 series and walked away very impressed with what it had to offer. That model did indeed blur the lines between the two camps and made it a lot easier to have 1TB worth of portable performance in your pocket. Seagate however begs to differ on what it takes to bridg
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