Consumer Reviews
by Alex Schuchter

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 Review

Lenovo released the next generation of it’s P Series portfolio, their most powerful line of laptops. We recently reviewed the ThinkPad P53. Today we’re reviewing another laptop in the portfolio, the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, and looking at what this workstation has to offer. The P1 returns fulfilling the desire for a thin and light design backed by workstation performance. This generation's spec refresh delivers new levels of power with the latest Intel processors (up to eight cores), NVIDIA Turing graphics, new display options including an OLED Touch display, and X-Rite Pantone Factory color calibration. At top configuration, this workstation can be decked out with 9th generation Intel Xeon E or Core H-series processors, up to NVIDIA Quadro T2000 graphics, a 15.6” OLED Touch Display with Dolby Vision HDR, 64 GB DDR4 memory, and 4TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Precision Optimizer Software Overview

The Dell Precision line of workstations has produced several high-performant units over the last few years. All precision workstations come with customizability, some more so than others. This gives the tinkerers a chance to build the system for exactly what they need. As more and more users are moving to workstations, not everyone wants to set up specific hardware to meet their applications. Most would rather take a unit off the shelf and have a way to easily optimize it for their use case. Dell answers this call with its Precision Optimizer software that aims to do just that. 

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by Alex Schuchter

WD ReadyView Surveillance System Review

WD ReadyView is a comprehensive NVR surveillance solution that offers easy setup, system expandability, on-site WD Purple storage, external backup, mobile access, and affordability. Two unique models of the security system are offered. All system bundles include four durable weatherproof HD cameras with night vision and motion detection, an NVR with WD Purple drive storage, and necessary cables. Looking at the differences between the two models, the 2MP camera bundle includes 2MP camera resolution, 2TB of storage, and can capture 90+ days of continuous 27/7 recording. The 4MP camera bundle includes 4MP camera resolution, 4 TB of storage, and can capture 120+ days of continuous 24/7 recording. In addition to the upgrades to camera resolution and storage capacity, the 4MP camera bundle also offers Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS) which includes intrusion, trip line, and intelligent identification features. For those interested in redundancy, external backup is as easy as plugging in an external USB storage device with NTFS formatting. The system is also expandable beyond the included four cameras up to eight.

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by Alex Schuchter

iStorage Datashur PRO2 Review

The iStorage datAshur PRO2 is a USB flash drive that is hardware encrypted for those that need the highest level of security on the go. Like all iStorage products, the datAshur PRO2 uses a PIN authentication pad to unlock for use; users can select a 7-15 digit PIN. Extra security measures leveraged by this drive include real time data encryption using military grade aes-xts 256-bit hardware encryption and a uniquely incorporated Common Criteria EAL4+ ready secure microprocessor. The drive comes in capacities up to 512GB.
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by Alex Schuchter

Lenovo ThinkPad P53 Review

Lenovo launched the next generation of its ThinkPad P Series portfolio in June, unveiling, amongst other units, the ThinkPad P53. With the release of the new NVIDIA Quadro GPUs a wave of highly-powerful laptops have been coming out featuring the innovative hardware. The ThinkPad P53 is made for engineers, architects, and designers with ISV certifications and support for work with AR, VR, and AI. In addition to being outfitted with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs up to the Quadro RTX 5000 and 9th Gen Intel Core and Xeon processors with up to 8 cores, the ThinkPad P53 also features up to 6TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage, up to 128 GB DDR4 memory, a 15” OLED Touch Display with Dolby Vision HDR, and dual Intel Thunderbolt 3. 

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by Lyle Smith

ORICO 2-Bay Hard Drive Dock Review

The ORICO 2-Bay Hard Drive Dock is a dual hard-drive reader that features speedy HDD switching and the ability to simultaneously read and write to dual HDDs. This is certainly a huge capacity point and opens up a lot of different applications and benefits to using a docking station like this.

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by Alex Schuchter

Dell Precision 7740 Mobile Workstation Review

Dell recently released the Precision 7740, the 4th generation of it’s most powerful and scalable mobile workstation. Simple but stylish the 7740 exudes class and claims to be the thinnest and lightest mobile workstation in its class. This generation’s spec refresh offers the latest processors, next-gen graphics, new display options, and longer battery life. Some impressive new components include 9th Generation Intel Core and Xeon 8-core processors and Nvidia Quadro RTX professional GPUs up to the Quadro RTX 5000, adding a new level of power to mobile workstations previously only found in tower workstations. With the budget, the Dell 7740 is a solid competitor against most other high end workstations and supports a wide variety of applications including VR and AI. 

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by Alex Schuchter

HP ZBook 14u G6 Review

HP has released the HP ZBook 14u G6, the 6th generation of their mobile workstation line. It features a thin and light design with beefed up specs and a stunning display. Designed to meet the demands of modern workflows the HP ZBook 14U G6 offers high performance without the weight. It is geared towards power users and designers who need daily dependability running resource intensive applications like Adobe or Solidworks while on the go. A look at the specs show a range of options notably 8th gen Intel Quad-Core i7 processors, up to 64 GB of RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro 3D Graphics (4GB). Multiple on board features aid in collaborative work as well. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital My Passport (2019) 5TB Review

Today Western Digital released the latest version of its popular My Passport portable HDD device. The new My Passport is redesigned with a slimmer build and higher capacity, up to 5TB. According to the company, this would make the My Passport the slimmest portable 5TB Hard Drive in its portfolio. Western Digital has released two versions one for Windows 10 with USB 3.0 and one for Mac (macOS Mojave) that leverages USB-C. 

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS620slim Review

The Synology DS620slim is another compact 6-bay NAS from the company. Designed for workplaces and home offices with limited space, the DS620slim is described as an all-purpose file management solution for professionals in need of advanced data protection (AES-NI) and reliable media streaming. Synology’s new NAS features SSD read/write cache and is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports and two RJ-45 1GbE LAN ports with Link Aggregation / Failover support. It also supports “near-instantaneous” snapshots and real-time 2-channel 4K H.264/H.265 video transcoding.

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