Consumer Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Magician 6 Review

Several years back (and an update just over four years ago) we went through Samsung’s data migration software and Magician, and gave an in-depth overview of how to use it and its features. Over the years Samsung has made several upgrades and changes to Magician and we will go over them here. We’re going to start off with a brief overview and the software’s basic functions before jumping into the new functionality in Samsung Magician 6.  

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by Alex Schuchter

Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch Review

Earlier this month Samsung introduced a next-generation external storage solution, the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch. This drive is faster, more compact, and features convenient data protection all wrapped inside a sleek and slim aluminum palm-sized case roughly the size of a credit card. The T7 Touch delivers read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000MB/s, which is more than 1.9 times faster than current SATA-based portable SSDs and more than 9.5 times faster than external HDDs. Additionally, the T7 offers password protection based on AES 256-bit hardware encryption and fingerprint recognition as means of convenient but powerful security.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 17 G6 Workstation Review

The ZBook 17 G6 is the largest model of HP’s new-generation mobile workstations. The 17-inch notebook features some of the same upgraded components as ZBook 15 G6, including the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i9 and Xeon Processors (as high as the 2.4 GHz Xeon E 2286M vPro processor with up to 5.0 GHz via Turbo Boost and support for up to eight cores) and up to 128GB of RAM. One of the biggest advantages of the 17-inch model, however, is the GPU, which features up to the powerful NVIDIA Quadro RTX5000 with ray tracing, deep learning, and advanced shading. The new ZBook can also be outfitted with up to three 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe TLC SSDs and features 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB Type-C ports (Thunderbolt 3 + DP 1.4 + USB 3.1 Gen 2) and an HDMI port.

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by Adam Armstrong

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Review

The notebooks on the market today are dramatically faster than previous generations, but as manufacturers push to make them smaller, it has left users with far fewer connectivity options. It used to be common to find LAN ports (or even USB-A on notebooks), but common legacy ports are being chopped from platforms left and right. To help with the struggle, OWC is offering a way for users to have these ultra-compact devices (or just regular computers that need more connectivity) with its OWC Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock. This dock is specifically aimed at creative pros giving them up to 40Gb/s of bandwidth across card readers, USB3 connectivity, 10Gb LAN (!) and and countless external data-hungry devices such as RAID arrays or eGPUs.

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by Adam Armstrong

ADATA XPG SPECTRIX S40G RGB SSD Review

The ADATA XPG SPECTRIX S40G RGB is an M.2 SSD that is designed for those looking for performance at a good price as well as a little bit of Wow in their drive design. The S40G leverages an NVMe interface, as well as SLC caching and a DRAM buffer, for quoted speeds of 3.5GB/s read and 3GB/s write as well as throughput as his at 300K IOPS read and 240K IPS write. The drive is marketed toward gamers, PC enthusiasts, overclockers, and graphic professionals. 

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by Adam Armstrong

WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD Review

Back at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany Western Digital Corp. (WDC) announced a new portfolio of external storage solutions for PC and console gamers, its new WD_Black products, including the new WD_Black P50 SSD. As the name states, the WD_Black P50 is a portable NVMe SSD that gamers can use to store part of their game library on for potentially faster loading times than the internal hard drive in their console or PC. The WD_Black P50 adds extra games to users Xbox One consoles, PlayStation 4s, or PC Gaming computing. 

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA SE800 Portable SSD Review

The ADATA SE800 is the company’s newest high-performance external SSD. Lightweight and compact, this new portable SSD leverages the USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface and is designed for content professionals dealing with large files or simply those consistently need to transfer a lot of data very fast. It is also ideal for gamers looking for supplemental storage on their PS4 or Xbox One consoles. Over the past few years, ADATA has been the go-to brand for inexpensive storage products that give consumers a great bang for their buck.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 15 G6 Workstation Review

The ZBook 15 G6 is the newest addition to the company’s power-driven mobile workstation line. The next-gen HP laptop features a range of upgraded hardware over the G5 model, including the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i9 and Xeon Processors (for complex, multithreaded applications), a generous 128GB of RAM, and three GPU options including the new NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000. The new ZBook can also be outfitted with up to three 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe TLC SSDs and features a wide range of connectivity including 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB Type-C ports (Thunderbolt 3  + DP 1.4 + USB 3.1 Gen 2) and an HDMI port.

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by Adam Armstrong

Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD (1TB) Review

The Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD (TBT3-NVME1TB) is a quick and easy way to add NVMe storage to one’s device. The portable drive is designed with those that need faster speeds in mind, including content creators and gamers. The Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD is offered in multiple capacities, however, we will be looking at the 1TB for this review.

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by Lyle Smith

Orico Thunderbolt 3 Aluminum Docking Station Review

The Orico Thunderbolt 3 Aluminum Docking Station is a multi-purpose accessory designed to add expanded functionality. Due to their size, notebooks are usually limited in the amount of connectivity and functionality they can offer, so docking stations such as these are extremely handy and provide users with wide range of connectivity so they can easily attach peripherals, hard drives, flash drives and mobile devices. The Orico docking station features one DisplayPort, one USB-A 3.0 port, two USB-A 3.1 ports, an SD card port, and an RJ45 network port as well as a power interface and Thunderbolt 3 input/output ports. Using the DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 port, for example, allows you to stream your laptop to devices like TVs and monitors in 4K, which is perfect for the travel-wary professionals. You can also use the docking station to daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt 3 devices.

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