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The Tiny Apricorn Aegis Padlock SSD – Big on Security and Speed

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I've lost count on how many devices from Apricorn we have reviewed over the past 10 years.
The Padlock series is the most secure external hard drive line available today and Apricorn seems to be the market leader in this field.
No surprises there.


What did surprise me was how small the form factor is of their latest Padlock SSD!
So let's have a look once I can find the key to this Padlock....

 

Western Digital Black2 Dual Drive: a new heart for an old laptop

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You know the problem: your old laptop is few years old and a bit wheezy. It is not as fast as it used to be and you have tweaked enough bits and pieces to know that it really needs a heart bypass operation. We are talking about replacing the hard drive.


The obvious choice to get things moving faster is to install an SSD. Good choice but expensive and not nearly as much capacity as your old laptop. What we need is a combination of SSD and conventional hard drive. Something like the Western Digital Black 2 Dual Drive. It is fast, it will fit in most laptops, and it has enough capacity.

What's not to like?

Apricorn Aegis Portable 256GB SSD 3.0 External Drive-When Speed is of the Essence

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Sometimes a new product is so similar to what we reviewed earlier and only differing in capacity that we are happy to refer to an earlier review. Such is the case with the new Apricorn Aegis external drive which now comes in a 256 GB capacity and minus the security keypad of the other model.

So let's just summarise what this one is all about.

The QNAP NAS Show 2013: From Small (TS-220) to Medium (TS-421) to Large (TS-870U-RP)

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Occasionally we do a "Show " rather than a series of reviews of products from the same company. That highlights a bit more the scope and range and makes it often easier to differentiate between the various units.


So on today's smorgasbord we present three different NAS units from QNAP on the menu: we have the brand-new TS -220, a real lightweight beauty and at the other end of the scale the TS-870U-RP, an 8 bay budget beast for the big end of town. And to round it off we also have the newly announced TS-421 which fits squarely in the middle.
Let's have a look.

Thecus N5550 - a Fast and Relatively Inexpensive 5-bay NAS

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We've had the pleasure of testing and using one of the latest five bay NAS stations from Thecus over several weeks. After the many Synology and Q NAP units we reviewed it's nice to see that they are not the only Taiwanese companies that can deliver a well-crafted, good performing NAS unit for businesses and home use.
These days, functionality and features are probably more important than speed alone so we will be concentrating in this short article on the F & F of the Thecus N5550.

Synology DS213air 2 bay NAS - A Magic Box of Tricks

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Read more: Synology DS213air 2 bay NAS - A Magic Box of TricksThe Synology DS213air is a lightweight two bay NAS unit and lightweight is something I would never have associated Synology with. True, the box is rather small, made of plastic and has only two bays. This makes it light in weight, but functionally, it's a different story: it has a lot of tricks on its sleeve that I would like to explore with you.

One of them, as indicated in the name, is its wireless abilities.
Come along and I will show you.

Apricorn Aegis Bio 3.0 - a very secure 1 TB External Hard Drive

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This review can be short because we have reviewed many products from Apricorn, including an earlier model of the Aegis Bio with fingerprint reader.


We will state our bias upfront: we are fans of this Californian outfit which specialises in manufacturing external storage devices with great security features. However, I'm not particularly a fan of fingerprint readers, much preferring keypad security.

So how did we go with this one?

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