External hard drives are a dime a dozen. That's not exactly true of course but we certainly are not lacking for choice. I've got half a dozen of them scattered around my workplace or in my desk drawers but none is as safe as this latest product from Apricorn: a 3TB USB 3.0 unit with keypad encryption. And that's not all so let's have a good look at the Aegis Padlock DT.
In a networked home or small business, a Network Attached Storage - or in tech parlance, NAS - is a near essential piece of equipment these days. The Synology DiskStation DS1511+ offers a scalable RAID storage solution with a maximum capacity of 45TB. Forty-Five Terabytes!
Read on for our full review.
Today we are having a quick look at a more up-to-date version of this stalwart work horse of today's home and small-business need for network attached storage: the QNAP TS-419P II.
What a nifty, brilliant device! That's my first reaction when I opened up the nonretail packaging that Apricorn sent it in. On the outside it is rather nondescript but when you pull the cover off it looks like a mini Fort Knox with three LEDs, 10 buttons for inputting your pin number and a slightly larger button with a key symbol on it.
Is this the most secure USB key? Well, let's put in the default pin to get started and let's find out.
I still remember purchasing my first computer in the mid 1990s with its massive 400MB hard disk drive. Some fifteen years on, the Pegasus R6 provides home users with 12 Terabytes of directly attached RAID storage. And the amazing part is that the actual storage space isn't the R6's biggest draw! Utilizing Intel's Thunderbolt technology, Promise Technologies delivers all those Terabytes at blazing fast speeds.
Read on for our review.
The Synology RS810+ with its expansion rack RX410 are the first units, followed by an enterprise NAS system from Promise Technology and the new enterprise class XS series from Synology.
Here are our findings on the RS810+.
To kickstart our series on rackmounted units, in which we will review NAS servers from Synology and Promise, as well as UPS systems and a server case from Antec, we have to start with the basics: a cabinet is to house all these. We looked around and the people from 4Cabling were gracious enough to give us the best one in store, a huge 100 kilo beast from Universal Data Solutions. This is a 25RU cabinet which means that you can house 25 rack units of gear. Most equipment like servers or switches take up just one rack unit. A server case might take up four and a UPS about the same. So, what are our impressions of this massive cabinet?
I can't say that I am always working in an extreme environment but for some reason the thought that my equipment can handle the daily commute better than I can, appeals to me. That's why I'm keen to have a good look at the ioSafe Rugged Portable HDD. This external USB drive in matt aluminium has been ruggedised to such an extent that even a shotgun blast at close range cannot destroy its innards! I feel an episode of Mythbusters coming on...
Sometimes it is not the absolute specs of one of the latest or greatest devices but rather the relative "wow" factor you experience when comparing it to a similar but one or two years older device. Such is the case with the OCZ Vertex 2 SSD which replaced the Imation M-Class SSD in one of our test platforms. If you are after extensive benchmarks, which for most general users don't mean a thing, read no further. But if you like to see what an amazing difference replacing an older SSD in your laptop can mean, just click on Read More....