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WD Blue 3D SSD (M.2, 1TB)

These days, it seems, 3D NAND memory is coming around for a visit to every major maker of solid-state drives (SSDs), and it’s not going home. Now it’s Western Digital’s turn to be host. WD is throwing its hat into the ring for 64-layer 3D TLC-based SSDs with its new line of Blue drives. (See our review of the non-3D version ... Read More »

SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD (1TB)

The big storage veteran SanDisk, now a property of Western Digital Corporation (WDC), is jumping into the suddenly hot game of 3D TLC NAND. That may sound like the nerdiest parlor game ever, but it’s actually just the latest trend in SSD technology—and where the volume sales in the SSD market are moving. The new Ultra 3D SSD is actually ... Read More »

Plextor S3C (256GB)

PCI Express NVMe drives may be scooping up all the glory in the SSD market these days, but basic SSD upgrades that shame your hard drive on speed are still the lion’s share of what sells. With that in mind, Plextor is going after the big slice—entry-level SSDs—with its latest family of drives, the S3 series. Plextor certainly has its fingers in ... Read More »

Crucial BX300 (240GB)

Introduction, Design Features It’s a bit of a strange time in the solid-state drive (SSD) world. After nearly a decade of innovation saw performance pushing ever higher and prices plummeting steadily, things have more or less leveled off—at least when it comes to drives running on the traditional Serial ATA (SATA) bus. While NVMe-based M.2 drives (such as Samsung’s flagship ... Read More »

ADATA SD700 External SSD (512GB)

ADATA is no stranger to the world of ruggedized, portable drives. Over the past year or so, the company has released a number of interesting drive designs meant for being mashed and bashed, ranging from bite-size units with SSDs inside such as the ADATA SE730 External SSDADATA SD710A. With our review unit today, the ADATA SD700, the company is going ... Read More »

WD My Passport SSD (1TB)

Introduction, Design Features Solid state drives (SSD) have been stomping a giant footprint onto the storage world over the past few years—a size 14 EEE boot worn by some tiny, tiny chips. We certainly love them in our desktop PCs, but they are making just as big an impact in the mobile world. By their flash-memory nature, they have no ... Read More »

Plextor M8SeY NVMe Solid State Drive (512GB)

Introduction, Design Features Plextor has been making an aggressive push into the solid-state drive (SSD) world for some years now, and with its latest line of PCI Express-bus SSDs, it’s looking to plant its flag in the high end of the SSD market. Dubbed the M8Se family, its newest flagship SSDs are a follow-up to a previous drive set called ... Read More »

QNAP TS-253B

Introduction, Design Features QNAP makes some seriously swanky network attached storage (NAS) drives, and its all-new TS-253B, designed for small offices or home power users, is no exception. It comes bristling with new technology, and it redefines what we can come to expect from high-end NAS boxes in the near future. The most significant core differentiator in this NAS unit is ... Read More »

Intel SSD 545s Series (512GB)

If Samsung is the 800-pound gorilla of the solid-state-drive (SSD) world, Intel rates as at least a 400-pounder—a midsize simian. The company is better known as a chip giant, to be sure, but it has a big footprint in SSDs, too, and it’s back in the game with an updated version of its entry-level Serial ATA (SATA) SSD, using some ... Read More »

ADATA Ultimate SU900 (512GB)

From a sheer “SSD buzz” point of view, over the past year or so, 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) SSDs have receded into the background, while newer and faster PCI Express drives have dominated the headlines. Plenty of SATA SSDs still sell, of course; indeed, in greater volume than their PCI Express kin. It’s just that the juicy specs and the gaudiest ... Read More »

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