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ADATA HD720 Waterproof/Dustproof/Shockproof External Hard Drive (1TB)

Share This Review: Introduction Design Makers of rugged hard drives are usually very proud when their products pass military-grade shock testing. ADATA trumpeted the fact that its HD710-series drive, first released several years ago, passed the “stringent Military MIL-STD-810G 516.6 drop test.” But the company hasn’t rested on its laurels: Its newest rugged model, released late in 2015, is the ... Read More »

QNAP TS-251+

Share This Review: Introduction Design Smartphones really have changed the entire world in ways that are obvious—and some that are not so obvious. For example, as we examine the world of network attached storage (NAS), we can’t help but consider the influence that 24/7 Internet connectivity and thoughtful UI design has had on the once-esoteric world of NAS drives. The ... Read More »

Kingston HyperX Predator (480GB)

Share This Review: Introduction The Basics The Serial ATA (SATA) interface has been a bottleneck for solid-state drive (SSD) performance for at least two years. So, some time ago, the storage powers-that-be determined that the industry would move toward an interface that could scale much higher than SATA. And that interface is the familiar PCI Express. Why PCI Express? For ... Read More »

ADATA HD710A Waterproof/Dustproof/Shock-Resistant USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (1TB)

Share This Review: Introduction, Design Features External hard drives may be a dime a dozen these days, but not many are genuinely equipped to handle the rigors of the outside world. By that, we mean falls from your desk onto the ground, getting caught in the rain, accidental plunges into the bathwater or (heaven forbid!) the toilet, or braving the ... Read More »

Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive (8TB)

Share This Review: Introduction Design Between commodity-priced backup drives and enough free or cheap cloud services to count on two hands, it’s easier than ever to back up your most important data. But with the ongoing explosion of social media and the ubiquity of smartphones—some of which are starting to come with 4K video cameras, for heaven’s sake—the sheer volume ... Read More »

Lenovo ThinkPad Stack

Share This Review: Introduction Design The travel bag for your typical road warrior is a rat’s nest of cables and dongles: flash drives, the USB pigtails for an external drive or two, an assortment of micro-USB and Lightning charging cables, small power adapters for this and that…you name it. But when you’re in a rush packing the night before a ... Read More »

G-Tech G-Drive ev ATC With Thunderbolt

Share This Review: Introduction, Design Features Could this be the Transformer of external hard drives? The G-Drive ev ATC drive with Thunderbolt, from HGST subsidiary G-Tech, is a rather interesting product, in that it’s actually several different kinds of external hard drive in one. The first part of it is a custom protective casing that has an integrated Thunderbolt cable ... Read More »


Share This Review: Introduction, Design Features With the XPG SX930, ADATA is making it clear that this drive is not business as usual for the memory maker. ADATA’s latest line of solid-state drives (SSDs) is the flagship of its XPG family of memory products. You may not know the ADATA name, but the company is a large Taiwan-based manufacturer of ... Read More »

Samsung SSD 850 EVO (2TB)

Share This Review: Introduction Background When the Samsung SSD 850 EVO launched in December of 2014, it won our Editors’ Choice award for its class-leading performance, warranty, and software. At the time, this solid-state drive (SSD) was offered in all the popular capacities, including 250GB, 500GB, and a whopping 1TB, and at competitive prices to boot. (We tested the 500GB ... Read More »

Seagate Backup Plus (4TB)

Share This Review: Introduction Design Until this year, if you needed a portable external hard drive with more than 3TB of capacity, you were limited to one-off drives like the Seagate Backup Plus Fast. That particular specialized Seagate model offered an impressive amount of storage in a unique configuration: two 2TB hard disks stacked on top of one another inside ... Read More »

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