Overall performance is slow
Western Digital's 4TB My Book World Edition II NAS device is an easy and reasonably cheap way to store large amounts of data in a central location. Its overall performance is slow, but for tasks where speed isn't critical this NAS device is a decent choice.
Speedy file read times
The competitively priced Western Digital My Book Live Duo is a two-drive network attached storage (NAS) device that offers an astounding 4TB of storage capacity. It's very easy to use and offers speedy file read times, but it does lack some features and the latest USB 3.0 connectivity.
Extra security of both local and on-line storage
Some people will prefer a more versatile and mobile service, such as DropBox, which allows you to quickly retrieve and sync files in different locations and on different devices. The CloudBox's on-line features are more limited, but could still work well for people who need the extra security of both local and on-line storage for relatively small amounts of important personal data.
Underpowered & low-capacity
The CloudBox is a great idea imperfectly realised. For users who have small data sets or are concerned only with their vital data, it's an appealingly simple - though slow and pricey - backup system. Before you buy, make sure that you're willing to pony up $130 bucks (£1) a year to maintain your online backup. Without the online component, all you have is an underpowered, low-capacity NAS box.
Includes both hard disk and online storage
The cloud storage subscription provided with the CloudBox lasts for a year, so you'll need to renew it at the end of the first year if you want to carry on using it. However, it costs only £89 per year to renew your subscription, whereas Apple's iCloud costs £70 per year for just 50GB. The bundled software could be a little easier to use, but having that additional level of cloud backup could be a life-saver for business users in the event of an accident or theft in your office.
Plug & play option
Most users with any amount of network proficiency would probably be able to piece together a cheaper, more flexible local/cloud backup system than the CloudBox. That's not to say LaCie's drive misses the mark, however. Whereas a regular NAS might be a weekend's frustration for basic users arguably the most likely to avoid backing-up altogether the CloudBox's convenience makes it a plug & play option in which the "plug" aspect doesn't demand a degree in computer science to complete.
One year of 100 GB storage included
The Lacie CloudBox is a simple appliance that can automatically backup your important files to a network storage device, which is then automatically synchronized to offsite cloud-based storage. With this solution in place, you have both onsite and offsite secure backup of your files. If that simplicity appeals to you, you can live with the 100 GB limitation and don't mind paying a premium price for cloud storage, the LaCie CloudBox could be the perfect backup solution for you.
Offers data redundancy in addition to spanning
The Western Digital My Book Live Duo houses two hard drives and offers data redundancy in addition to spanning. It's a simple NAS device to install and use; best of all, if you want to access your data remotely, you don't have to know anything about networking to set this up.
Attractively-priced, midrange performance networked storage
If you like the features and price of the single-drive My Book Live, you'll like the Duo even more. In addition to a second drive that brings either more capacity in span mode or a bit more piece of mind with RAID 1 mirroring (which is no substitute for backup), you get whole-NAS backups to either an attached USB drive or any networked share.
Broad Mac, PC, and consumer device support
The good news is that once you jump through all the configuration hoops, the Duo works exceptionally well. Remote access and local network sharing are all speedy and free of the hiccups that plagued last yearâ??s model, proving that, even though it might have been designed by and for engineers, they got most of it right in the end.
Dismal documentation and support
All the documentation on this says I can access the cloud on my network from any PC anywhere. No place does it tell you HOW to do this. I have remote access enabled and I get the pin number, but there is nothing in the manual about it. I called Toshiba tech support and that was an absolute nightmare. I had to call back 3 times because ever time I would mention the name of this device suddenly I would be told " our phone connection is very bad " and the rep would hang up.
I bought a 1 TB Freecom Quattro desktop hard drive from Amazon Japan while living in Japan. It is not only an attractively designed product with its mat aluminium casing, it is quiet (its efficiency at dissipating heat means a fan is not required) and has been completely reliable since I began using it in November 2009. It is almost silent with only the occasional click or whir.
On returning to the UK I bought another one.
Tops in the SSD category, Intel's latest solid-state drive has excellent performance and a price that's no longer stratospheric. Tops in the SSD category, Intel's latest solid-state drive has excellent performance and a price that's no longer stratospheric. Neck-in-neck for top performance honors, this high-capacity SSD also carries a high cost-per-gigabyte. If its specs and high price feel familiar, that's because this model packs Samsung's high-performing drive inside.
The new X25-M is the first of several flash SSDs that will hit the market between now and early 2009. We received a 2.5â?? 80 GB drive sample based on MLC flash memory. Thanks to a 10-channel design and the smart new flash controller that Intel designed in-house, a product that is based on a technically inferior MLC flash memory technology is capable of outperforming the excellent SLC-based Samsung 64 GB SATA-2 SSD.
Feature set and performance numbers are perfect for the intended market
This is the eleventh solid-state drive that this editor has benchmarked and it will be the first that gets the Legit Reviews Editor's Choice Award. This drive is aimed at the mainstream market and the feature set and performance numbers are perfect for the intended market. This is hands down the best SSD that we have seen to date.
Blazing fast application open times
By introducing a lower cost 34nm production process and revising its controller, Intel has moved the ball forward in terms of manufacturing, but it hasn't shaken up the market in terms of performance like it did last year. While modest write speeds drop its overall performance behind competitors such as the OCZ Vertex and Patriot Torqx, the X25-M G2 is a good choice because of its strong read speeds, higher capacity, and slightly better price per gigabyte.
low power consumption
With low power consumption, no noise/heat and a read speed of almost 200 MBps, this Solid State Drive simply can’t go wrong. This relatively affordable drive is a must-buy for enthusiasts looking to speed up their computer. Prices might fall later but for now, all you’ll get after paying for this drive is 80 GB of storage capacity.
Lower Cost Per GB
ooking at the direct competitors like the OCZ Vertex and Corsair SSDs we tested today, the new Intel X25-M stacks up very well in terms of performance and price, making it one of the lower cost SSDs on the market currently at at cost per gigabyte of $2.81 for the 80GB drive and $2.75 for the 160GB drive. We'll be taking a look at new offerings from OCZ in the weeks ahead and yet another from the red-hot Fusion-io, so stay tuned.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connection options
The ESD200 256GB Solid State Drive from Transcend is a solid state drive capable of connecting to both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. With a data transfer speed of up to 5Gbits per second you can transfer all of your important data quickly and efficiently to and from the drive.
The integrated dual color LED indicators show power, data transfer, and USB 2.0/3.0 connection type making it easy to see the status of your drive.
Connection bandwidth up to 5Gbits per second
The ESD200 USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive is equipped with a next-generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection interface that provides 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0. Thanks to its lightweight, compact design and solid state durability, the ESD200 portable SSD makes it easy to store, protect, carry and share all your digital files wherever you go.
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