ADATA HD720 Durable 1TB External Hard Drive Review

Introduction


People with an active lifestyle deserve to carry their storage around with them just as well as clumsy people do, but they should pick their portable storage with care and make sure that it can withstand the treatment it will get. Today I’m taking a closer look at just such a storage drive as I’m having ADATA’s HD720 ultra durable external hard drive with a sporty design on and off the test bench.

The ADATA HD720 is available in three capacity versions, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. Today I’m taking a closer look at the 1TB model and will test both its performance on my benchmark system as well as its durability with some clumsy but calculated actions. The HD720 is dustproof, waterproof, and shock resistant for an excellent data protection even when the worst case scenario should happen.

The drive has passed the stringent IP68 test thanks to its durable design. The HD720 even works normally in dusty environments as well as after being submerged in up to 2-meter deep water for up to 2 hours. The HD720 also passed the standard military-grade requirement (MIL-STD-810G 516.6) and even went beyond that and passed the 1.8m drop test.

This is all thanks to the rugged enclosure that the drive is built into. Deep inside the HD720 is a 2.5-inch sized HDD that first of all is cushioned mounted on its own. Next it is covered by a plastic shock structure followed by a special silicon layer that in combination provide the drive with its resilience. The HD720 also features a G-Shock sensor that flashes red when the drive should register a severe shock. When the shock has passed, a solid or flashing blue light displays indicating normal operation has resumed.

A portable drive also needs to be convenient. Thanks to the use of a 2.5-inch HDD you don’t need any extra power supply, the drive can draw enough power directly from the USB connection. The included cable can’t be static attached either or the drive would lose some of its durability. ADATA made a wrap around design on the HD720, allowing you to tug the drive into the groves on the edge of the drive – that at the same time give the drive an even better protection from a side impact.

There are three color choices on the HD720, either blue and black, green and black or completely black. ADATA backs this 211gram light drive with a 3-year warranty.

Feature Highlights:

  • Up to 2TB capacity
  • Dust, Water, and Shock-proof
  • USB 3.0 connection.
  • Cable wrap-around
  • Passed IP68 and MIL-STD-810G 516.6
  • G-Shock Sensor

Packaging

ADATA packed their durable HD720 in a white cardboard box that has a window to view the actual drive inside. The front highlights the capacity as well as safety features that it comes with.

The rear of the box has a little more information about the specifications in multiple languages as well as details on the waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof capabilities.

Inside the box is the drive wrapped with a USB 3 connection cable and a quick start guide should you need that.

Lexar Professional Workflow Card Reader and Drive Hub Review

Introduction


There are many ways to get your data from memory cards to your system, server, or other memory cards, but it is far from all of these ways that are equally great. One of the best solutions for this comes from Lexar in the form of their Professional series Workflow card readers, portable SSDs, and storage drive hubs. Lexar provided me with a full set of these readers and a drive hub for reviews and today I’ll be showing you what they can do.

We’ve previously already reviewed the very affordable and compact Workflow DD512 portable USB 3.0 SSD and that is just one of the many options you have in this series. No matter what memory card type you use, you’ll find a reader for it and best of all, you can easily hook them up by simply plugging them into the drive hub.

Let us first talk a little about the drive hub itself, The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1. This is a four-bay drive hub that connects through a single USB 3.0 cable and comes with an external power supply to make sure that you got the optimal performance to all four readers at the same time.

While an external power supply can a little annoying, it is necessary to ensure a proper power supply to all four connected devices. The included AC adapter isn’t large and it won’t be a power hog either with its 20W maximum power consumption.

There is a second model available that also features a Thunderbolt 2 connection that will be particularly useful for Mac OS users on their iOS based systems. Whether you’re a pro photographer or videographer or an adventure seeker using a sports camcorder or aerial camera, it’s easy to create your custom workflow setup.

Thunderbolt 2 technology gives photographers and videographers the power to quickly transfer 4K video and other large media files at up to twice the speed of Thunderbolt and up to four times the speed of USB 3.0 devices. With a hub, you can easily copy and move files from one memory card to another, or back them up on a portable SSD that fits right into the hub next the card readers.

There are quite a few card readers available, among them the Workflow UR1 three-slot microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-II reader, the Workflow SR2 SDHC/SDXC UHS-II  reader, the Workflow CFR1 CompactFlash reader, and the Workflow CR1 CFast 2.0 card reader that I’ll be stocking my drive hub with today. All card readers are available with USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 to match your needs and drive hub.

The modular design allows you to easily swap card readers and storage drives depending on your needs, without the hassle of extra cables for each drive and the at times difficult connection access. Do you need four SD card readers at the same time? No problem. Do you need up to 12 micro SD cards at the same time? That’s no problem either. As you see, the choices are many and they are yours.

Feature Highlights:

  • Transfers images and video from multiple memory cards at once
  • Hubs leverage Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.0 technologies for high-speed transfer of RAW images, high-res photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video
  • Readers support today’s latest card formats—SDHC/SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II, CompactFlash UDMA 7, XQD
    2.0, CFast and CFast 2.0 (Thunderbolt or USB 3.0), and microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I and UHS-II
  • Innovative, modular design
  • Use the card readers with a hub or on the go
  • Two-year limited warranty on hub and readers

Kingston SDA3 256GB SDXC UHS-I U3 Memory Card Review

Introduction


SD memory cards are probably the most commonly found among our readers and today I’m testing Kingston’s SDA3 256GB SHXC memory card to see how well it performs. It is already an impressive card just by looking at the capacity, but it also brings a performance to match making it perfect for burst photo shooting as well as 4K UHD video recordings.

Kingston’s SDXC UHS-I U3 Flash card allows you to move to faster performance, do a better job, and do it faster. The card is rated for speeds up to 90MB/s while reading and 80MB/s while writing. That is a UHS-I Class 3 performance and it is 9x faster than a standard Class 10 SD card that quite a few people still use these days. It meets the SD Association’s latest specification release, UHS-I U3 (Ultra High-Speed Bus, Speed Class 3), which guarantees a performance of at least 30MB/s and enough bandwidth to record and playback 4K2K video without interruption. The Kingston SDA3 clearly passes those performance specifications with plenty to spare.

Kingston’s SDA3 memory card is also a very rugged card that can withstand quite a bit. The SDA3 is waterproof, temperature proof, shock proof, vibration proof, and airport x-ray protected. It has an operating temperature rating from minus 25 to plus 85 degrees Celcius and a storage temperature rating all the way down to minus 40 degrees Celcius. The waterproofing isn’t for deep diving, but it can still withstand to be submerged in up to 1-meter deep water for up to 30 minutes. The card has also passed MIL-STD-883H, METHOD 2002.5 military standard test method for shock and vibrations.

The Kingston SDA3 is fast enough to capture quality videos in Full HD (1080p), Ultra HD (2160p), 3D and 4K2K resolutions as well as capture high megapixel images in burst shot mode. Users can capture cinema-quality videos on high-performance cameras such as Digital Single Lens Reflex (D-SLR), Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (D-SLM), camcorders and video cameras. It is ideal for television recordings as well as live broadcasts, plus it lets you edit files faster and provides faster upload times when using USB 3.0 card readers. The high sustained write speeds ensure video integrity by reducing stutter and allow photographers to shoot in continuous burst mode.

Kingston’s SDA3 is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities and the cards are backed by Kingston’s legendary reliability and lifetime warranty.

SD cards usually come with a handy drive lock and it is no different on Kingston’s SDA3 card. Slide the tiny lock down to write protect the card and prevent accidental deletion of the content.

Features and Specifications

  • Ideal for high-performance D-SLR and D-SLM cameras and 4K camcorders
  • Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB – for thousands of photos and hours of video,
  • Impressive UHS-I Class 3 performance for 4K or 2K video
    Performance up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write
  • Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
  • File format: exFAT SDXC 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification
  • Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Storage Temperatures: -40°C to 85°C
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3v
  • Lifetime warranty, free technical support

Packaging

Kingston’s SDA3 comes in a cardboard package that shows the actually included drive right on the front. The design is a typical Kingston design that makes it easy to spot from far away. The speed rating and capacity are displayed right on the front.

The rear of the package has all the fine print as well as compatible devices.

Kingston Ultimate 600x 64GB Memory Card Review

Introduction


There are quite a few different types of memory cards on the market and thanks to Lexar and their Professional Workflow series I’m able to test almost all of them now. Today I’m starting off our new memory card reviews by taking a closer look at Kingston’s CompactFlash Ultimate 600x card with a capacity of 64GB. Kingston also offers the CompactFlash Ultimate 600x as a 32GB model for those that don’t need as much storage and would like a lower purchase price.

Professional photographers need Flash memory they can count on for even the most demanding shoots; When every image, every pixel, and every frame counts. A failing or bad memory card could cost you those moments and captures that you simply can’t get back again, so this isn’t a place where you should go for anything but the best. The CompactFlash Ultimate 600x offers a sustained write speed ratings of up to 600 times, hence the name 600x (600 times 150KBps), and it makes it Kingston’s fastest card to support high-end digital cameras and other devices using CompactFlash.

The card is designed to deliver superior results with fast data transfer and support for continuous shooting. The CompactFlash 600x card is rated for fast transfer rates of up to 90MB/sec when reading and writing. Especially the write performance has to be good on a card like this to support those burst shot actions in high resolutions. For added peace of mind, CompactFlash Ultimate comes with a bonus download of the data recovery software from MediaRECOVER. It lets you recover lost or deleted files and restore corrupt files on both Windows or Mac systems.

The CompactFlash Ultimate 600x is also a very economical card thanks to the auto sleep mode where it preserves the system battery life in the camera that you are using it in. The card has an operating temperature of zero to plus 60 degrees Celcius and a storage temperature rating of minus 20 to plus 85 degrees Celcius, allowing you to take your equipment into harsher environments.

Kinston flash memory undergoes the strictest quality controls and every single card is 100 percent tested, allowing you to use the cards with a peace of mind. Kingston further backs this quality with the well-known lifetime warranty. So whether you are capturing and storing high-definition video or high volumes of images in RAW, JPEG, TIFF and other large file formats, the Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate 600x will be a great card.

Two convenience factors added to the Ultimate 600x is the protective plastic case for the memory card as well as the ability to write a few notes on the rear of the card, helping you to keep track of what you’ve got stored on the card.

Features and Specifications

  • Supports burst mode and HD video
    Speed Rating: CF/xGB-U3:
    Speed: 90MB/s read, 90MB/s write
  • Capacities: 32GB, 64GB
  • Economical: auto sleep mode preserves system battery life
  • Recovery Utility Included: MediaRECOVER, Windows/Mac compatible
  • Dimensions: 1.43″ x 1.68″ x 0.13″ (36.4mm x 42.8mm x 3.3mm) – CF Type I
  • Operating Temperature: 32° to 140°F / 0° to 60°C
  • Storage Temperature: -4° to 185°F / -20° to 85° C
  • Guarantee: lifetime warranty

Package and Accessories

The Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate 600x comes in a simple blister package that showcases the actual card on the front along with the well known Kingston leaflet design.

We can see a few more details we can see a few more details of the memory card on the rear of the package, provided in several languages. The compatible operating systems for the MediaRecovery software are also covered here.

The inside leaflet folds out but doesn’t hold much more information. Other than that, we only find the memory card in its protective casing inside the blister pack.

DimasTech Starts Indigogo Campaign for the Epic AMC Chassis

Have you ever found yourself in the situation that you had a great PC chassis, but there was just the one or two things off. The things you would have done differently if you had designed it? With DimasTech latest chassis, those thoughts might be a thing of the past.

The Advanced Modular Case or AMC for short, has the widest available customization that ends up in a total of 6400 basic combinations. Yes, you read that right, that wasn’t a typo. With 64 available dimensional options and 10 internal and 10 external colours to chose from, you can get just the right option for your next build.

DimasTech is far from a new player in the market and I’m in fact working on a system built on a DimasTech Easy V3 right now. So going the crowdsourcing way might seem a little odd at first. The reason is that DimasTech wants the users final feedback to create the best product possible as well as invest in new features such as offering Satin or Mirror Finish, anodized in several colours.

The 64 dimensions available consists of 4 height options ranging from 400 to 910mm, 4 depth options from 460mm to 750mm, and 4 width options ranging from 220 to 460mm. The availalble colour choices are white, black, grey, blue, green, pink, yellow, orange, red and bronze.

The AMC is built from 2mm aluminium, a good choice to keep the stability up and weight down while staying cost effective. And that is the material used and there won’t be any other options here, as they want to keep it consistent and equal to future additions.

The motherboard tray size is also a thing up for choice and they range from mini ITX to HPTX and Server boards. The installation is tool-free and there is plenty of room for water cooling abilities and modding options. And the customization doesn’t stop here, there will also be 6 different models of push buttons available to chose from and much more.

AMC Project Features

  • Total Aluminum Construction – Manufactured in the ITALY
  • 4 Different Motherboard Trays, from Mini-ITX to HPTX / Server Boards
  • Optimized for low Airflow and Silence Computing
  • 4 Width: 220 , 290 , 330, 460
  • 4 Height: 910, 720 , 530 , 400
  • 4 Depth: 750 , 650 , 550 , 460
  • Huge Space for Watercooling or Storage Devices
  • Simple and Effective Cable Management
  • lot of accessories in developing for improve your case usability
  • customizable side acrylic windows
  • fast removing sides
  • ThumbScrew and Thumbnuts for add or remove parts from the Case
  • Customizable Push Buttons ( 6 colors)
  • Customizable backlight color for the Front Laser Cut Logo
  • High Quality Paint Job ( powder coating)
  • USb3.0, e-sata and audio in/out

Thanks to DimasTech for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of DimasTech