Transcend Reveals JetDrive Go 500 Flash Drive

Designed specifically for Apple products such as iPads, iPhones and iPods, the new JetDrive Go 500 Flash Drive has been released not too long ago by Transcend. What makes this flash drive stand out among its peers is that it features a high-quality alloy construction that gives it a lighter feel and a more compact look when compared to previous offerings. As far as connectivity goes, the JetDrive Go 500 incorporates a USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector as well as a Lightning connector, which makes it ideal for transferring files from Apple handheld devices to regular computers and vice versa. Moreover, the JetDrive Go App eliminates potential storage space issues by allowing users to capture photos and videos directly on the JetDrive Go 500 flash drive.

Available in silver and gold versions, this product comes with a sleek alloy casing and an extended Lightning connector that ensures a plus of compatibility with oversized protective bumper cases. Performance-wise, this connector can reach transfer speeds of up to 20MB/s while the USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector can reach up to 130MB/s. Transcend’s JetDrive Go 500 is backed by a two-year limited warranty, and it was released in 32 GB and 64 GB storage versions, which means that it can definitely meet and surpass modern storage requirements.

Transcend Introduces MST800 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive

Transcend introduced a new tiny drive with a large capacity as their newest drive available now sports an impressive 1TB capacity in a standard M.2 2280 form factor module. Sadly this isn’t an NVMe drive, but the new MTS800 is still a drive that I’m sure will become very popular due to its size versus capacity.

The MTS800 would be a perfect fit for most ultrabooks and similar thin systems where you still require a large amount of local storage. It is built with MLC NAND which provides a great reliability and performance at the same time. Besides basic features such as SMART and Trim, the drive also supports Global Wear-leveling, Advanced Garbage Collection, and Device Sleep mode.

Being an SATA3 (AHCI) based drive, it does come with some limitations. The speeds are rated for up to 560MB/s reading and 460MB/s writing which still is fast. Customers who want less than 1TB can get the modules all the way to 32GB, so the MTS800 should satisfy almost any users needs.

The small form factor that M.2 is, comes with another benefit when the drives support it like this one does. I’m talking about Intel’s Smart Response Technology (ISRT) which can use an SSD as a cache between a traditional hard disk drive and the system. We know the principle from SSHDs, but they only provide a small amount of NAND buffer where this drive can give you up to 1TB.

Transcend’s MST800 series adds to the MTS400 and MTS600 M.2 SSD models which are available in 32GB to 512GB capacities. The entire MTS series is backed by a three-year limited warranty. Transcend didn’t reveal any official pricing at this time, but with an availability announcement, we’ll know soon enough when they hit the retail market.

Which is your preferred storage form factor? Do you still use the older 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factor drives or have you moved onto the NGFF such as mSATA and M.2? Let us know in the comments.

Transcend Introduces Full SLC SSD Lineup

Transcend revealed their SSD570 almost three months ago and now they’re ready with the full lineup surrounding the SSD570 SLC SSD and with most current form factors. SLC NAND has quite a few advantages over MLC and TLC NAND, but it also comes at a higher price and with less capacity. MLC NAND is used in mainstream and enthusiast drives while TLC NAND is used in the newer budget oriented drives for three times the capacity per chip used over SLC.

But Transcend’s new lineup is full of SLC drives that have the superior performance and reliability. There are normal 2.5-inch slim SSD drives and half sized case-less drives as well as mSATA and M.2 of various sizes. The 2.5-inch, half-slim, and mSATA versions come as both SATA3 and SATA2 drives while the M.2 come in two different lengths, 42 and 80 mm, but both SATA3 models and the default 22mm wide.

SLC NAND has a higher durability than MLC that is found in most consumer products and SLC can withstand up to 50,000 program and erase cycles at the same time as it can perform with up to three times the speed of MLC flash. On top of that comes a lower power consumption and error rates, making these perfect for mission critical applications.

The drives feature all the normal features such as S.M.A.R.T. function to monitor the drives health status, but they also feature more advanced features such as DevSleep. DevSleep is the newest power saving feature that sets the drive into the lowest possible power state. Transcend also added error correction code (ECC) and wear-leveling algorithms to these SLC SSDs. The final feature is necessary when we’re talking mission critical data, and that is the Power Shield function that ensures data integrity in the event of a sudden power loss.

The new line contains the SATA3 SSD570K and SATA2 SSD520 2.5-inch drives, the HSD570 SATA3 and SSD25H-S SATA2 half-slim SSDs. The SATA 2 and SATA3 mSATA SSDs are called MSA520 and MSA570 respectively while the M.2 drives are called MTS870 and MTS470.

Transcend Develops SuperMLC NAND Technology

Here I sat thinking that I knew all the terms for the different NAND technologies and then Transcend comes along with a new one that they have called SuperMLC. SuperMLC was developed as a more cost effective solution to SLC NAND with a performance that comes very close. In fact, the write performance is up to four times better than traditional MLC-based products.

Okay, I have to be honest right away and say that this technically isn’t a new form of NAND, we’re still dealing with Multi-Level Cell NAND chips. The difference comes down to how this NAND is handled by the SSD controller and its firmware. By using high-quality NAND chips and reprogramming the firmware, Transcend essentially created a cell-based RAID setup where the same data is stored in both bits in the same cell instead of having different data stored in the two. This naturally decreases the available capacity per NAND chip by half, but it also allows the drives to deliver a much better performance. In fact, the new SuperMLC has up to four times the sequential write performance when compared with traditional MLC NAND. It also brings better lifetime expectancy with up to 30,000 P/E cycles.

Transcend will release new drives based on this technology in early 2016 and they are all aimed at the enterprise sector where both initial costs and total costs of ownership really matters. That doesn’t mean that you can’t purchase these drives and use them in your personal setup, if that is something you are considering. Among the upcoming products with this brand new SuperMLC technology are a 2.5-inch SSD (SSD510K), an mSATA SSD (MSA510), a half-slim SSD (HSD510), and two M.2 SSD models. (MTS460 & MTS860).

What do you think of this way to utilize the NAND chips? Would this be an option you would be interested in, or do you prefer the normal MLC NAND for capacity or SLC NAND-based products for their reliability and performance? Let us know in the comments.

Transcend Announces SSD570 2.5″ SATA III SLC SSD

Transcend announced a new SSD and this one is designed more for industrial and embedded applications than consumer systems. The new Transcend SSD570 solid state drive is built with SLC NAND for reliability and comes with a great feature set.

The Transcend SSD570 features the normal SMART, TRIM, Garbage collection, and wear leveling features that we find in all SSDs these days, but it also comes with the newer Device Sleep mode to decrease power consumption when idle as well as IPS function to prevent loss of data. The Intelligent Power Shield (IPS) function assures more data volume being written into flash chips in the event of sudden power loss. IPS function prolongs the time before the SSD enters write protection mode at the onset of power cut-off to ensure data integrity and to prevent the SSD from damage during a sudden power failure or blackouts. The Transcend SSD570 also features built-in ECC to give it a complete feature set for its designated field of operations.

The SSD570 is built with Transcend’s own  TS6500 SSD controller and high-quality SLC NAND flash. It can perform sequential reads with up to 510MB/s and writes up to 450MB/s. The use of SLC NAND over MLC NAND should give higher stability in data retention and longer endurance as well as lower error rates.

Transcend SSD570 is available in 64GB and 128GB and backed by a three-year limited warranty.

Transcend Launches CFast 2.0 CFX700 Memory Cards

Transcend’s newest memory card may not be the largest with a capacity of just 16GB and 32GB, but it is definitely a fast one with transfer speeds of up to 530MB/s and the new Transcend CFX700 memory cards based on the new CFast 2.0 technology can be proud of that.

The new memory cards are built using SLC NAND and utilize the SATA3 interface, which is why they can perform as great as they do. The sequential read speed can reach up to 530 MB/s and the sequential write reaches 260 MB/s on the 32GB Transcend CFX700 memory card. The cards also come with a lot of features you normally find in SSDs, such as S.M.A.R.T., global wear leveling, built-in ECC functionality, and Device Sleep.

The new Transcend CFX700 series is designed for use in embedded systems where they can enhance the overall performance greatly. They are also designed to run in harsh environments and have a working temperature between  -5°C and 70°C. The memory cards provide superb performance here and would be optimal suited as a boot disk, making it a great alternative of a SSD in regards to its lower power consumption and higher portability while they still perform just as good.

Transcend’s CFast 2.0 CFX700 memory cards are available in 16GB and 32GB capacities and are backed by a three-year limited warranty. If you rather want a card with MLC NAND instead, Transcend already has that covered with the CFX600 memory cards.

 

Transcend Newest UHS-II Class 3 SD Card Performs 285MB/S

If you need a memory card that performs better than most, then you should take a closer look at the UHS-II Class 3 SD Card that Transcend just announced. The Transcend SD2U3 memory card is UHS-II U3 compliant and featuring a maximum read speed of up to 285 MB/s along with a write speed of up to 180 MB/s thanks to being built with embedded MLC flash.

The memory card will be perfect for professional photographers shooting in RAW or JPEG images and videographers filming in Full HD, 4K or 3D videos. With a performance like that, you’re assured uninterrupted consecutive shooting and smooth playback. Transcend released two different capacities of the card, a 32GB and a 64GB model.

You will, of course, need a compatible device to achieve these high speeds that the new UHS-II bus standards with a UHS Speed Class rating of 3. Transcend’s RDF9 card reader would be one option here, at least on the PC side of things. Your camera also needs to support the fast memory card.

Transcend’s SD2U3 memory card is waterproof, static proof, X-ray proof, and shockproof, and it will work in temperatures ranging from -25°C to 85°C. It also comes with built-in Error Correcting Code (ECC) and the free Transcend RecoveRx software to recover lost files on the card. The cards are also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Transcend Introduced Dual-Lens Car Video Recorder

There can be a lot of different reasons why you’ll want to record video from your car while driving. You could be a professional driver of some sort, maybe you just want to capture where you’ve been to review it later on, or even for security reasons. No matter what it might be, Transcends latest offering, the DrivePro 520 Car video Recorder, might be a good choice as it comes with plenty of features that also include a dual lens to record both what’s going on inside the car as well as in front of it.

The camera lenses are equipped with infrared LEDs for clear night view and it features a large front lens F/1.8 aperture with a 130-degree viewing angle where it can record clear and smooth 1080p videos at 30 fps. It also comes with a GPS receiver that can log GPS coordinates, date, and time directly into the footage. With the DrivePro Toolbox for Windows, you’re also able to rewatch your drive route based on the GPS coordinates and speed. The Wi-Fi connectivity allows users to view live video footage during recording, playback, as well as the ability to download videos and easily adjust DrivePro 520 settings directly from their smartphones or tablets; just don’t do it whilst driving.

The DrivePro 520 Car Video Recorder will start recording by itself when the car is turned on, so you don’t need to worry about remembering that. It also features a handy snapshot button to take still photos of moments. Bundled with the car recorder is a 32GB microSD MLC-based memory card that supports up to four hours continuous Full HD recording. The whole thing is backed by a 2-year warranty.

Transcend Announces 16GB DDR3L Memory Modules

Transcend might not be the first brand you think off when you look for memory modules, but they shouldn’t be forgotten. Something that speaks for that alone is that you’ll find Transcend memory modules in most NAS devices that use modules. Now Transcend announced another family member to their already long list of memory modules, the new 1600 Mhz U-DIMMs and SO-DIMMS with 16GB capacity and running on a low 1.35 voltage design thanks to the 1Gbx8 DRAM chips used.

The 1Gbx8 chips used help to maximize the memory capacity and optimize the use of rank number and space. The low voltage for DDR3 modules of 1.35V can help to reduce the power consumption with up to 20% compared to standard 1.5V. Maybe not something that makes the big different for a casual PC usage, but it will make a difference on large deployment and 24/7 running systems. It also helps to reduce the heat and thereby cooling needed.

The new modules are fully JEDEC compliant and undergo strenuous 64-bit kernel, single and multi-core testing to ensure that the quality is top and they carry the same Limited Lifetime Warranty that all Transcend modules do.

The 16GB DDR3L 1600 U-DIMM module has the part number TS2GLK64W6Q and the SO-DIMM module has the part number TS2GSK64W6Q. There was no word on pricing or availability yet.

Transcend Unveils DrivePro Body 10 Body Camera With Infrared LEDs

If you need that little bit of extra personal security, may it be for personal reasons or job related, then Transcend has a lot of options available. The latest addition to the security line-up is the DrivePro Body 10 that essentially does what their dash cams do, only for yourself instead of your car. Police officers and other security personnel could also benefit from these as pictures speak a thousand words.

The DrivePro Body 10 body camera features a F/2.8 aperture, a wide 160-degree viewing angle, a built-in battery, infrared LEDs for clear images at night, and a handy snapshot button on the front. You can record full-HD 1080p videos in 30fps and it doesn’t matter whether it is day or night as the infrared LEDs automatically turn on in low light conditions. Recording at night is now easier than ever before.

The built-in Li-Polymer battery has a charge of 1530 mAh and can record up to 3.5 hours of footage on a fully charged battery. It is optimally protected and IPX4 water-resistant against splash water and it also features a great shock resistance in case it should be dropped and passed the U.S. military drop-test standards.

The DrivePro Body Toolbox is a practical video file management system which simplifies the settings of the camera and video/photo files. It features a user-friendly interface

Transcend’s DrivePro Body 10 carries a two-year warranty and comes bundled with a 32GB microSDHC MLC memory card that offers consistent durability and endurance.

Transcend Introduces 8TB External Hard Drive

Transcend isn’t usually the company the we connect with large capacity hard drives but rather NAND based storage, but they also work with the mechanical drives. Their newest mechanical drive that just been introduced is the StoreJet 35T3, and it comes with a large 8TB capacity.

The new StoreJet 35T3 isn’t just a large drive, it is also a fast one. It connects through the USB 3.0 interface and is able to deliver real transfer speeds of up to 200MB/s which is pretty good for both mechanical storage as well as USB drives.

It also looks pretty nice with its simple black design and comes with the convenient one-touch backup button that we usually only know from complete NAS devices. This is a feature that can make your backup jobs a lot easier as it allows users to instantly backup and synchronize data with their notebook or desktop PC, ensuring their important data is safely stored in a secondary location.

The Transcend StoreJet 35T3 is also eco-friendly and meets the European Union ErP requirements and comes with Transcend Elite data management software that helps users manage data and increase productivity. With this convenient software, users can easily perform incremental backups, secure confidential information and much more.

There will be more capacities available besides the large 8TB version, a 3TB and a 4TB version too and they are backed by a three-year warranty.

QNAP Turbo NAS TS-453 Pro 4-Bay Enthusiast and SMB NAS Review

Introduction


Today I’m taking a look at one of QNAP’s bestsellers, the TurboStation TS-453 Pro NAS. The TS-453 Pro isn’t just an ordinary NAS and it is one that can carry the Pro label with pride. It is a powerful, reliable and scalable NAS for SMBs and power users alike.

Built around the Intel Celeron 2.0GHz quad-core processor with a burst speed of up to 2.41GHz, we know that the TS453 Pro won’t limit it on the CPU side. There is plenty of performance at its disposal to run a lot of simultaneous apps, features and functions without the risk of slow-downs or bottlenecks.

RAM wise QNAP offers two versions, the standard one with 2GB that should be sufficient for most users but also a model that comes factory equipped with 8GB RAM in two 4GB modules and that is the one that I’m having a look at today. Users can also upgrade and switch memory modules themselves and it’s as simple as sliding the top cover off.

QNAP built the TS-453 Pro with an internal power supply, a thing that has ups and down depending on how you look at it. The internal PSU allows for better distribution of the power as well as run optimized with better efficiency, whereas the external power brick seen in other devices helps when something breaks since you can replace it with a universal brick that has the right power output from your local electronics store. Since we’re dealing with a pro model from QNAP, you shouldn’t expect any failures here, but it’s still something to consider when purchasing your network storage.

Since we’re dealing with a pro model from QNAP, you shouldn’t expect any failures here, but it’s still something to consider when purchasing your network storage.

Quad-Gigabit Ethernet allows you to set up both fast and redundant connections, connect the NAS to multiple subnets at the same time, or use some of them for virtual servers. Two USB 2.0 and three USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect external storage just as peripherals like keyboard and mouse when using it at an HTPC.

You can easily expand the storage capacity when your needs grow with the UX-800P and UX-500P external enclosures. They can provide a lot more capacity with additional 8 and 5 drive bays respectively.

Thanks to the HDMI port and the ability to connect mouse and keyboard to the device as well as QNAPs awesome QvPC technology, this unit doesn’t just work as an NAS. It also allows you to to run any system from Android to Windows via the Virtualization system and use it directly as HTPC with built-in apps such as Kodi, XMBC, and Browsers.

A relative new feature on QNAP’s NAS devices is the myQNAPcloud quick setup that allows you to set up your new device in a much more convenient way. It requires the device to be connected, but other than that you just need to either scan the QR-Code or navigate to the mentioned URL in and enter your code manually. Follow a few steps and enter your details and the system is ready to use.

There’s also a sticker on the top that will help you identify what drive bay is which so you easier know what bay the operating system is referring too. This and the quick-setup are both things that you primarily need when first connecting it, so you can remove the stickers once done – or leave them for later convenience.

Security is always an important factor to consider, after all the device will store all your precious data. QNAP added locks to all four drive bays to prevent sticky fingers from running away with the drives thanks to them being so easily swappable and you find an option for a Kensington Lock on the rear of the unit.

The TS-453 Pro provides numerous security options, such as encrypted access, IP blocking, and more. It has also been validated with military-level FIPS 140-2 AES 256-bit encryption so people won’t be able to access your actual data even though they should get hands on your drives. Antivirus is also part of the deal so you don’t get nasty small buggers nesting in your data.

Intrusion and theft are just one part of security, but QNAP has it all covered. You find plenty of options for local and remote backup of your files, both privately and to the public cloud. You can also synchronize and backup your files across all sorts of platforms, from smartphones to workstations and servers.

The display on the front allows you to easily get an overview of the device’s status, temperatures, fan speeds and important information such as network settings and configurations.

The units weight is about 4 kilo and that will make it stand great and secure on the 4 large feet that are fitted with rubber to absorb additional vibrations from either side.

A pro-model also requires great drive trays, and QNAP doesn’t disappoint here either. The four drive trays are made from solid steel with a plastic front. They are individually lockable for added security and to prevent you from accidentally ejecting them. the latches have no spring inside as sometimes seen on drive trays, but whether that’s a good or bad thing is really down to everyone’s personal taste.

Included in the package is everything you need to get started. The proper power cable for your geographical location, two LAN cables, two keys for the drive bays, and 16 screws to mount either 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives. There’s also a small ‘getting started’ guide to help you get going with everything and if it should be your first NAS.

The QvPC technology previously mentioned allows you to use your NAS as much more than just a central storage location, you can run virtual systems such as Windows, Linux, Unix, and Android, directly access all aspects of your NAS’ configuration, use it as a HTPC to watch movies, stream music, and surf the internet.

The Hybrid Station makes it all possible and you’ll get familiar interfaces from Firefox and Chrome, over XMBC to YouTube and Spotify. You can also monitor your security cameras in live feeds and connect your IoT devices.

This unit is so much more than NAS, it’s something that has to be experienced first hand to fully grasp the amount of possibilities you have.

Next to all these advanced functions, QNAP’s TS-453 Pro also covers all the basic functions such as FTP, Web, Radius, VPN, and Print servers, but also real-time and offline HD file transcoding and you can control the HybridDesk Station with the optional remote control. Streaming to media players and devices is also supported and so much more. It’s hard to cover every single aspect of such a unit.

It’s hard to cover every single aspect of such a unit, you can keep exploring new apps and find new uses for it for months.

Transcend Announces 256GB JetDrive Lite Expansion Cards

Transcend has a very long list of peripherals and parts designed for the different MacBook series, allowing you to seamlessly expand your storage and at times don’t even see that you did. The JetDrive Lite series of Expansions cards is now available up to 256GB to instantly expands the storage capacity of your MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air series.

Transcend’s new JetDrive Lite cards are tailor-made to have a flush profile with each specific Mac notebook model and are optimized for the compatibility as well. The low-profile JetDrive Lite will not stick out like an SD card and can be left in place for on-the-go storage. A 256GB model could for example store over 120,000 high-resolution photos or 64,000 MP3 files.

The Transcend JetDrive Lite expansion cards are made with top-tier MLC NAND and can deliver a transfer speed of up to 95MB/s reading and 60MB/s writing. This might not be world-record speeds, but it sure beats the Class10 SD cards that you can plug into most notebooks. Built-in error correction code helps to keep your files safe and the cards also feature sophisticated wear-leveling algorithm for a long lifetime. The cards themselves are also built to be completely resistant to both dust and water.

The JetDrive Lite 130/350/360 expansion cards are available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB while JetDrive Lite 330 cards are offered in 64GB and 128GB capacities. All Transcend memory cards come backed with a limited lifetime warranty.

Thecus N5810 Pro Zero-Crash 5-Bay High-Performance NAS Review

Introduction


Thecus have created a new NAS that is something just a little bit special, if not a lot of special. It looks pretty normal on the surface, but it comes packed full of great features, plenty of storage abilities, and with connectivity options as they’re rarely seen.

The new Thecus Zero-Crash N5810 Pro isn’t your everyday NAS, it is one that comes with superior performance, unmatched security, and with built-in mini-UPS. The N5810 Pro is a 5-bay unit and this is an NAS form-factor that is increasing in popularity due to the option for an extra hot-spare, or just the extra capacity.

Let us dive right into the hardware specification, because they are worth highlighting. At the core of the unit we find an Intel Celeron J1900 quad-core SoC processor with 2GHz and the N5810 Pro comes equipped with 4GB DDR3 RAM right out the box. You don’t need to worry about having to upgrade your NAS right away with that kind of RAM, it is easily enough to run all the apps and service you want at the same time.

Where other NAS devices come with two and sometimes four LAN ports, Thecus added one extra and equipped this unit with a total of five Gigabit Ethernet ports. There is full support for all types of Link Aggregation and Fail-over, leaving the setup completely up to you. Maximum performance, redundancy, or you could even use it as an access point if you wanted to.

It has three USB 3.0 ports where one of them is located on the front for quick and easy backups. The last two are on the rear side with the rest of the connections such as two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port, and a Line-Out 3.5mm audio jack.

Thecus equipped the N5810 Pro with an internal 130W power supply. I really like the use of internal power supplies over the external power bricks, although the bricks are easier to replace if they should fail. Thecus also thought about that and made the PSU removable from the rear of the unit. It isn’t as easy as getting a new universal AC/DC adapter, but it’s close.

Another really awesome feature in this high-end NAS is the built-in mini-UPS with a removable battery. Again you save yourself having to get another piece of hardware and find room to place it near the NAS. You also save yourself the connecting and setting it up as everything is built-in. If the NAS should lose power, it will safely shut down without loss or corruption of your data. You can define the settings whether it should stay off or resume where it left off once the power is back.

The N5810 Pro NAS is placed on four large rubber feet that prevent any vibration from the mechanical hard drives to move onto whatever piece of furniture the NAS is placed on. They lift the unit far enough off the ground that it also has some extra air vents on the bottom that help to draw in more fresh and cold air for the system. The stickers with serial and product numbers are hidden away on the bottom if you should need those.

Security is an ever-growing issue and Thecus has this side of things handled with both their choice hardware, software and the physical build. Thecus has partnered with McAfee and bundled their Antivirus with the unit to keep the NAS save from itself. Those who prefer the private connections don’t need to worry either as the NAS fully supports VPN connections with the built-in server module.

Keeping the files safe means more than just to protect them from viruses and malware, and Thecus also has all the other sides of the story covered. The N5810 Pro supports scheduled Rsync backups and also comes bundled with Acronis True Image software for advanced one-click protection. Snapshot backup is equally supported with BTRFS support for subvolumes and easy rollback or restoration.

Those who wish to store their backup in the cloud are covered with support for DropBox, Amazon S3, and ElephantDrive. If that still isn’t enough, Thecus also supports data burn directly to CD, DVD, and Blu-ray disks with Data Burn. You can also choose to just ‘burn’ ISO files as another way of backing up your files. You can even clone entire disks with the NAS.

The five drive caddies can all be locked individually and Thecus included a total of four keys with this unit. Enough for even the most clumsy people that forget or lose them. The caddie’s base is built from steel and covered with a plastic encasing that holds the locking system and two LEDs. Thecus places padding inside the caddies to prevent damage to your drives and possible short-outs from the PCB touching the caddy. They support both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives, so you’re covered no matter what drive you want to use, whether it’s small or big hard disks or even solid state drivers.

Thecus also built in a LCM display with four buttons on the front: enter, escape, up, and down. This not only allows you to view the current configuration, but also change settings. Not to worry, you’ll have to enter a password via the buttons in order to access that part.

Mobile connectivity is also supported with the T-OnTheGo and T-Dashboard apps. When I read those names I always think of Telecom first, but the T stands for Thecus in this case. You can connect from your iOS or Android device for up and downloading files, streaming media, or just to keep an eye on the device itself.

You can even turn the N5810 Pro into a direct multimedia hub for your living toom with the built-in HDMI. Connect it directly to your TV for device management, web browsing with Flash support, and also the most important function, HD video playback. No need to watch your movies on the PC monitor or have an extra HTPC running, just use your NAS. It also features a line-out connection to get the sound out to other devices if your monitor doesn’t have built-in speakers.

Transcend Unveils UHS-I Speed Class 3 MicroSD Cards for High-Speed Recordings

Transcend released the new SDXC/SDHC UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) 633x microSD memory cards. The new microSD cards are based on MLC NAND and can reach transfer speeds of up to 95MB per second while offering optimum protection and a capacity up to 64GB, ideal for recording with action cameras or other high-speed capture devices.

The write speeds don’t go as far as the read speeds, but still come in at a very impressive 85MB/s, and that’s the relevant item when recording. It should easily be enough for capturing smooth 3D or 4K content and easily deal with Full HD videos speed-shots. Older devices that don’t support the UHS-I specification are still compatible, and Transcend’s SDXC/SDHC UHS-I U3 card can still offer constant write speeds of at least 10MB/s.

There is a good chance that your device will give out long before the card does as it can operate at temperatures between -25°C to 85°C, it’s waterproof, static proof, x-ray proof and shock proof. It also comes with built-in error correcting code (ECC). Transcend also bundles the RecoveRx software with the card, allowing the user to easily rescue deleted files by searching the NAND.

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All Transcend memory cards are fully tested for compatibility and reliability and the UHS-I U3 (633X) microSD cards are offered in 32GB and 64GB capacities and carry Transcend’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Thanks to Transcend for providing us with this information

Transcend Releases DrivePro 220 Car Video Recorder

Car safety is a hot topic and car video recorders are part of it. Transcend announced the release of its DrivePro 220 Car Video Recorder with built-in GPS receiver, Wi-Fi connectivity, a large F/1.8 aperture, a wide 130° viewing angle, battery, and a G-sensor emergency recording function. It really sounds like Transcend has it all covered.

The F/1.8 aperture adjusts automatically for light conditions to get clear 1080p 30fps recordings during both day and night time and the 130° viewing angle makes sure you capture everything in front of you. The built-in battery and sensors allow the DrivePro 220 to record 30 seconds of video after power loss and on sudden impact like during a collision. It can also be manually set to record up to 30 minutes of video on the built-in battery.

The GPS receiver can log GPS coordinates, date, and time into the video footage and help you in case of an incident. Not only can you look up your precise location for emergency road service to find you, but it can also be used on a PC at a later time to view your entire travel history, speeds, time, and date.

The built-in camera can also be used with the Lane Departure Warning System and Forward Collision Warning System for extra safety. It monitors the lane markings and can warn you about speed limits, when the vehicle starts to deviate from its lane, or gets too close to the car in front of you. Additionally you can set it to protect your car while it’s being parked by automatic start recording on movement or impact.

The Transcend DrivePro 220 car video recorder comes bundled with a 16GB microSDHC memory card and is backed by a two-year warranty. There was no official MSRP given, but I found the video recorder at one shop for €122, but out of stock.

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Transcend Released MP710 Digital Music Player, Recorder and Fitness Tracker

Smartphones can do it all, but they’re not always the best choice. For music and fitness lovers, the phone might have to limited battery time and for those Transcend released the Black and White MP710 digital music player.

Next to the music player it has some built-in functions to keep track of your fitness progress. You can set workout times, calories limits, number of steps or the distance traveled as goals and to be notified when those goals are reached and it works with a built-in G-Sensor step counter. A simple but effective method.

One of the advantages of such a device is the increased battery time compared to your smart phone. The MP710 can deliver 42 hours of music playback on a single charge. It has 8GB storage and a 2-inch full colour TFT display that should be viewable even in bright sunlight.

It also doubles as a voice recorder, line-in recorder and comes with built-in FM radio. You can scheduled recording of radio broadcasts or use it for interviews with up to 28 hours continuous use while the A-B repeat function will help you when you have to write down a transcript of the recorded audio.

The Transcend MP710 comes backed by a two-year warranty and as either black or white model. At the time of writing it can be had at Amazon for £41.99.

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Transcend Launched DDR4 Memory Module Series

Transcend launched their DDR4 memory module series including 2133 MHz UDIMMs, RDIMMs, ECC-DIMMs and ECC SO-DIMMs, which are fully compatible with the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 server family processor, Haswell-E CPU with X99 chipset and micro servers. The new modules offer varying capacity depending on model ranging from 4GB to 32GB and up to 17GB/s of memory bandwidth.

The Very Low Profile (VLP) RDIMMs are a nice thing to see, removing any compatibility issues due to size. They measure just 0.74 inches in height, perfect for use in high-end space-constrained platforms such as blade servers. Both the ECC SO-DIMMs and VLP RDIMMs help lower cooling costs by significantly improving chassis airflow and memory heat dissipation thanks to the reduced vertical footprint.

Transcend’s DDR4 memory modules are fully compliant with JEDEC standards and undergo strenuous 64 bit kernel, single-core, and multi-core testing to ensure the best quality possible. All DDR4 models carry Transcend’s Lifetime Warranty.

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Transcend Launches 256GB SDXC UHS-I Class 3 for 3D and 4K Video Recording

Transcend announced the launch of a 256GB capacity SDXC UHS-I card with full support for the Ultra High Speed Class 3 (U3) specification. The card is able to reach read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 60MB/s respectively while giving you a lot of space for all your 3D, 4K and Full HD recordings.

The Transcend SDXC cards are now available starting from 64GB cards and moving up through the 128GB and now the 256GB has been added, a size to fit almost every usage scenario. All the cards ensure that your video won’t be cut off due to the exFAT support that won’t limit you to a maximum of 4GB file-size. While the max speed is rated to 95MB/s while reading, the guaranteed minimum speed when writing is what matters when recording digital video. The UHS-I Class 3 specification guarantees a minimum of 30MB/s, but Transcend’s new card can do double that with its 60MB/s write speeds. This is due to the use of top-quality MLC flash chips. The cards are also backward compatible as SD Speed Class 10 that ensures a constant speed of at least 10MB/s, easy enough for Full HD video recording.

For added value, Transcend’s exclusive RecoveRx software features a user-friendly interface that allows users to search deep within a storage device for traces of erased files that can be rescued; the files include digital photos, documents, music and videos. With just a few mouse clicks, users can easily recover virtually any type of digital files. Moreover, RecoveRx supports SD Card Formatting and Data Protection functions, providing the ultimate convenience to manage any memory card.

With Transcend’s Lifetime Warranty, the SDXC UHS-I U3 cards look to be a great investment. The MSRP is set to $49 for the 64GB, $109 for the 128GB, and $289 for the 256GB capacities and should be available now.

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Transcend Introduce Complete Apple Solutions Series of Storage

Transcend introduces the complete Apple Solutions series, including the JetDrive SSD Upgrade Kit, JetDrive Lite Expansion Cards and StoreJet for Mac. The product series features fast transfer rates and large storage space while complementing the Mac’s style with their simple and elegant design.

The JetDrive SSD Upgrade kit features excellent performance over the SATA3 interface with speeds up to 560MB/s and in a wide range of capacities of up to 960GB. They’re designed to easily upgrade MacBook systems and come with the JetDrive Toolbox monitor software. Since this is a kit and not just a solid state drive, it comes with an external USB 3.0 aluminium enclosure and all the tools necessary to do the upgrade allowing you to transform the old factory installed drive into an external storage device.

JetDrive Lite Expansion Cards are aimed at MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air users. They are offered in four different models that are tailor-made to fit the profile and not stick out like a memory card. The Expansion cards come in 64GB and 128GB capacities, which would be enough to store about 60K high-resolution photos of 32-hours of 1080p video. The JetDrive Lite cards are made with MLC flash chips and have a transfer rate up to 95MB/s and come with built-in ECC and Wear-Level function to ensure a long life and reliability. The JDL is also manufactured using the COB technique, providing excellent dust and water resistance.

The StoreJet for Mac (SJM) series consists of the SJM100 and SJM300 Portable Hard Drives, and the SJM500 Portable SSD to offer a combination of storage space and fast data transfer speeds. All three drives come formatted in HFS+ and with Time Machine support for simple plug and play and the Transcend Elite software for encryption and management.

The SJM100 portable USB 3.0 hard drive meets rigorous U.S. military drop-test standards, offering maximum shock-absorption and is available with up to 2TB of storage space. The SJM300 Portable Hard Drive & SJM500 Portable Solid State Drive not only come with the USB3 connector but also a Thunderbolt as well, allowing for even more connectivity options and faster speeds. The HDD is available up to 2TB while the SSD is offered from 256GB to 1TB capacity.

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Transcend Introduces New Line of Portable Storage for Mac

Transcend has announced the launch of their StoreJet for Mac series of external drives. These new drives are designed with Macs in mind and come preformatted HFS+ and fully support Time Machine for simple plug and play. The SJM100 and SJM300 are Portable Hard Drives while the SJM500 is a Portable Solid State Drive. A complete line-up with both large capacities and rapid transfer speeds.

The SJM100 is a USB 3.0 Hard Drive with military-grade data protection. The drive meets the rigorous U.S. military drop-test standards and has a slip-resistant silicone casing that is reinforced by an internal hard drive suspension damper. This design should absorb a maximum of shock damage. This drive will be available with 2TB storage, enough for 512 hours of Full HD video. Another added feature is the One-touch auto-backup button that works together with the Transcend Elite software. Once configured, all you need to do is press a button to backup and synchronize your files.

The SJM300 is an altered version of the SJM100 that features a Thunderbolt port and cable instead of the extra shock resistance. The SJM500 is a portable USB 3.0 SSD with UASP support as well as a Thunderbolt port. The specifications list a performance up to 440MB/s while reading and the SSD will be available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities.

All three drives come with a three-year warranty and of course also support other operating systems, it just requires a re-format.

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Transcend Introduces the CFast 2.0 CFX650/600 Memory Cards for 4K Video Recordings

Transcend has just announced its latest addition to its memory card series, the CFast 2.0 CFX650 and CFX600, designed specifically to meed professional high-end 4K cinematography needs. The company has split the two into different sections and needs, having the CFX650 card featuring the fastest transfer speeds while the CFX600 features the highest storage capacity.

The company states that the CFX650/600 feature the next generation CFast 2.0 specification, having support for SATA III interface. The CFX650 is stated to boast the most remarkable read and write speeds, having the values marked as being 510 MB/s for read and 370 MB/s for write. If speed is not an issue in the current line of work, then the CFX600 is said to provide the highest capacity in order to capture all required 4K videos without worrying about how much free space is left on the drive, having a storage space of up to 512GB.

Both the CFX650 and CFX600 have support for the latest cameras and camcorders, providing 4K UHD resolution support (3840 x 2160 pixels) which offers 4x the pixel resolution compared to a normal Full HD 1080p video recording. Thanks to this, the resulting shots will deliver more vivid images with a wide-range of nuances and details. Transcend has stated that the “memory cards are fast enough to record high-resolution videos and meet the demands of high-speed 4K video recording”, while also increasing “the workflow efficiency of the professional cinematographers shooting high-resolution Full HD and 4K UHD videos”. In addition to the latter, the CFX650/600 come with a built-in ECC technology, providing automatic error detection and correction of transfer errors, enhancing overall reliability.

Transcend is said to throw in a free download of the company’s exclusive RecoveRx photo recovery software to all CFX650/600 customers, allowing them to effectively recover accidentally deleted or lost files from Transcend storage and multimedia products.

In terms of pricing, Transcend is said to have priced the 128GB CFX650 memory card at $499 and the 250GB at $949, while the CFX600 is stated to have the 128GB version priced at $249, the 256GB at $499 and the 512GB at $949.

Transcend Unveils its ESD400 Portable Solid State Drives Featuring Up To 1TB Capacity

Transcend has announced its SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive, featuring up to 1 TB capacity, high transfer speeds of up to 410 MB/s read and 380 MB/s write, as well as an extra durable and compact design.

The company states that the mentioned external SSD solution is suitable for all types of data, including high-resolution multimedia files and applications, photos, documents and so on, thanks to its large storage capacity, ranging from 120 GB up to 1 TB. Also, the UASP support is said to provide significantly faster performance along with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology.

The absence of moving parts is said to also enhance the ESD400, having it run cooler and withstand grater shock and vibrations compared to other conventional portable hard disk solutions. Measuring in at 92 x 62 x 10.5 mm and weighing in at 56g, the ESD400 could fit in a pocket, having a small and light construction while also providing durability and reliability. Transcend has even stated to provide a hang travel pouch in order to protect the drive’s case during transportation.

In addition to the latter, Transcend is said to include a free download of the exclusive Transcend Elite data management tool, providing an easy way to perform incremental backups, secure confidential information and much more. The company also added the One Touch auto-backup button to the ESD400, enabling customers to instantly backup and synchronise data from a notebook or desktop.

Transcend is said to provide the ESD400 in capacities of 128 GB and up to 1 TB, having stated a recommended price for each of them based on capacity. The 128 GB version is stated to come with a price tag of $109, while 256 GB version has been given a price of $189, followed by the 512 GB at $349 and finally the 1TB version at $699, all coming with a 3-year limited warranty.

Transcend Announces its Latest M.2 Solid State Disk Series

Transcend has just announced its latest M.2 Solid State Disk lineup featuring a next generation SATA III 6 GB/s MTS, up to 512 GB and ultra compact dimensions.

The company states that the latest M.2 SSD lineup comes in three M.2 form factors, namely Type 2242 for the MTS400, Type 2260 for the MTS 600 and Type 2280 for the MTS800 respectively. While all three variations have the same width and thickness, the height can be deduced from the SSD’s type. Therefore, the MTS400, MTS600 and MTS800 measure in at 42/60/80 mm x 22 mm x 3.5 mm.

In terms of specifications, the MTS400 offers up to 256 GB, while the MTS600 and MTS800 offer up to 512 GB respectively. The storage solutions feature a powerful Transcend TS6500 controller, a DDR3 DRAM cache, as well as read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and write speeds of up to 310 MB/s.

Transcend has also stated that the M.2 SSD lineup comes with full support for the SATA Device Sleep Mode, or DevSleep, in addition to Intel’s Smart Response Technology (ISRT). Having both technologies present, Transcend is looking to provide a battery saving and fast booting hard disk solution. This is achievable by completely powering off the SATA interface when it is no longer required, while also having an outstanding response time of 20 ms, offering instant-on capabilities.

Other features present in the M.2 SSD lineup consist of TRIM and NCQ support, built-in EEC, wear levelling and intelligent block management, as well as enhanced S.M.A.R.T. commands, power shield mechanism and excellent shock resistance.

The company is said to offer a three-year warranty for all M.2 SSDs, while the price range varies depending on capacity. Therefore, the 32 GB version is said to have been priced at $39, the 64 GB version at $59, the 128 GB at $99 and the 256 GB at $169. As stated previously, the MTS600/800 also comes in the 512 GB version, which the company associated a price of $319.