plextor_px-256m5p_ssd.pngToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of Plextor's new 256GB M5 Pro Series SSD, the PX-256M5P. Powered by Plextor's True Speed technology, this 7mm thick SSD uses high quality components like Marvell's new 88SS9187 controller chip and Toshiba's 19nm Toggle NAND flash to deliver up to 540MB/s read and 450MB/s write speeds as well as a maximum of 86,000 4KB random write IOPS. The M5 Pro also features an enterprise-grade double-data protection system to protect the integrity and confidentiality of your data. This system includes 256-bit AES encryption as well as Plextor's new True Protect technology, which ensures that data is stored and retrieved without error.

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sandisk_extreme_usb_drive.pngCDRLabs kicks off the week with a review of SanDisk's first USB 3.0 flash drive, the Extreme. Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, this new flash drive sports a compact, slim design and is capable of delivering up to 190MB/s sequential read and 170MB/s sequential write speeds. The Extreme is also covered by a lifetime limited warranty and ships with SanDisk's SecureAccess software, which protects files against unauthorized access by creating an encrypted, password-protected folder, or "vault," on the drive.

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ocz_vertex_4_drive.pngCDRLabs has taken an in depth look at OCZ's 256GB Vertex 4 solid state drive. Available in capacities ranging from 64GB up to 512GB, the Vertex 4 is based on OCZ's Indilinx Everest 2 controller platform and offers features like TRIM support, dynamic wear-leveling, AES-256 encryption and Ndurance 2.0 technology, which extends the life of NAND flash well beyond its manufacturer rated specifications. The Vertex 4 is also equipped with 25nm synchronous MLC NAND and an extra large DRAM cache to deliver up to 560MB/s read and 510MB/s write speeds as well as a maximum of 120,000 IOPS.

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samsung_se-218bb_drive.pngToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of Samsung's new external slim DVD writer, the SE-218BB. While measuring a mere 14mm in height, this lightweight drive is capable of 8x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 6x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. The SE-218BB is also USB powered and features support for Samsung's AV connectivity technology. When in AV connectivity mode, the drive can be plugged into a USB port on a TV, tablet or other AV device and used to play back the music, pictures and videos stored on a CD or DVD.

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kingston_dte30_closed.pngCDRLabs kicks off the week with a review of Kingston's latest USB 3.0 flash drive, the DataTraveler Elite 3.0. Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, this new, economical flash drive is capable of reading at 70 MB/s and writing at 30 MB/s when plugged into a USB 3.0 port. The DataTraveler Elite 3.0 also features a cap-less, tri-colored design with a slider and is backed by a five-year warranty.

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lg_bh14ns40_drive.pngToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of LG's first 14x Blu-ray Disc rewriter, the BH14NS40. This new Super Multi Blue drive is capable of 14x BD-R, 12x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH and 2x BD-RE writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 12x. The BH14NS40 also offers support for 3 and 4-layer BDXL media as well as Millenniata's M-DISC technology which uses an inorganic rock-like material to provide up to 1000 years of permanent data storage.

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kingston_hyperx_3k_ssd.pngCDRLabs has taken an in depth look at Kingston's new HyperX 3K solid state drive. Designed with enthusiasts and gamers in mind, this cost-effective alternative to the original HyperX is powered by LSI's SandForce SF-2281 processor and features a SATA 6GB/s interface and DuraClass technology. The HyperX 3K also uses premium 3,000 P/E cycle synchronous NAND flash to deliver up to 555MB/s read and 510MB/s write transfer rates and a maximum of 74,000 4KB random write IOPS. 

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ocz_vertex_3_35_ssd.pngToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of OCZ's 120GB Vertex 3 3.5" solid state drive. Available in capacities ranging from 120GB up to 480GB, this desktop-ready SSD is powered by LSI's SandForce SF-2282 processor and features a SATA 6GB/s interface as well as native TRIM support. The Vertex 3 3.5" also uses 25nm synchronous MLC NAND flash to deliver up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write transfer rates and a maximum of 85,000 4KB random write IOPS.

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plextor_plexeasy.pngCDRLabs has taken an in depth look at Plextor's latest portable DVD writer, the PlexEasy. This compact, USB-powered drive is capable of 8x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 6x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. The PlexEasy is more than just a portable DVD writer though. Along with a built-in card reader and USB port, the drive features a special stand-alone mode that lets users connect a variety of devices and burn photos and other media directly to disc without a PC.

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kingston_svp200_ssd.pngCDRLabs finishes up the week with a review of Kingston's 90GB SSDNow V+200 solid state drive. Designed to meet the needs of both business and home users, the V+200 combines exceptional quality and performance with an affordable price. The drive is powered by LSI's SandForce SF-2281 processor and features a SATA 6GB/s interface, automatic encryption and DuraClass technology. The V+200 also uses asynchronous NAND flash to deliver up to 535MB/s read and 485MB/s write speeds as well as a maximum of 60,000 4KB random write IOPS.

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