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By Team HardwareZone - 25 Nov 2018

Storage

Asustor

The Asustor AS-1002T is an entry-level NAS powered by a 1GHz dual-core Marvell processor and supports up to two SATA drives. It is priced at just $166.

The Asustor AS3102T supports up to 2 SATA drives and is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor. It is going for $304.

 

Kingston

There are loads of affordable SATA-based SSDs to be found at the show. The Kingston SSDNow is available in 120GB and 240GB capacities points and is priced at $34.50 and $76 respectively.

 

LaCie

The LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive is probably the most stylish external HDD we saw at the show. Availabe in 4TB, it is priced at $159 (U.P $189).

If you like your storage device big and fast, it doesn't get much better than the LaCie 2big Thunderbolt 2. It features two Thunderbolt 2 ports and offers transfer speeds of up to 420MB/s. It has 12TB of storage and it is going for $1,179.

 

Promise Technology

The Pegasus R6 is a 6-bay hardware RAID enclosure. It supports up to 6 SATA drives and can be configured in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, or 10. It features two Thunderbolt ports and supports speeds of up to 800MB/s. It is going for just $180, a great deal less than its usual price of $1,200!

 

QNAP

The QNAP TS-328 is a 3-bay NAS configured in RAID 5 for better performance and security. It is powered by a quad-core Realtek processor running at 1.4GHz and supports 4K H.264/H.265 hardware decoding and real-time transcoding. You can even boost performance by adding an SSD cache. It is going for $379 (U.P $433).

 

Samsung

The Samsung Portable SSD X5 is the company's latest portable external SSD and it supports Thunderbolt 3. With Thunderbolt 3 support comes prodigious speeds. Since Thunderbolt 3 has a maximum bandwidth of 40Gbps, the Portable SSD X5 will support read speeds of up to 2,800MB/s and write speeds of up to 2,300MB/s. The 500GB drive is priced at $539 (U.P $559) and will come with a free Samsung 22-inch monitor. The 1TB drive is $979 (U.P $999) and will come with a free Samsung 27-inch curved monitor. The 2TB drive is $1,949 (U.P $1,999) and will come with a free Samsung 34-inch curved monitor.

Check out our coverage of the Samsung Portable SSD X5 here.

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is a compact, stylish, and fast portable external SSD. Available in 250GB ($119), 500GB ($209), 1TB ($459), and 2TB ($899). The 250GB model comes with a free Steelseries Rival 100 mouse, while 500GB comes with a free  Steelseries Rival 100 mouse and leather pouch. The 1TB model gets a free $100 voucher and a can of New Moon Locos. Finally, the 2TB model comes with a free Samsung VR7000 POWERbot robotic vacuum cleaner.

Check out our review of the Samsung Portable SSD T5 here.

The Samsung SSD 860 Pro is powered by the in-house MJX controller and has improved endurance and 5-year long warranty. Available in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. Prices are as follows for the 2.5-inch form factor drive: 256GB ($149), 512GB ($269), 1TB ($549), and 2TB ($1,099). The 256GB and 512GB drives will come with a free $20 voucher, the 1TB drive will come with a free $50 voucher and a can of New Moon abalone, the 2TB drive will come with a free Samsung C480W printer.

The new Samsung SSD 860 Evo also has improved endurance and comes with a 5-year long warranty. Available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities. Prices are as follows for the 2.5-inch form factor drive: 250GB ($89), 500GB ($149), 1TB ($329), 2TB ($699), and 4TB ($1,299). The 250GB drive will come with a free $20 voucher, the 500GB drive will come with a free $30 voucher, the 1TB drive will come with a free $50 voucher, the 2TB drive will come with a $50 voucher and a can of New Moon abalaone, and finally, the 4TB drive will come with a free Samsung 22-inch monitor.

 

SanDisk

The SanDisk SSD Plus 480GB is one of the most affordable half-TB SSDs that we found. It is going for just $108.

 

Seagate

The Seagate Backup Plus Hub is a desktop drive with an integrated USB hub that has two USB 3.0 ports that you can use to charge your mobile devices. The 4TB drive is $149 (U.P $269), while the 6TB, 8TB, and 10TB drives are $219 (U.P $399), $299 (U.P $499), and $389 (U.P $599) respectively. All purchases will come with a 2-month membership of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan.

Portable external SSDs are all the rage now and here's the Seagate Fast SSD. Available in 250GB ($129), 500GB ($199), 1TB ($459), 2TB ($939). All purchases will come with a 2-month membership of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan and carrying case.

If you are looking to build a high-capacity NAS system, be sure to check out Seagate's Guardian series for drives. Available in various capacities from 1TB all the way to 14TB. You can get bigger savings from the higher capacity drives. The 14TB drive is $717 (U.P $769), the 12TB drive is $583 (U.P $629), the 10TB drive is $424 (U.P $459).

 

Strontium

The Strontium Nitro is one of the most affordable SD cards we found. The 16GB Nitro is $8.50, 32GB is $11.90, and 64GB is $21.90.

 

Synology

The Synology DiskStation DS218+ is 2-bay NAS designed for mainstream users. It can do wireless backups and can synchronize files across your devices using Synology's Cloud Station Suite. Mobile apps allow your mobile devices to quickly and safely access files stored on the drive. You can get it with two WD 4TB drives for $741 (U.P $885).

The Synology DS418 is a 4-bay NAS that is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Realtek RTD1296 processor. It offers real-time 4K H.265 video transcoding and can do wireless backups and can synchronize files across your devices using Synology's Cloud Station Suite. The barebones system is going for $579 (U.P $611).

 

Transcend

The Transcend SSD220S is one of the most affordable SSDs we found at the show. The 120GB version is just $25, while the 250GB and 480GB versions are just $69 and $119 respectively. Perfect for breathing life into an aging system.

 

WD

The WD My Passport Wireless SD features 802.11ac so it can stream directly to any Wi-Fi-enabled device. It also features a built-in SD card reader and with its one-touch copy feature, it can immediately backup content on it without a computer. Finally, it features a rubber bumper for additional protection. Available in 500GB ($499), 1TB ($859), and 2TB ($1,359) capacities. All purchases will come with a free SanDisk microSDXC card and Takashimaya vouchers.

The WD My Passport comes in various colors and is available in 1TB ($75), 2TB ($109), and 4TB ($149) capacities. The 2TB drive comes with a free Fujitsu gaming mouse while the 4TB drive will come with a free power bank. All purchases will also come with free 1-year data recovery service and a carrying pouch.

Wary about online cloud storage services? Setup your own with the WD My Cloud Home drives. The WD My Cloud is available in 4TB ($269), 6TB ($359), and 8TB ($449). All purchases will also come with a free Fujitsu gaming mouse and free 1-year data recovery service.

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