Flash fantastic: LaCie FastKey USB 3.0 120GB review

The FastKey is what you get when a company goes all out to make the fastest flash memory possible. Boasting an extremely fast microcontroller as well as DRAM to cache transfers it can hit speeds that will put many hard drives to shame. The value of the DRAM cache really showed in our small file…

The backup sweet spot: Western Digital My Book Essential 3TB review

Coming in the now familiar ‘book’ aesthetic common to Western Digital’s desktop drives this 3TB monster among the most affordable of the 3TB drives on the market with a street price of around $239. That’s a great deal for a drive that comes with some very useful software and is one of the best looking…

Very flexible: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB USB 3.0 review

The FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB USB 3.0 is the desktop variant of the GoFlex Ultra-portable and it boasts the same GoFlex technology: the base of the drive can be detached and replaced with one that supports eSATA FireWire or Thunderbolt. None of those will likely improve the performance of the drive although they may make…

Impregnable? Buffalo MiniStation USB 3.0 1TB review

Although hardware encryption was once a common feature in external hard drives it appears most drive vendors have largely abandoned it in lieu of software solutions. Not so Buffalo. Many of its external drives (including this one) come with integrated 256-bit AES full disk encryption. If encryption is enabled the drive initially appears in Windows…

Retro looks, killer features: AVM Fritz!Box Fon WLAN 7390 & Fritz!Fon MT-F review

Most impressive of all is the huge variety of devices and standards supported by the Fritz!Box – rather than evaluate what this product can do it’d be easier to figure out what it can’t do.Fully armed for VoIP it’s also a DECT base station and can connect to a maximum of six handsets. Doing so…

3D upgraded: ASUS VG278H review

The current 3D craze has been chugging along since Avatar showed its potential in 2009 but we’re still not totally convinced by the technology. The problem is that the stereoscopic method used in homes is worlds apart from the polarised method used in cinemas and brings several problems along for the ride. ASUS hopes to…