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Buffalo 256GB SSD with 6GBps SATA interface

Posted in Buffalo by Reuben Drake on May 26th, 2011

Buffalo has unveiled a new, 256GB SSD. The company’s SSD-N256S/MC400 has a SATA 6Gbps interface, supports multi-level cell NAND Flash memory and will deliver read and write speeds of up to 405 MB/s and 223 MB/s, respectively.

Not bad. Not bad. Wait, they want how much? ¥72,200 (or $882). I’ll just buy a faster SSD for less money. Thanks anyway.

Brando’s Triple SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

This dock is triple the SATA, triple the fun. Not triple the price. This Triple SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock from Brando will let you plug any 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA hard drive into your computer via a USB port at the same time.

The device also serves as a 2-port USB hub and a multi-card reader. The Brando Triple SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock is compatible with both Mac and PC. It’s only $55.

USB 3.0-to-SATA adapter gives your HDD super speed

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

You will want to get one of Brando’s new USB 3.0-to-SATA adapters which enable any SATA hard drive to be accessed externally at USB 3.0 speeds. You won’t have to carry around a dock. It’s just a simple dongle that you can take anywhere.

It plugs directly into the port side of your HDD. Of course, you’ll need a USB 3.0 capable PC or expansion card to get that extra speed boost. So how much will it cost you to start using that old drive again? Only $48.

Chocolate bar SATA hard drive case

Posted in Hard Drives by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2009

Chocolate bar SATA hard drive caseMmmm chocolate. Whether you like a silky smooth chocolate bar mouse or a creamy chocolate DS case, nothing says sugar addiction like a chocolate case for your gadgets.

Here’s one for your SATA Hard drives. These silicon cases will hold your 2.5″ SATA hard drives and protect them from scratches and shocks. They come in Chocolate Brown, White Chocolate or Strawberry flavors. Each has a standard USB connector that lets you connect to a PC or Mac for delicious data transfer.

SATA HDD dock with one touch backup

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2009

SATA HDD dock with one touch backupSome of Brando’s gadgets are pointless, while others are useful. This would be one of the useful gadgets. A SATA HDD Dock with One Touch Backup. This device allows you to plug in any 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA hard drives to your PC via USB or eSATA.

With the one touch backup function you can easily copy files and data from your PC to an external HDD. The device supports Windows 2000, XP, Vista as well as Mac OS. It will only cost you $49.

Brando’s SATA HDD dock, stereo speaker, USB hub combo

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2009

Brando's SATA HDD dock, stereo speaker, USB hub comboBrando is known for its whacky USB gadgets, so it isn’t much of a surprise to see them offering this combination SATA HDD dock / stereo speaker / USB hub. While it won’t tell you the temperature at your desk, it’s sure to come in handy.

Some features include compatibility with 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA hard disks, two USB 2.0 ports, USB audio, three watt stereo speakers, and volume control. If you are a fan of Brando’s gadget combo creativity, it will only cost you $59.

Dual external USB SATA drive dock

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2009

Dual external USB SATA drive dockThis one is yet another useful gadget from the folks over at Thinkgeek. The Dual External USB SATA Drive Dock allows you to dock two SATA hard drives, either 2.5″ or 3.5″ HDD’s with your PC or MAC, via USB or eSATA.

Some specs: Connects to one or two 2.5″ or 3.5″ internal SATA hard drives, USB or eSATA connectivity, Plug and Play, Transfer rates up to 480Mbps with USB 2.0, Transfer rates up to 3Gb/s with eSATA. The device is available for $79.99.


Voyager Q: A Toaster Looking Dock for your SATA Hard Drive

Posted in External Hard Drives by Nino Marchetti on January 7th, 2009

Voyager Q

What’s one to do with all of those used up hard drives lying around? Turn them into swappable storage options, ala flash memory cards? That’s the idea anyhow with the new NewerTech Voyager Q hard drive docking station, being shown off at MacWorld and costing around $100.

Looking something like a stylish, small toaster for a hard drive, the Voyager Q is designed to turn any 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA I/II drive up to 2TB into a bootable and hot-swappable external drive solution. It works with both Macs and PCs and lets its owner boot and swap drives at will, offering transfer speeds with a connected computer of up to 300MB/s.

Brando HDD Dock adds media player features

Posted in Peripherals by Reuben Drake on July 10th, 2008

Brando SATA HDD Multimedia dockThe SATA HDD Dock was certainly a hit when first launched and Brando has been capitalizing on it ever since. Last we had heard they added some USB ports and card readers to the dock to give it some additional usefulness and today the SATA HDD Dock has become the SATA HDD Multimedia Dock.

The old Stage Rack still has the ability to dock your drives in a raw sort of way, but can now connect to your TV through S-Video and composite jacks, allowing you to stream out video and pictures from your drive (or a multimedia card or USB drive) without the need of a computer in between. It even comes with it’s own remote control.

SATA HDD dock gets updated with USB ports, card reader

Posted in Dock,Peripherals by Darrin Olson on May 28th, 2008

SATA HDD stage rack from Brando now with USB ports and card readerBrando has again upgraded their handy SATA HDD stage rack, this time adding a couple of USB ports and card readers on the front. The computer peripheral, now called the SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock, can connect to your computer through either USB 2.0 or eSATA port and will dock a 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA hard drive.

The hard drive dock still works with PCs and Macs and continues to provide convenient alternative to cracking open your computer case or using a simple but often messy cable solution. In this model Brando decided to do away with the Firewire they had previously and just stick to the USB and eSATA connections.

Samsung announces 256GB SSD

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2008

Samsung announces 256GB SSD
Samsung has announced the world’s fastest MLC-based 256GB SATA solid state drive which boasts some amazingly fast read speeds of 200 mps and 160 mps write speeds. It’s also the thinnest and largest capacity drive with a SATA II interface. Salivating yet?

It measures just 9.5mm thick. No pricing info is available yet, but expect it to be expensive. Should you be able to afford one, they’ll be available this September, with a 1.8-inch version coming in Q4.


WD unveils very fast SATA hard drive

Posted in Hard Drives by Nino Marchetti on April 21st, 2008

WD VelociRaptor fast SATA Hard Drive

Western Digital (WD) unveiled today what it is calling the world’s fastest SATA hard drive. It is known as the WD VelociRaptor and you can expect it to cost you around $300 when it hits retail.

The WD VelociRaptor hard drive is a 2.5-inch, 300 GB model which WD says is 35 percent faster then the previous fastest model. Technical features of this upgrade from the WD Raptor include 10,000 RPM, SATA 3 GB/s interface and a 16 MB cache.