Back in 2011, we took a look at the ioSafe SoloPro USB Backup Drive, which offered a lone SATA hard drive wrapped in a bombproof skeleton of steel, ceramic, and plastic. That drive was awarded a 9/Kick Ass verdict for its ability to withstand both fire and water, which is the typical outcome when a house is engulfed in flames then doused by the local fire department. IoSafe recently released a new drive with even more protection, the N2 NAS RAID, which, as its name implies, is two drives in a redundant array in a NAS box. This top-shelf storage device runs a Synology OS and comes with one year of “no questions asked” data recovery service, so you’re covered if you drop the NAS or your kid drops an ice-cream cone into it. This level of protection doesn’t come cheap though, with N2 selling as a “disk-less” shell for $600, with two 1TB drives for $900, 4TB for $1,000, 6TB for $1,500, and 8TB for $2,000. It includes a one-year hardware warranty and one year of data-recovery service, so even if both hard drives are damaged, ioSafe will pay up to $2,500 per terabyte to recover your data.
Note: This review was originally featured in the November 2013 issue of the magazine.
When it comes to your data, there are times when a USB key doesn't have the capacity or speed you need, and you can't afford to have a delicate hard drive smashing on the floor. Enter ruggedized USB 3.0 hard drives, which address all of our needs by combining speed and reliability into a supremely portable package. We put three such drives to the test, and found out which one has the speed you crave and the durability you require.
Note: This article was taken from the October 2013 issue of the magazine.
Professional audio quality at a not-so professional price
SteelSeries is built on a legacy of professional gaming and tournament-grade peripherals. Go to any eSports competition and you’ll find gamers repping the best SteelSeries products the dollar can buy. Today, the arms dealer of gamers has announced two new additions to the H-Series brand of gaming headsets: The 5Hv3 and the 3Hv2.
When the going gets tough, most technology throws up its hands in defeat and wilts like a flower. The majority of gadgets on the market just aren’t built to face the drop-down, submerged-in-liquid realities of everyday life – just ask anybody who ever had to replace his smartphone after spilling just a few drips of soda on it.
You won’t find any of that wussy gear in this gallery.