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Review: Western Digital Blue 1TB Solid-State Drive (SSD)

Western Digital (WD) has been successful in the storage industry for many years and is also one of the few manufacturers left. Some of the well-known HDD that WD has produced over the years are the Black series for performance, Blue series for mainstream PC, Red series for NAS and etc. Late last year, they had also ventured into the solid-state drive segment. There was not much publicity done, at least not one that I have seen so far.

On 1 Nov 16, WD introduced both the WD Blue and WD Green SSD,  offering consumers with more options. SSD is slowly replacing HDD as it now cost less than S$0.60/GB compared to a few years ago. Many people are now adopting SSD simply because of the speed it offers as well as the less space it requires. You can easily stack 8 SSD into a mATX PC versus to 4 HDD. 

The WD Blue SSD is available in both 2.5″ SATA (7mm)  and M.2 2280 (NVMe) form factor, and capable of up to 400 Terabytes Written (TBW). It offers up to 545MB/s and 525MB/s of sequential read and write speeds, in different capacities – 250GB (S$139), 500GB (S$259) and 1TB (S$499). Locally, it comes with 3-year limited warranty.

WD Blue 1TB_1     WD Blue 1TB_2

WD Blue SSD is built using the 2nd generation TLC flash node, and features SLC cache technology.

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Upgrade QNAP TS-453 Pro Memory (2GB to 16GB)

The QNAP TS-453 Pro has 2 memory slots, and is expandable up to 8GB (4GB x 2). Although the official maximum memory supported by the QNAP is listed at 8GB, I decided to try my luck with 16GB since my friend and a few other people had successfully upgraded theirs. A note from QNAP is that the two memory modules must be of the same size and preferably of the same type.

System Config Before Upgrade     System Config After Upgrade

I decided to go for the Crucial 16GB Kit (8GB x 2) DDR3L-1600 SODIMM Memory (CT2K8G3S160BM) to ensure that the ram are of the same type.

Crucial 16GB Kit (CT2K8G3S160BM)

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Review: QNAP TS-453 Pro (TurboNAS) – First Time Setup

I have been wanting to upgrade my existing 2 x D-Link Network Attached Storage (NAS), DNS-320 & DNS-323, into a 4-Bay NAS for quite some time. This would allow me to move from RAID1 into RAID5 for better data protection assurance and performance. I did some market research and shortlisted 2 models, 1) QNAP TS-453 Pro and 2) Synology DS415+. Both NAS have been released for quite a while and are the popular models for home office usage. It was pretty hard for me to decide which to go for either. QNAP concentrates more on hardware performances while Synology provides better software user-friendliness.

QNAS TS-453 Pro     Synology DS415+

In the end, I decided hardware over software in hope that QNAP would invest more effort to improve its software delivery. Who knows I may switch to Synology in future?

But for now, I will concentrate my review on the QNAP TS-453 Pro. The NAS is available in 2 configurations for the memory, 2GB and 8GB, with the rest of the hardware specifications remaining the same. I chose the former as I would be upgrading the memory on my own to 16GB instead. I would be equipping it with 4 x 4TB Seagate NAS HDD (ST4000VN000) and 2 x 8GB Crucial DDR3L-1600 SODIMM Memory.

The Complete Package

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Replace Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (SM-T700) Battery (EB-BT705FBE)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (SM-T700) has been one of my favorite gadget for the past year. If you are interested on its specifications, you may refer to my previous write-up. Lately, its battery charge became irregular and sometimes a full charge could only last me 1-2 hours instead of the usual 6-7 hours (subject to my personal usage).

As this tablet’s specifications is still quite decent compared to the current market offerings, I decided to proceed with operation “Tab S 8.4 Battery Replacement“. Do note that the warranty for my tablet is already over.

I headed over to eBay to grab a replacement battery (Model: EB-BT705FBE rated at 4900 mAh) which claimed to be authentic. The battery was shipped from Sweden and cost me approximately USD$16 with free shipping inclusive. The kit came with both the battery and the tools required to open the tablet’s housing.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Battery Kit

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Review: Mountek nGroove Snap+ (CD Slot Car Mount)

Before I purchase the Mountek nGroove Snap+ Magnetic CD Slot Car Mount, I always wonder how many people really make use of the CD player in the car nowadays. There are many different shapes and sizes of car mounts that I have used previously but none is to my liking. Those that are mounted to the windscreen or dashboards would leave permanent markings after prolong usage, and those that are mounted at the air-con vent would block the cool air reaching me. This is going to be a simple and straightforward review as there is no technical specification involved. Either you like it or you don’t.

The Mountek nGroove Snap+ Magnetic CD Slot Car Mount, as its name says so, is one that is attached onto the car CD player slot. You can then tighten it accordingly using the screw attached. It leaves no residue behind even after a long period of usage, especially if you were to park your car under the hot sun frequently. Placing and removing your devices from the Mountek Snap+ Mount is easy and quick as it makes use of magnets to hold your device to the mount. No additional effort is required!

In Action

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