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Victorinox Swiss Army Slim USB 2.0 Flash Drive (32GB)

I bought the Victorinox Swiss Army Slim 2.0 USB Flash Drive (32GB) when I visited the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets because I got nothing else to buy from there because I am not that into branded stuff.

It costs US$19.99 and after a 8.25% tax, it cost US$22 (S$28) which is pretty cheap, considering Amazon is selling for US$38.99.

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive - Packaging Front
Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive – Packaging Front

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Western Digital My Passport Slim (1TB)

Last week on the 17th October 2013, Western Digital launches the new My Passport Slim. It is the first thin drives to offer up to 2 TB capacity, a metal enclosure, and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.

The included WD SmartWare Pro data protection software will allow you to backup your data on the My Passport Slim and keep an extra copy on your Dropbox account. Similarly, you can also back up your Dropbox account to the My Passport Slim.

Western Digital My Passport Slim (1TB) - Box Front
Western Digital My Passport Slim (1TB) – Box Front

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WD Red – NAS Hard Drives

I am a huge fan of WD Red Hard Drives and I am using 4 of them in my Synology DiskStation DS413j and they have not been giving me any problems so far.

WD Red hard drives are designed and extensively tested for compatibility under 24×7 operating environment and for the demanding system requirements of home and small office NAS.

WD Red - NAS Hard Drives
WD Red – NAS Hard Drives

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Western Digital My Passport Ultra

Western Digital announced the My Passport Ultra back in May 2013. Many of you are familer with the popular My Passport. My Passport Ultra is basically a premium model of the My Passport.

It is available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB in size, it comes preloaded with WD SmartWare Pro backup software with Dropbox integration, hardware encryption, and password protection to safeguard against unauthorized drive access and it comes with a carrying pouch.

Western Digital My Passport Ultra
Western Digital My Passport Ultra

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SanDisk Cruzer Orbit USB Flash Drive

Launched on the 19th April 2013, the SanDisk Cruzer Orbit USB Flash Drive, features a 360-degree swivel cover and weighs only 4g. The ring hole allows you to attach to your key chain easily!

The only downside is that it supports only USB 2.0 in order to keep the price low. I would totally get the 32GB one and attached it to my key chain/pouch.

SanDisk Cruzer Orbit USB Flash Drive
SanDisk Cruzer Orbit USB Flash Drive

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Synology DiskStation DS413j Review – Video, Audio & Photo Station

In my first part review of the Synology DiskStation DS413j, I talked about the Unboxing and Setup, in the second part review, I talked about the Performance, Backup & CloudStation and for this last review, I will talk about the multimedia features of the DS413j and that includes Video Station, Audio Station and Photo Station as well as their mobile apps, DS Video, DS Audio and DS Photo+ respectively.

There are a lot of features in the Video/Audio/Photo Station, and hence for this review, I will focus on my personal use case; I want to access/stream my music/video/photos stored in my Synology NAS wherever I am on my iPhone or Android.

Media Folders
Media Folders

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Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo Review

The Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo (8TB) is retailing for S$1,199 which is pretty expensive for a external hard drive.

It comes with dual Thunderbolt ports that allows you to daisy-chain up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives (48 TB using six Thunderbolt Duo 8 TB drives) or other devices such as monitors, media players, and video / audio editors.

Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo - Box Front
Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo – Box Front

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Synology DiskStation DS413j Review – Performance, Backup & CloudStation

In the first part review of the Synology DiskStation DS413j, I talked about unboxing and setting up and in this second part review, I will talk about the performance, backup and CloudStation.

Performance

DS413j - LAN Speed TestDS210j - LAN Speed Test
LAN Speed Test (DS413j Left vs DS210j Right)

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Synology DiskStation DS413j Review – Unboxing + Setup

I am being seeded the Synology DiskStation DS413j alongside with 3x WD Red 1TB hard disk drives for a 3 part review. For the first part, I will talk about the unboxing and setting up of the DS413j.

Since I only have 3x WD Red 1TB and the DS413j is a 4-bay NAS, I went to Sim Lim Square to get another WD Red 1TB so as not to let 1 of the bay goes to waste. I didn’t realized that WD Red 1TB is a pretty old HDD and most of the stores carry 2TB onwards. Luckily Bizgram still has some WD Red 1TB left. So I bought it for S$120.

Synology DiskStation DS413j
Synology DiskStation DS413j

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