Stories by Paul Urquhart

CyberPower VALUE1200ELCD

New Zealand can barely go a few months without a major power outage in some part of the country, and this poses risks to PC users: either a massive spike or sudden drop in the voltage coming out of your wall sockets and going into your sensitive computer components.

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 220

The Seagate NAS 220 impressed me before I even had a chance to take it out of the box. Officially the recommended retail price for the 2TB version is $527 in New Zealand, however at the time of writing it could be found on at least one reputable online retailer’s website for a meagre $409. Considering that this model packs two excellent Seagate 1TB 7200.12 hard drives which sell for about $145 each, that effectively makes the cost of the NAS box itself a whisker under $120 on top of the price of the disks. Bargain!

Western Digital Scorpio 750GB

For people who like to store a lot of data on their laptops, but don’t have piles of cash to throw at a large SSD, Western Digital’s Scorpio Black series of 7200RPM 2.5” hard drives have been a popular choice over the past few years. This is because they are generally reasonably priced and perform a bit better than their competitors (mainly the Momentus range from Seagate). Up until recently, 500GB was the largest capacity available – here in our hands and stores nationwide now is the 750GB version. Not a whole lot has changed compared to previous Scorpio Black drives other than platter size, which has gone from 250GB up to 375GB (both drives use two platters housed in a slim 9.5mm form factor). This results in an increased maximum transfer rate advertised as 180MB/s, up from 154MB/s on the 500GB drive.