CalDigit comes out with yet another dock, but this time it’s a fairly unique proposition as it’s both a USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 dock in one, supporting dual 4K connectivity, depending on what you connect it with to your computer or — another first — tablet.
What do filmmakers, GoPro shooters and photographers have in common? They crave for speed. The ProGrade Digital MicroSDXC memory card is a UHS-2 card that offers just that and not only at the input side. It comes with a UHS-2 converter which has a double row of contacts.
Although you can, of course, offload your footage and photos using a €5 SD-card reader, it pays off to spend that little bit more. A good media reader won’t fail in the middle of an offload, is fast, robust, readily available and unobtrusive. ProGrade’s memory card readers are all of that and more.
microSD Express offers the PCI Express and NVMe interfaces alongside the legacy microSD interface for backwards compatibility. Like SD Express, microSD Express delivers a maximum data transfer rate of 985MB/s.
Hedge for Mac/Windows, the fast offloading app, has been updated – or rather, upgraded – to version 18.1. Hedge now offers Fast Lane on Windows machines as well, but far more interesting fro anyone using Macs instead, is the ability of Hedge to offload anything to anything. It’s what the company calls a car wash concept.
All-in-one computers like the iMac – even the iMac Pro – rarely have enough ports to satisfy our needs. CalDigit’s small-footprint, cast-aluminium Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus is – what we usually call – a dock that adds a whopping 15 ports to any Thunderbolt 3 machine. The options go beyond the conventional, expanding connectivity as well as charge laptops.
The newest SSD Crucial recently released has Micron’s new 64-layer NAND memory and is the first high-speed SSD to leave the factory since the Lexar brand was sold. The MX500, as it’s called, is in some tests the fastest SSD currently available. It’s so fast that it suffers from the performance limitations of its form factor, which is a 2.5in SATA disk.
I tested a 480GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD with an Atomos Shogun Flame as well as with an iMac. The Mercury Extreme Pro 6G has been certified for use in Blackmagic Design equipment and has a maximum read speed of 559MB/s and write speed of 527MB/s. My own tests revealed slightly lower, although pretty impressive figures.
Micron Technology, Lexar’s parent company, announced that it is discontinuing its Lexar retail removable media storage business. The Lexar portfolio includes memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives for retail and OEM customers. Micron is exploring opportunities to sell all or part of the Lexar business. The company said it will continue to provide support to existing customers through the transition period. Customers should contact their Lexar sales representative to discuss specific requirements. Except for the fact that it’s a real pity Lexar media won’t be what it used to be — even if the company is sold to someone else, who knows what it will do to the quality of the products? — these statements are pretty vague, so I contacted Lexar myself and asked them to clarify. Marc Musgrove, Head of Global PR Corporate Marketing at Micron Technology, said: “I know there’s been a bit of discussion on warranties, so I wanted to just clarify on this point: Micron will honour the Lexar end-user warranties and continue to provide customer support …
OWC’s Thunderbolt 3 dock has the looks and the ports to appeal even to those who don’t need one. The company’s selection of ports to include has so far been the best I’ve encountered. There are 13 of them and they represent OWC’s experience with users’ needs in terms of support for legacy technology.