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Canon TS9120 Inkjet Printer Review

TS9120 RED 1 xlFinally a decent inkjet printer that has all the capabilities you need in smart compact design. The Canon TS9120 is a great little printer that can serve the whole family.  It's quiet, relatively quick and produces great photos.  From unboxing to first print took about 20 minutes.  Plus this printer is smart and knows when to use the different paper sources without demanding I ok the choice each time. 

We've tested printers in the past that a complete pain to use, looking at you Epson, because the machine was too stupid to figure out it had 4x6 stock in 1 slot and 8x10 in the other.  The first test we did was exactly that. We loaded regular paper in the front and 4x6 glossy in the back.  Then using the iPad, macbook, PC and phones from Sony, Samsung and Apple we sent mutiple images and documents to the printer.  So yes, mom can printer photos form the phone and junior can printer homework from the iPad.  As long as you keep the proper types of paper stocked and an eye on the ink it couldn't be easier and we'll keep everyone happy.

The quality produced by this little printer is great.   We did a test comparing phots from the Costco lab to photos printed by the TS9120 on Glossy Canon paper.  It's really hard to see any difference.  And with a little color and saturation tweaking you get really emulate lab results on 4x6 paper.  Bigger prints look great too.  It's actually amazing the quality this little unit can crank out.  

At first the design seemed a little funky.  But it's actually quite smart and allows this printer to take up minimal space.  It folds up into a neat little box when necessary and automatically extends the output tray as needed when printing.  The angle of the display in front is adjustable and easy to figure out.  The scanner and copier features are just a bonus in this case and work fine as well.  

Not that it matters, but we like the red color.  We have enough black plastic in our lives and this little printer looks nice in red.  Over the years we've tested countless injet printers from Epson, HP, Brother and Canon.  This is one of our favorites.  It's easy to figure out, has great connectivity, produces really nice photos and the price is right at $99.  Canon is going to sell a whole lot of these.  

Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD Review

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The Crucial MX500 is a 2.5 inch SSD designed to be installed inside a notebook computer. We tested it by upgrading the hard drive in a Dell Precision 7720.

The internal style of SSD has a smaller profile than an SSD you might install inside a desktop computer. It can be used in both but is designed for tighter installations than you typically see with a desktop computer. That's why the MX500 includes a 7mm to 9.5mm spacer. By making the SSD profile smaller and including the spacer this SSD allows for more installation options. We did not need the spacer for installation in the Dell Precision 7720, but we did use it for a better fit.

Crucial includes a download link optimization software and Acronis for easy imaging of existing drives you'll be replacing.

It took less than 10 minutes to replace the Hitachi HDD in the Dell Precision 7720. Simply remove 4 screws to release the HDD bracket from inside the computer and another 4 screws to remove the existing HDD from the bracket. Replace the HDD with the Crucial MX500, put everything back together and your ready to format.

We originally had an SSD for Windows 10 and our Apps and a 1TB 7200RPM Hitachi HDD for our data. This is a pretty typical setup for many users that want a fast boot time and maybe don't have the need to move large amounts of data. For us, our laptop is often used for video production and media management so speed is a priority.

Moving files to and from the internal 7200 HDD was too slow for our needs. For example, we recently tested copying 84GB of media files, 472 total files, from the internal SSD to the internal HDD and took 11:48. After replacing the HDD with the Crucial MX500 into our system we were able to move that same batch of data in 3:06 about a 4X improvement. The 420 MB/s speed was a welcome improvement over the 125MB/s we were getting with the mechanical HDD.

Check out the full lineup of Crucial 2.5 SSDs here

G-Drive Mobile SSD R-Series 1TB Review

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The G-Drive SSD R-Series includes a USB-C port and is USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 3 compatible. It includes a couple really short cables. The R stands for rugged and it comes in a very attractive case that feel plenty sturdy. The R-Series also boasts P67 water and dust resistance, 3-meter drop protection3, and a 1000lb crush-proof rating. Although we would advise pushing any of these claims. Keep it in your backpack.

We love this little drive. It's small, lightweight but sturdy and really fast. We absolutely love this for backing up media in the field. If you think USB 3 was slowing you down, you're wrong. It's plenty fast. The problem has been the slow external media you've been using. 7200RPM drives just don't cut it anymore.

For example, compared to a 7200 RPM G-Drive mobile HDD the Mobile SSD R-Series, the SSD was nearly 4X faster. For example, on a video shoot you have to manage media throughout the day. We recently did a shoot where each break we were moving about 100GB to and from our laptop. We dump the media to the laptop, back up to the internal SSD and then to external media. So at any given time the media is on 3 storage devices. We tested transferring 84GB of media this way using the G-Drive SSD compared to the G-Drive 7200RPM HDD.

Moving 472 files totaling 84GB took 11:48, let's call it 12 minutes, to backup to an external 7200 RPM G-Drive Mobile. Backing up that same batch of data to the G-Drive Mobile SSD R-Series took just 3:19, let's call it 3 minutes, so you're looking at roughly a 4X speed difference. Since we do media management throughout the shoot day. That time savings really adds up since we do media management a few times a day. Plus when we get back to the edit suite it's a lot faster to ingest the media into our NLE system.

Over the years, we've only had a couple of issues with flash memory where we experienced catastrophic failure, both with 64GB compact flash cards and not SSDs, however we're always mindful of having our media on multiple storage devices to minimize the risk of loss.

The G-Drive SSD R-Series has a very attractive design and it's smaller than anticipated, about ¾ the size of typical SSD. The 1TB series works well as a shuttle drive moving files from our field laptop to the NLE system in the studio. It rarely push this capacity because we're not using it as a storage drive and this extra headroom should allow for long term performance.

If you're still using mechanical HDDs in the field for media management we highly recommend considering moving to an SSS solution like the the G-Drive SSD R-Series. We love this little drive.

Check out the full lineup of G-Drive R-Series SSDs here.

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