Mushkin broadens SSD lineup and product portfolio at CES


— 12:58 PM on January 9, 2017

Memory and storage specialist Mushkin brought a bevy of new and updated products to last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Like most SSD vendors, Mushkin had updated SATA drives based on 3D NAND on display, as well as next-generation M.2 PCIe SSD models. The company also showed a mechanical gaming keyboard that it says is the first entry in its debuting line of Carbon-branded peripherals.

Mushkin's new line of M.2 PCIe storage devices is the Helix series. The company winds Helix SSDs around a Silicon Motion SM2260 drive controller, and will make  them in sizes from 250GB all the way up to 2TB. The drives boast sequential read speeds as high as 2.5 GB/s and sequential writes as fast as 1.1 GB/s, with up to 232K random read IOPS and 185K random write IOPS. We suspect the smallest drives probably don't achieve that level of performance due to the typical chip arrangement issues on small SSDs, but the numbers are nonetheless good.

Buyers clinging to their M.2-deprived Sandy Bridge-era P67 motherboards can take at least some degree of solace in Mushkin's Reactor3D and Triactor3D SATA SSDs. The new drives slot into the company's Reactor and Triactor lines, first shown off at last year's CES. Loyal gerbils will doubtless recognize the Reactor from just about every TR Friday deals post of 2016. Both updated offerings are built around Silicon Motion SM2258 controllers and sport 3D NAND flash—MLC in the Reactor3D and TLC in the Triactor.

The memory products maker also seems to have gotten out of its comfort zone and developed the Reactor Wi-Fi, an all-in-one device containing a portable wireless drive, a router, and a power bank. The Reactor Wi-Fi is available with storage capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB. Network capabilities include acting as a router, access point, or bridge. A built-in 6000-mAh battery provides extra juice for portable devices when a wall outlet is not available. Mushkin was hush-kin' with respect to what Wi-Fi standard the Reactor can use, though we guess it's 802.11ac.

Finally, the company showed off the Carbon KB-001 keyboard, which Custom PC Review says has RGB Kailh Brown switches, a black anodized aluminum faceplate, and an expected price tag of $70. 

Tip: You can use the A/Z keys to walk threads.
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