Drobo 5D

87
Global
Score
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

Drobo is known for bringing easy-to-use professional storage to consumers with their BeyondRAID technology. The Drobo 5D is their latest storage array, featuring 5 drive bays with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connections to the host computer. In addition to this, Drobo also includes an mSATA slot if you want to increase the performance of your Drobo. All these improvements add up to a file copy experience that Wired calls "very fast" and MacLife calls it one of "the fastest Drobos ever." Unfortunately, there is one downside to the 5D, and that's noise. Popular Photography says that even with an improved fan, the 5D "can be loud enough to notice," so keep that in mind when placing it on your desk. The Drobo 5D isn't cheap, and it lacks an Ethernet jack for network connectivity but the combination of speed, easy-to-use software, and USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt ports make this a good option for professionals needing a backup solution.

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Expandability
9.3
Noise
7.0
Speed
9.5
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Specs

5D

Addressable storage
15 (max) TB
Array types
Other redundancy
USB
yes
eSATA
no
FireWire / 1394
no
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Specs

5D

Addressable storage
15 (max) TB
Array types
Other redundancy
USB
yes
eSATA
no
FireWire / 1394
no
View Full Specs
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