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conclusion:We're mixed

75

Combining a Thunderbolt interface with a fast, portable solid-state drive should deliver blazing speeds in a take-anywhere drive. And, for the most part, you get that from the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD. However, the drive only provides up to 240GB of storage — at a price of about $700. For about $200, you can get a 500GB portable Thunderbolt hard drive like the Buffalo Ministation Thunderbolt, show more

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Critic reviews

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    8.9
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    7.7
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8.0
Macworld May 2, 2012

... this drive is not cheap ... for those that can afford the Thunderbolt SSD, it’s fast transfer speeds and attractive, pocket-sized package would make it a great addition to your Thunderbolt-ready Mac product.

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8.0
Computerworld Jun 15, 2012

The high price will no doubt put off a lot of people, but if you're into having the very latest, greatest piece of hardware for your computer, then this is it.

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8.0
Computerworld Mar 16, 2012

The high price will no doubt put off a lot of people, but if you're into having the very latest, greatest piece of hardware for your computer, then this is it.

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7.0
CNET Mar 13, 2012

If priced lower and equipped with a shorter Thunderbolt cable, the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD would make an excellent portable drive for a Mac owner. For now it's an option for those who absolutely need a fast storage device.

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MacLife Apr 19, 2012

If you can afford it and you can justify the cost, you’d be a fool not to invest in this portable little speed demon.

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9.0
Network World Jul 2, 2012

The higher price point of the Thunderbolt interface may turn off some customers, especially if they have a system that has a USB 3.0 interface -- there are less expensive drives that support USB 3.0. But this may not matter if you're looking for an upgrade from USB 2.0 (or even FireWire) to...

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8.0
TechRadar Apr 11, 2012

The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD's appeal lies in its pairing of a solid-state drive with a speedy Thunderbolt connection.

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8.0
MacNN Mar 11, 2012

For production crews that need to process and store HD video streams from a MacBook without worrying about external power sources, the Elgato SSDs represent some of the fastest external drives that are truly portable.

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