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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