Drobo mini

Ifti

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Over £500 for an enclosure with no HDDs??
Probably have you buy your own Thunderbolt cable as well,
Are these guys serious???!!!!!
 

stridemat

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Over £500 for an enclosure with no HDDs??
Probably have you buy your own Thunderbolt cable as well,
Are these guys serious???!!!!!
You're not just paying for a HDD enclosure, but also the Drobo 'redundancy' with regards to hot-swapping HDD's that fail.
 

maflynn

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Its priced in the 4bay NAS category but its not really a NAS, so I'd say its more expensive, given what you're getting. Its an interesting product but drobo's reputation and price make it something that I'll not buy.
 

Ifti

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The Drobo Mini comes with both Thunderbolt and USB cables included.
I guess that justifies the price then! Lol

You're not just paying for a HDD enclosure, but also the Drobo 'redundancy' with regards to hot-swapping HDD's that fail.
But considering you can pick up a 6TB Synology NAS for only a little more, adding all the full on NAS features, it's still way overpriced for what it is.
Remember, to fill it with 4 1TB HDDs you are looking at around an additional £400. That makes it a REALLY expensive option.

Its priced in the 4bay NAS category but its not really a NAS, so I'd say its more expensive, given what you're getting. Its an interesting product but drobo's reputation and price make it something that I'll not buy.
My thoughts exactly. It looks pretty good I must admit and I was interested, until I saw the price!

Also, with 4 drives I guess it needs an external power supply, which again reduces its appeal to me somewhat.
It would be interesting to measure the speed of the unit with 4 SSDs installed though. Would be crazy fast! :eek:
 

itickings

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But considering you can pick up a 6TB Synology NAS for only a little more, adding all the full on NAS features, it's still way overpriced for what it is.
Remember, to fill it with 4 1TB HDDs you are looking at around an additional £400. That makes it a REALLY expensive option.
You should seriously not be comparing those two products. Go pick on the full-size Drobos instead of this little fellow. :p

Besides, NAS is not necessarily better than DAS in all cases, and the Drobo is in theory much more convenient than standard RAID. (Not that I'd actually trust it, but that is another story...)

And £400? Has the £ gotten a lot weaker lately?