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Drobo Mini Review

Drobo Mini Review

If backup and external storage had a hope of ever being fashionable, then Drobo would probably be the industry icon. Trying its level best to make data devilishly interesting since 2007, the company's primary claim to fame from its glossy black obelisks is their packaging of drive redundancy to an audience who either doesn't understand, or who doesn't want to be bothered with, RAID definitions. Now, there's the Drobo Mini, a compact version intended to take four drives mobile and give them a shot of SSD speed along the way. Read on for our full review.

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LaCie 5big Thunderbolt and 5big NAS Pro hands-on

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt and 5big NAS Pro hands-on

Should LaCie's Blade Runner have enough style but not enough space for your external data needs, fear not; the company has a pair of new 5big arrays with a choice of network or Thunderbolt connectivity for those with big storage demands. The 5big Thunderbolt and 5big NAS Pro each follow the monolithic design language of previous LaCie drives - all brushed aluminum and glaring blue power-light "eye" - but offer up to 20TB of capacity or optional RAID redundancy.

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Thunderbolt cables go fiber optic (up to 100 feet long!)

Thunderbolt cables go fiber optic (up to 100 feet long!)

This week the folks at Sumitomo Electric Industries have announced that they're the first group in the world to receive certification from Intel to produce optical Thunderbolt cables - time to get long! This means that once they get moving with production, SEI will be able to produce cords up to 100 feet in length rather than the approximately 10 foot length they're limited to today. While today's Thunderbolt cable requires metal components that limit their length to about the size of a desk, we'll soon be rolling out across the whole room with optical builds.

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LaCie d2 external HD rebooted with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

LaCie d2 external HD rebooted with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

It's time for the LaCie d2 external hard drive to be re-released, this time with a boost that should, by all means, make it into a brand new device altogether. What we're looking at here is what's now called the LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series and it's ready for universal connectivity like no other. This machine works with the fabulous speeds of USB 3.0 for a large cross-section of brand new machines and hits speeds to the max with no less than Thunderbolt connectivity for speeds up to two times that of FireWire 800.

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mLogic introduces new mLink Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis

mLogic introduces new mLink Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis

Apple's line up of Mac computers and laptops are certainly cool, but some of them like the MacBook Air and iMac don't provide as much power as some users need. This is where mLogic has decided to step in, introducing a new mLink PCIe expansion chassis that comes with support for Thunderbolt. This means that you can hook the mLink up to any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and open up a ton of new possibilities with your computer.

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Lucid Thunderbolt External GPU demoed for undeniable Ultrabook gaming boost

Lucid Thunderbolt External GPU demoed for undeniable Ultrabook gaming boost

This week during Intel's Developers Forum, Lucid showed off a lovely Thunderbolt External Graphics solution that'll have you Ultrabook owners flipping over the possibilities. Here with this non-finalized piece of hardware, you'll be plugging in graphics power from Lucid with very little effort, bringing visual power from Lucid's external hardware that was never before possible in such a tiny package as your current-generation Ultrabook. What Lucid showed off here is your ability - in the near future - to turn your Ultrabook into a real hardcore gaming machine.

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Stock shortage tips Sept 20 Apple Thunderbolt Display refresh

Stock shortage tips Sept 20 Apple Thunderbolt Display refresh

Apple's new iMac is reportedly waiting in the wings, but there are signs the company could also update its Thunderbolt Display alongside the all-in-one desktop. Stock shortages amongh UK retailers seemingly indicate that the standalone monitor may, like its iMac brethren, be due a refresh, though it's unclear how comprehensive an update that might be. One possibility, of course, is a Retina Display upgrade.

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