A valuable solution for the traveling photo or video nerd, Drobo’s brand new Drobo Mini is the world’s smallest full-featured storage array that operates off combined disk and solid-state technologies, making it also one of the fastest. Like Drobo’s other products, the Mini has four hot-swappable drive bays that allow you to manage as much storage as you can afford to purchase.
The sleek data-protecting design features automated SSD acceleration, as well as Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces—a first for storage arrays. Not only is it optimal for connecting several devices, but the completely redesigned software and hardware also aggressively enhances processing capability. Additionally, Drobo created a “carrierless” system that allows you to easily join and remove up to four 2.5″ drives.
Along with the Mini, Drobo has also released the 5D, a mega storage solution that works with up to five drives and has an extra SSD bay, making it able to hold up to 32 million photos.
The Drobo Mini and 5D will sell online for $599 and $799 without drives.