Review: Zero-Config Storage Arrays from Drobo, Exablox

Nice Mini Touches

Drobo's latest array offers some really nice touches. For one thing, its rubbery coating resists marks and gives it a grippy confidence, a plus for a box that's bound to be moved around a bit. The rear panel is home to a USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports for configuring and populating the device; a cable is included for each. A second Thunderbolt port allows for daisy-chaining with other storage devices or displays. A magnetically attached drive cover is surrounded by LEDs that indicate power, activity, drive presence, health and relative capacity. A lighted AC adapter uses a barrel connector that locks in with a twist.

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