Criteria Comments Rating
- Expandability 5 drives is just about perfect for me. 8 would make this criterion score "great," but at this point in time asking for 8 in the price of the FS is unreasonable.
- Media support From DroboApps to Drobo PC Backup, I can't really ask for more things to do with my storage.
- Speed The one issue with Drobos in general is that their file architecture slows them down. Their BeyondRAID software is user friendly, but not as fast as RAID 5.
- Noise Supremely quiet. I have it about 4 feet away from my computer and I can't hear a thing.
- Design and form factor Pretty big, but the design is fantastic. The magnetic front plate was a total surprise, and a great touch. Dim-able lights are fantastic.
The Drobo FS offers pretty much everything I could ask for in a NAS. Large drive capacity, tons of configuration, and well thought out design. Would it bother me if it was 10-20 MB/s faster? No. But speed is something I'm definitely willing to trade away for how incredibly easy it is to setup, use, and manage.
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