"Drobo Mini in my home studio! Homerun!"5.0 starson by beatsjam1234
Pros: -easy to use
-internal power supply
-trusted Drobo name
-works fast moving data
Cons: -might get a bit warm
Summary: I'm in the audio engineering field and used Drobo's trusted reputation in my professional life and seamlessly transitioned it into my personal studio and workplace with the Drobro Mini.
I received my Drobo Mini last week and have been tracking and backing up all my files from Protools. I also use video editing applications like Final Cut, Adobe After Effects and other Avid programs. It is certainly a different beast when it comes to protecting and being a storage unit. I travel a lot and this product has already proven to be great on the road and using it on those pesty layovers and cancellations. It has a high-quality look and feel that I had hoped for, and runs pretty quietly, maybe a but warm at times, but all the people in the airport where wondering what was hooked up to my MacBook Air and I had to tell them about it.
I started simply with 4 Seagate Momentus drives (will add the mSATA SSD at a later date if need be), and I am very happy with the performance of Thunderbolt connected to my new Macbook Air. It's plenty fast for me, and I've been moving a couple of TB of video and audio files to the unit.
I'm sure you can find a faster (or a cheaper) system out there, but I like Drobo's redundancy and flexibility to add bigger drives over time, and their new battery feature that protects data in case I suddenly lose power. After hours of recording with different takes that's worth the money alone after hours and hours of tracking or editing.
I trust Drobo in the workplace so naturally I trust it when it comes to my personal home studio and office. I trust and have told everyone I work or collaborate with about this product. If your serious about making quality stuff, use the BEST to store your hard work on.
So far, A+'s here and I will update this as I learn more.