|Product||Drobo Mini||Drobo (Second generation)||WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo||Synology DiskStation DS412+|
|Price||$321.99 to $654.40||$999.99||$549.99 to $805.99||$599.99 to $1,079.23|
|CNET editors' rating||2.5 stars||3 stars||4 stars||4.5 stars|
|Average user rating||5 stars||2.5 stars||0 stars||0 stars|
|Release date||Info unavailable||Info unavailable||Info unavailable||Info unavailable|
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The esoteric Drobo Mini seems to strive to be unique mostly for the sake of uniqueness, and offers very little, if at all, in terms of usability considering its crazily high cost.
The second-generation Drobo adds a FireWire 800 connection, but the original USB-only on the now discounted Drobo might be the best bet for Windows users until better FireWire 800 drivers arrive. The device remains the most automated and easy-to-use redundant backup product we've seen.
The My Book VelociRaptor Duo is one of the best storage devices thanks to its balanced combination of excellent performance, practical design, and relatively friendly pricing.
Synology DiskStation DS412+ makes an excellent NAS server for advanced home and small-office networks.
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