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Drobo Releases Pricing for Thunderbolt Storage Devices, Preorders Start Monday

Drobo has announced pricing for its two Thunderbolt and USB 3.0-capable storage devices, expected later this month. Units will be available for preorder at a number of resellers including Amazon and Drobo's own online store, starting Monday July 23.

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The Drobo Mini starts at $649 with the Drobo 5D starting at $849. Prices include a Thunderbolt cable and 2-year warranty. These are US prices only, with pricing for the rest of the world being announced on Monday.

The company notes that initial demand for the Thunderbolt units have been twice what they've seen for similar product introductions.

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27 months ago
$650 for that? The joke that is thunderbolt just gets funnier and funnier. Not even firewire had this kind of early adopter penalty...
Rating: 31 Votes
27 months ago
Oh great! More affordable Thunderbolt products!
Rating: 18 Votes
27 months ago
So everyone posts to complain even though the device has features and benefits different from other NAS products and also initial demand is great.

Trolls.
Rating: 14 Votes
27 months ago

Oh great! More affordable Thunderbolt products!


To be fair there has never been a cheap Drobo.
Rating: 13 Votes
27 months ago
I'll buy 50. As soon as I win the lotto.

First world problems.
Rating: 11 Votes
27 months ago
About twice as much as i am really willing to pay for something like that right now.
Rating: 11 Votes
27 months ago

$650 for that? The joke that is thunderbolt just gets funnier and funnier. Not even firewire had this kind of early adopter penalty...


The real joke is failing to grasp that brand-new technology costs a lot and that the price drops over time. The other joke is ignorantly being dismissive of it based on the initial high price, despite the fact that Dell is about to bring supporting devices to market, and pretending that everything won't change after that.
Rating: 8 Votes
27 months ago
I'll stick with my Synology NAS thankyouverymuch. Works with everything.
Rating: 8 Votes
27 months ago

So everyone posts to complain even though the device has features and benefits different from other NAS products and also initial demand is great.

Trolls.


If initial demand was great there wouldn't be a need for such an obscene price. I get it...Thunderbolt is new technology, but in this day and age, licensing aside it costs pennies to produce the components used in these products.

Thunderbolt will continue to be a failure until they get real on pricing. It's simply too expensive for even a pro user to consider over the alternatives.
Rating: 7 Votes
27 months ago
I don't think some people here understand that this isn't aimed at people who want to store and or backup photos of their cats. This is for people who need massive storage and need it quickly.

Drobo still sells their original NAS which are expensive as well (for what it really is). If you need one that bad, you still have options. This is still a new technology which is JUST beginning to reach the PC market. You'll pay a premium for being an early adopter.
Rating: 7 Votes

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