Summary: This drive arrived on time as specified. The packaging was perfect and simple. To my surprise it included the needed usb cord. The drive looks very cool, appears very heavy duty and rugged. Using this to backup a 3TB iMac and it works flawlessly. Tool all of 5 minutes to unbox and set up. Couldn't have asked for better.
Summary: Very well packaged and extremely durable construction. You can tell just from removing the drive from the box that it is extremely durable and well built. Product registration was extremely easy and I even signed up for the 5 year data recovery service which was only $100 more.
Summary: I question the quality of hard drives they put in the units. I've rarely had a hard drive fail, much less one that ultimately cost me $500 that has sat in a temp/humidity stable office, untouched since I purchased. My advice is to ONLY use this for a backup device only and don't rely on it for a primary storage of ANY data (which I shouldn't have done, my fault).
Pros: Solid, might help in fire/flood, etc assuming it doesn't crash before one of those things happens.
Cons: I used this mainly for backup. It crashed recently, wasn't able to recover the non-backup data I happened to have on there. I shouldn't have kept non-backup data on this so that's my fault. I didn't pay the extra for data recovery so I'm out of luck. Support was unable to help as it was out of warranty, again my fault for not buying extra protection. I didn't completely consider the possibility of this thing crashing in 1.5 years.
Summary: Also includes a 1-year data recovery service in the price. Once you register the product, they offer a 1-year recovery service where you can send in the drive to the manufacturer and they will extract the platters and retrieve your data. Included with purchase!! Can't beat that!
Pros: I run an IT company that supports several clients of various industries and we use these backup drives all the time for our customers. We've installed probably over 15 of these devices, both the G2 and G3 models. Whether we're using them as workstation backups, NAS backups, or even Windows Server backup destinations, they work great!! I would highly recommend these to anyone that doesn't want to fool with the hassle of offsite backups. I'm not a fan of offsite backups...
but seems to be the best buy out there for the fire-proof water-proof need
Vernon V. Chatman III, Amazon
14 February 2015
Summary: More capacity than I need, but seems to be the best buy out there for the fire-proof water-proof need. Works great as network storage on router usb 3.0 port. Used as backup for critical data that can survive a local disaster--e.g., irreplaceable digital photos and hard to reconstruct digital files. If you've taken the time to scan and store important docs and records, you need disaster protection. The Solo G3 is cheap insurance.
Summary: The unit arrived in good condition. It seems to be well-built and capable of meeting the manufacturer's claims. The unit powered up, mounted correctly, and was recognized by the computer over the local network. In summation, it seems to be working as advertised. The battleship gray color is unattractive, but most people won't care.