Summary: The good: The unit is built very well with screw-less push in system for the drives It's light and small to carry around - in the right configuration you can take secure TBs in your hand. The bad: If it's speed with SSDs what you hope to get, please consider the following: I purchased the drobo mini as it was adverted as an HDD and SSD enclosure for USB3 and TB.
... saying I own few Drobo product and I was happy with them
Shan Chen, Amazon
8 October 2014
Summary: I want to start by saying I own few Drobo product and I was happy with them, and I do work in the computer industry for 15 years... After I recieve my Drobo mini, I was happy with the size, but then it started to go down hill there... 1st was the size partition in the dashboard, it automaticly select the 16GB size even I only install 4 X 2GB HDD, I understand this might allow future expansion to a max 16GB, but since it did not allow me to make any selection to other...
The case looks good, but is no use as a portable unit ...
2 October 2014
Summary: Deeply unimpressed. I had such high hopes. I was hoping for a portable SSD RAID that I could carry around; what I got was a backup system with an unacceptable performance overhead caused by the underwhelming Drobo software. I found that a four SSD Drobo RAID was slower than a single SSD in a buss powered Thunderbolt case. The unit is not exactly plug and play. It is commonplace to need a number of attempts to mount and use the Drobo Mini.
Summary: I've had the unit for a few months. It has stopped presenting a partition to my computer. It seemed to work pretty flawless for about a month, then it would unexpectedly "eject" after about 10 hours of being on, this lasted a week or so. Now it won't mount all, or will eject after a few minutes. I have purchased "DroboCare", thinking it was like "AppleCare" and might unofficially give me some priority.
This review comes after three months of use of the ...
Joel Turrell, Amazon
3 August 2014
Summary: This review comes after three months of use of the Drobo Mini. For my needs and usage, this device could hardly be topped short of spending a couple thousand dollars more money. I have the Drobo attached to my "new, silo style" 2013 Mac Pro. It has performed flawlessly as the repository for my photography files. My work is largely with stills, although there are the occasional videos.
Summary: I've been pretty happy with this little unit. So far so good. It's compact and can hold a decent amount of data/backup if you get the larger sized drives. It's a bit noisy (IMHO) but not overly so. Granted, I do have mine somewhat close to me on my desk.
Summary: Purchased to replace the internal HD in a Mac Desktop computer. Drobo says "beyond RAID" but array has zero configuration options. There are outstanding issues as a primary boot device. Very difficult to configure additional partitions - Using OSX Disk Utility will conflict with Drobo and destroy the array configuration and unfortunately there are no software warnings of such, only failure.
Pros: The unit works as promised, nothing to argue there. It took me a lot of digging to get any real speed details on this unit before I bought it. I use it to store backups mostly, ISOs from projects, photo backups, etc. I have 4x Seagate 500GB SATA 7,200RPM drives with a 64GB mSATA drive. Over USB 3.0 I get around 65-75Mbps sustained write. If the file is small, below 4-6GB, it's usually an instant transfer due to the mSATA add-on. Read is very good, usually around 110-1...
Cons: Unit failed after 9 months, but Drobo support replaced it very quickly.