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Drobo (Second generation)

Drobo (Second generation)
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Synology DiskStation DS1513+

Synology DiskStation DS1513+
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Price $999 at 1 store $836 to $887 at 4 stores $509 to $684 at 6 stores $599 to $742 at 6 stores
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3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.6 (3.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.2 (4.5 stars)
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Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.1 (4.5 stars)
Average user rating 2.5 stars out of 27 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one! 0 stars No reviews, write one! 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date July 09, 2008 May 14, 2013 January 14, 2013 April 23, 2012
The Bottom Line 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 Synology DiskStation DS1513+ is easily one of the best multiple-bay NAS servers to date, performing superbly both as an advanced storage server and as the central host for a long list of home entertainment and business uses. Synology DiskStation DS412+ makes an excellent NAS server for advanced home and small-office networks.

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Packaged Quantity 1
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Max Supported Capacity 16 TB
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Interface Hi-Speed USB
FireWire 800
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Weight Info unavailable 9.4 lbs
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Device Type Hard drive array
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Installed Devices / Modules Qty 0 (installed) / 4 (max)
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Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty
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Dimensions (WxDxH) 6 in x 10.7 in x 6.3 in
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Optical Storage None
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Storage Controller (2nd) None
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Storage Controller Serial ATA
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