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Drobo 5C Five-Bay USB-C DAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Mar 8, 2017 5:55 am
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TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Drobo

The Drobo 5C

 

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Packaging for the 5C carries an image of the appliance on the front. To the right, we have marketing information and down below supported operating systems and connectivity.

 

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There is a full comparison of the Drobo product line on the side of the box that includes the B810n and 5N Network appliances.

 

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Drobo has kept with the amazing unboxing experience, the box above greets you upon opening.

 

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The scope of delivery includes the power adapter, Type-C to C cable, and reading materials.

 

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The 5C comes in a protective cloth bag.

 

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The bottom of the Drobo houses regulatory info to the right and model information to the left.

 

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The five drive bays of this appliance are tool-less without drive trays. Each slot has its LED to the right while the entire unit has a range of LEDs at the bottom.

 

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The back of the unit houses the power switch, power input, and USB-C port.

 

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I am using the ASUS Thunderbolt EX 3 to test the Drobo 5C; this AIC uses the Intel L6540 capable of 40 Gbit/s speed, PCIe 3.0, HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2 and USB 3.0.

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