The 5C is the latest addition to the Drobo family. It joins the Mini, 5Dt, and 5D that I reviewed three years ago. This latest generation holds true to the iconic and recognizable design on the outside but inside Drobo has upgraded this solution to take advantage of USB-C.
Drobo uses a type of Hybrid RAID with all of their platforms called BeyondRAID. This type of RAID allows you to mix and match drive sizes or to upgrade on-the-fly simply by removing and adding in a larger capacity drive. Further hardware features include an onboard battery backup system for the NAND flash onboard the 5C, which takes any in-flight data from your hard drives and stores it in flash should you ever have power issues.
The Drobo Dashboard is the software platform that gives you complete control of your storage with Drobo. This too hasn't changed much over the years although it does include Time Machine support that allows you to control how much storage you want for MacOS backups.
The specifications above go over in a bit more detail the features of the 5C. This, of course, is a five-bay appliance supporting 3.5" SATA disk drives with no capacity ceiling. Operating system support includes MacOS 10.10 and above along with Windows 7 through 10. BeyondRAID features include Thin Provisioning, Instant Expansion as I explained above, and single or dual disk redundancy. File systems of choice are NTFS and HFS+.
The MSRP of the Drobo 5C comes in at $349.99 with a one-year warranty in the states and two years inside the EU.
PRICING: You can find the Drobo 5C Five-Bay USB-C DAS for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Drobo 5C Five-Bay USB-C DAS retails for $349 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Drobo 5C Five-Bay USB-C DAS retails for £363 at Amazon UK.
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