Cloud Mate changes the way you interact with iCloud. With a Finder-like interface, drag-and-drop functionality and Notification Center alerts, Cloud Mate gives you the keys to unlock iCloud's vault and puts all of your documents at your fingertips--in some cases even more than we'd like to see.
The HEX Drake Origin is a good-looking pack. Made from blended wool, the herringbone pattern is hip and doesn’t scream tech-geek. Following the trend of using natural fabrics in bags, the Drake Origin even has leather zipper pulls. The pack feels solid and well-constructed.
Having a photo shoot on the other side of town in the pouring rain with no way to get there but on a bicycle (or parkour) is going to require a special kind of camera bag, and Chrome is betting you’ll want their new Niko Camera Pack for your pricey gear on such a day.
The current conventional logic with solid state drives goes as follows: they're new, they're cool, they're speedy, and they're expensive — but once you go SSD, it's incredibly hard to go back. This theory is fully proven with OCZ's new Vector solid state drive, the 256GB variant having occupied my mid-2011 MacBook Pro for a few weeks now and making me dread the day I have to send the review unit back.
Budgeting isn't fun. Crunching numbers and tracking expenses is dull, tedious work we try to avoid at all costs, but it's a necessary fact of life — especially when you've got a couple of car bills and a mortgage. BUDGT understands our pain. With a delightfully simple interface and deceptively powerful money-managing tools, BUDGT will keep a close watch on your daily expenses — so long as you're willing to spend a little time with it each day.
Hard drives are cheaper than ever, so there's no excuse for not keeping your precious data backed up. Drobo's affordable storage solutions use data-aware tiering to protect against a single drive failure, traditionally at the expense of speed—until now. The company’s latest Drobo 5D and Drobo mini products offer the protection of a RAID storage array coupled with modern, lightning-fast Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity.
The Retina MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs are great computers. Whether you need ultra-high resolution or ultra-portability, those machines are stunning workhorses. But there's a tradeoff: Both models come with fixed flash storage. Many MacBook users need to pack along an external drive in order to house all their data. Recent offerings from Western Digital and G-Technology bring signature Mac style to svelte little external drives that are at home on your desk or in your pocket.
Thunderbolt (and lightning) may have been very, very frightening to Freddie Mercury, but Apple fans have been pining away for stuff to use with the Thunderbolt port on their Macs. Western Digital’s My Book VelociRaptor Duo puts the waiting to an end, literally. This ultra-fast desktop RAID offers blistering speed, but it comes at a cost.
For those of us who can’t afford pricey solid-state drives, but still need a speedy solution for storing data and transferring large files, RAIDs can fill the void--and provide much more storage capacity, dollar for dollar. When configured as a RAID 0, two drives working as one can offer impeccable performance for media, while a RAID 1 can offer a reliable backup solution as one hard drive mirrors the other. Now, hard drive manufacturers are offering Thunderbolt-compatible RAIDs to help bridge the gap between affordable storage solutions and Apple’s new high-speed technology, and both Western Digital and G-Technology have entered the market with their own Thunderbolt RAID offerings.
There’s fast, and then there’s really fast, and then there’s the disbelief that you’ve been driving in the slow lane for so long. After the debut of the Thunderbolt I/O, we were excited at the idea of syncing at 10Gb/s speeds, but the first batch of portable drives with Thunderbolt were all platter-based HDDs, and those internal discs can only spin so fast. Speedier solid-state drives can take better advantage of Thunderbolt’s potential, as Elgato’s Thunderbolt SSD clearly demonstrates.