Elgato Thunderbolt SSD offers blazing speed -- at a price
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Elgato Thunderbolt SSD offers blazing speed -- at a price


You feel the need for speed? You got some serious moolah to spend? Then check out the Thunderbolt SSD from Elgato (http://www.elgato.com), which combines a solid-state drive with Thunderbolt technology.

Elgato calls it "the ultimate portable high-speed storage solution." That's a bit of marketing hyperbole, but this thing is wicked fast. It trounces the performance of USB and FireWire (even FW800) drives.

Elgato says it's over three times as fast as a FireWire 800 drive and over eight times as fast as an USB 2.0 drive. Again, that's a bit of an exaggeration, at least on the FireWire 800 comparison, though I've found the Elgato drive to be over twice as fast as any FW 800 drives I have. (You can find some detailed tech specs at http://barefeats.com/hard147.html).

The Thunderbolt SSD is extremely convenient to use. Housed in a metal enclosure, the drive draws its power directly through the Thunderbolt port. No external power cord is needed (though you will need to spring for an US$40 Thunderbolt cable, as one isn't included). Also, Mac OS X fully supports the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD, so no additional software or driver installation is required.

Plug it in, and it mounts on any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac. The drive is pre-formatted as HFS+, since few Windows systems have Thunderbolt support yet.

Finally, the Thunderbolt SSD runs silently. In several days of using the drive, I never heard it make a peep.

Write speeds are lower with data that can't be compressed. Why is that? The SSD inside the Elgato ThunderboltTM SSD contains a SandForce controller that uses real-time hardware compression and de-duplication to reduce the amount of data written to the flash memory. If data can't be compressed because it consists of random bits or already compressed files, all of the data will need to be written. Most factory-installed SSDs in Macs use the same technology.

What you have to decide is if having this state-of-the-art storage solution is worth the cash. The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD costs US$429.95 for a 120GB version and $699.95 for a 240GB model. You can get traditional hard disk drives with LOTS more storage for a LOT cheaper price. However, the Thunderbolt SSD is less costly than similar products, such as LaCie's TB external SSD (though this product does come with a Thunderbolt cable).

The Elgato drive is also the only Thunderbolt drive at present that's bus powered. Also worth considering: due to the lack of moving, mechanical parts, Solid State Drives are less prone to accidental damage than traditional hard drives.

If you can afford it, the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD is blazingly fast and a perfect complement to the latest Macs, especially the storage impaired MacBook Air line. However, with the price tag, it's probably not a viable purchase for casual users.

Rating: 9 out of 10

-- Dennis Sellers

 
AAPL
$123.25
Apple Inc.
-0.99
GOOG
$548.34
Google Inc.
-6.83
MSFT
$40.97
Microsoft Corporation
-0.24
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Appy to Have Known You - Lee Hamlet Look...
Being at 148Apps these past 2 years has been an awesome experience that has taught me a great deal, and working with such a great team has been a privilege. Thank you to Rob Rich, and to both Rob LeFebvre and Jeff Scott before him, for helping me to grow as a writer and for giving me the opportunity to write about what I love: playing innovative... | Read more »
MLB Manager 2015 (Games)
MLB Manager 2015 5.0.14 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 5.0.14 (iTunes) Description: Guide your favorite MLB franchise to glory! MLB Manager 2015, officially licensed by MLB.com and based on the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball series, is the most fun and realistic baseball game ever created for... | Read more »
Breath of Light (Games)
Breath of Light 1.0.1421 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.1421 (iTunes) Description: Hold a quiet moment.Breath of Light is a meditative and beautiful puzzle game with a hypnotic soundtrack by Winterpark.BEAUTIFULInspired by modern minimalism combined with a range of meditative art styles, from Zen... | Read more »
WWE WrestleMania Tags into the App Store
Are You ready to rumble? The official WWE WrestleMania app, by World Wrestling Entertainment, is now available. Now you can get all your WrestleMania info in one place before anyone else. The app offers details on superstar signings, interactive venue maps, event schedules, WrestleMania Superstore hours, stadium information, and more. You can also... | Read more »
Bio Inc's New Expansion is Infectin...
Bio Inc., by DryGin Studios, is the real time strategy game where you infect a human body with the worst virus your evil brain can design. Recently, the game was updated to add a whole lot of new features. Now you can play the new “Lethal” difficulty, which chakllenges even hardcore players. If you aren't quite there yet you can still enjoy the “... | Read more »
The Monocular Minion is Here! Despicable...
Despicable Me: Minion Rush, by Gameloft, is introducing a new runner to the mix in their latest update. Now you can play as Carl, the prankster minion. Carl has a few new abilities to play with, including running at a higher speed from the start. Gameloft has also added Eduardo's House as a new area. You'll be able to race through the infamous El... | Read more »
Dungeon of Madness (Games)
Dungeon of Madness 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Dungeon of Madness is an action game where you rotate tiles to create our own route. Help the hero by connecting the road so he reaches hostages, then lead them out while also directing monsters into deadly traps.... | Read more »
Filters for iPhone (Photography)
Filters for iPhone 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Photography Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Jump'N'Shoot Attack (Games)
Jump'N'Shoot Attack 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A mobile game for gamers! Join Louise Lightfoot, the legendary "Master of Jumping and Shooting", on her mission to save the President of Earth 4 from evil space mutants known as the Xatharr!! Collect items to boost attacks... | Read more »
Space Bounties Inc. (Games)
Space Bounties Inc. 1.4 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.4 (iTunes) Description: SuperGameDroid: 4/5 "Satisfying futuristic RPG combat, high replay value, and a heavy dose of nostalgia make Space Bounties Inc. a worthwhile experience." SlimGamer: 9/10 "From the retro graphics to the pitch-perfect... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.