Best Thunderbolt professional hardware (February 2013 edition)

Best Thunderbolt professional hardware (February 2013 edition)

Summary: While USB is good enough for the regular user, high-end power users will benefit greatly from the performance and flexibility offered by the Thunderbolt. Here are eight of the best Thunderbolt devices available.

TOPICS: Apple, Hardware

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  • Promise Pegasus R6 18TB

    The Promise Pegasus R6 is the first six-bay high-performance hardware RAID box designed to leverage Thunderbolt. It comes equipped with six 3TB 7200-rpm hard drives offering a total of 18TB of storage when configured for RAID 5. RAID 0, 1, 6, 10, 50, and 60 also supported.

    The performance of this device has to be experienced to be believed, and it allows you to move a massive amount of data quickly and easily.

    Price: $2,999.

    (Credit: Promise)

  • Blackmagic UltraStudio 3D

    The Blackmagic UltraStudio 3D is the world's first video product to feature Thunderbolt technology for smooth capture and playback of SDI, HDMI, and analog video.

    Thanks to Thunderbolt's amazing bitrate, the UltraStudio 3D has the power to support full-resolution real-time dual-stream 3D capture and playback with no compression.

    Whether you're filming a television show, a live event, or the next Hollywood blockbuster, the performance offered by UltraStudio 3D will allow you to effortlessly handle the masses of data involved.

    Price: $995.

    (Credit: Blackmagic)

  • Apple 27-inch Thunderbolt display

    One of the nicest displays on the market is Apple's 27-inch Thunderbolt display. But this is so much more than just a display. Not only does it feature a high-resolution 2560-by-1440 LED-backlit display, it also incorporates a FaceTime HD camera, high-quality audio, three USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a spare Thunderbolt port for daisy-chaining additional devices.

    All this is driven over the single Thunderbolt cable to your Mac.

    There's also a MagSafe connector for keeping your MacBook charged up.

    Price: $999.

    (Credit: Apple)

Topics: Apple, Hardware

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  • Still waiting for the Thunderbolt Time capsule

    or Thunderbolt/wifi hybrid..
    • Time Machine

      The 1TB Thunderbolt drive can be used as a time machine drive and it prompts for that when first plugged in.
  • Drobo

    You missed the newest Drobo RAID drive boxes that are Thunderbolt equipped.
  • Areca ARC-8050

    You also missed Areca's ARC-8050 Thunderbolt external RAID storage box.
  • Sad!

    It's so sad Apple always out prices themselves and all the Applefans pay for it.
    Granted I have to still wait for Thunderbolt to catch on to PC's but, cost compared to Apple products is well worth the wait.