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 SANLink Thunderbolt to 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel adapter

    Connecting a Thunderbolt-enabled desktop or notebook to a high-speed Fibre Channel has never been easier. The Promise SANLink Thunderbolt to 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel adapter works out of the box with absolutely no software required.

    The SANLink has two 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel ports offering up to 800MB/s of bandwidth. It also features two Thunderbolt ports connecting to more Thunderbolt enabled devices.

    Price: $799.

    (Credit: Promise)

  • Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 portable hard drive

    Want a portable storage solution that won't need a second mortgage? Check out the Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 portable hard drive.

    Given that this contains a 5,400-rpm hard drive, this portable drive is nowhere near as fast as the SSD or RAID storage solutions listed, but the Thunderbolt port not only means that you'll be able to push the drive to the max, it also supplies power to the device, eliminating the need for an external power source.

    Price: $250.

    (Credit: Buffalo)

  • Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter

    Thunderbolt hardware doesn't have to cost the earth.

    In an effort to make its notebooks as thin as possible, Apple has done away with the gigabit Ethernet port on its MacBooks. While Wi-Fi is more that adequate for most people, sometimes you'll need the speed offered by Ethernet if you plan on moving big files.

    This is where Apple's Thunderbolt to gigabit Ethernet adapter comes in handy. I can throw it into a notebook bag and it's there waiting for me when I need it.

    Price: $29.

    (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.