As editor of
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Desktop hard drives normally offer faster speed and greater capacity, whereas portable drives offer the flexibility of being able to throw them into a bag for a studio session or a gig. The best of both worlds would be nice.
G-Technology have come to the rescue with a combination of both desktop Thunderbolt drive and 2 x 1TB 7200rpm portable drives (the G-Drive ev), they call it the G-DOCK ev With Thunderbolt Storage.
Of course with any product that aims to meet a number of needs there is the danger of compromise, being a jack of all trades and rather than a master of one. Have G-Tech fallen into this trap or have they managed to deliver on a mixed set of needs?
The G-DOCK ev In Use
The G-DOCK ev comes well equipped with a box full of goodies that is enough to make any unboxing junky happy, it includes the G-DOCK ev dock, 2 x 1TB 7200rpm drives, power supply and a set of cables, including a Thunderbolt cable. The G-DOCK ev dock has a PSU socket on the rear and TWO Thunderbolt ports. One would think that two Thunderbolt ports shouldn't be anything special but there are far too many products on the market currently shipping with a single Thunderbolt port. A single Thunderbolt port makes devices less useful for those using devices as part of a media production system which will often include an audio interface - the provision of two ports is big thumbs up allowing the user to daisy-chain through the G-DOCK ev and mitigates the need for read more...