Drobo 5c 5-Bay USB Type-C Self-Managing DAS Review




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A Closer Look at the Drobo 5c


Each drive tray is tool-less and carrier-less for easy installation and swapping. At the bottom of the unit are all the LEDs used for power, status, and data fillage. Next to each drive is also a LED that shows the status of each drive. All of them are multi-coloured for easy recognition.

Drobo 5C Photo closeup drive tray and led

The rear side features a large fan that will keep your unit running cool despite it being loaded with five mechanical drives. The fan is also well protected with the overlaying mesh.

Drobo 5C Photo rear

The power button is a soft touch button and other than that, there isn’t that much on the rear side – because we don’t need a lot. There is the USB 3.0 Type-C connector, the power connector, and a Kensington security latch.

Drobo 5C Photo closeup button and connector

The bottom is equipped with four large rubber feet holding it in place.

Drobo 5C Photo bottom

The front cover is held in place magnetically and its easy removable when needed. We can also spot the five transparent parts here where the drive LEDs can shine through.

Drobo 5C Photo closeup cover 1

The inside of the cover has a sticker placed that explains the various drive states possible, allowing you quickly to see if you need to take any action without the need to remember anything. There are also replacement stickers included in other languages than English.

Drobo 5C Photo closeup cover 2The power supply can deliver 12V at 10A which should equal 120W power capabilities. Plenty to run a box like this.

Drobo 5C Photo closeup psu

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