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NewerTech Shipping New miniStack for Mac Mini

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:15 am    Post subject: NewerTech Shipping New miniStack for Mac Mini Reply with quote

NewerTech Shipping New miniStack for Mac Mini
Saturday, June 30, 2012
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NewerTech has begun shipping their new miniStack external hard drive for the 2010 and 2011 Mac mini. The new aluminum-bodied miniStack features FireWire 800/400, USB 3.0/2.0 and eSATA ports for data transfer. It also includes a quiet MagLev fan on the inside for cooling and integrated Kensington Security Slot. The new miniStack is being offered as a barebones kit and in various capacities up to 4TB. Pricing for the new miniStack starts at $90.



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could end up being nice if the new Mac minis have USB 3.0, but I wish it had Thunderbolt instead of eSATA. And keep the same prices, which to be honest already appear to be on the pricey side. Even though I haven't seen many externals with USB 3.0 and Firewire 800.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking and the bare drive price isn't bad, but the eSATA is worthless for a Mini owner. Remove it, save a few bucks or add Thunderbolt. eSATA is pretty much worthless for anyone but a PRO owner so why do they keep adding it to their drives.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HaHaHaHa

You dont get it do you the reason they put esata on the external is because of the thunderbolt there are several companys working on a thunderbolt to esata adapter that is why they choose esata because its cheaper to it's customers.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a shame they didn't go with Thunderbolt, but it sounds like a nice drive otherwise. It also looks like they moved from plastic to an aluminum enclosure. I could be wrong, but I think the other Ministacks were made out of plastic. Being aluminum sort of brings it back inline with the old LaCie mini. Which was a really nice drive for the Mac mini. In fact, I still have two of them running to this day.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like a very nice product.

The pricing is in line with LaCie and G-technology products, but Newer Technology stuck their neck out once again and made an aluminum drive enclosure in a Mac mini form factor, that only appeals to a very small market.

Thanks again Newer Technology!

Thanks for keeping your logo low key as well.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose that if you were looking to simply connect a single drive enclosure to your Mac mini, this would do the job just fine without all the bells and whistles.

NewerTech does not claim this is the perfect companion to the Mac mini, and in terms of expansion or functionality it certainly is not. It is a hard drive enclosure and thats about it. It doesn't even have a USB 3 hub.

On a positive note, based on the products' picture gallery, I think the look and build quality are A+. Also, the functionality exists to daisy-chain multiple MiniStacks via FW, which I consider acceptable (not as fast as USB 3, but acceptable compared to USB 2).

I truly hope they release something like this but with much more functionality and port expansion, to include daisy-chaining Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports, as well as a built-in Blu-Ray drive. Only then will Newertech provide a product worthy enough as a quality companion to the current Mac lineup.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an older model Mac Mini 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and bought two mini stacks for it. One for video the other for Time Machine. it's the perfect setup for my needs. When I upgrade to the Core i5 I have no doubt this will be my next purchase.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squid3660 wrote:
I suppose that if you were looking to simply connect a single drive enclosure to your Mac mini, this would do the job just fine without all the bells and whistles.

NewerTech does not claim this is the perfect companion to the Mac mini, and in terms of expansion or functionality it certainly is not. It is a hard drive enclosure and thats about it. It doesn't even have a USB 3 hub.

On a positive note, based on the products' picture gallery, I think the look and build quality are A+. Also, the functionality exists to daisy-chain multiple MiniStacks via FW, which I consider acceptable (not as fast as USB 3, but acceptable compared to USB 2).

I truly hope they release something like this but with much more functionality and port expansion, to include daisy-chaining Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports, as well as a built-in Blu-Ray drive. Only then will Newertech provide a product worthy enough as a quality companion to the current Mac lineup.


It doesn't need to be a Thunderbolt enclosure, Blu-ray drive or USB3 hub, to fulfil it's intended purpose.

"The large storage capacity up to 4.0TB and multi-interface options make the miniStack ideal for storing or backing up large music, photo, and video libraries."

Any music, video, photo storage or playback will work just fine with even the slowest of the interfaces (USB 2). Adding Thunderbolt, a Blu-ray drive and a USB 3 hub would add at least $200 to the enclosure + another $50 for a Thunderbolt cable.

While there is always a market for high end products, there's a much larger market for affordable products, especially with Mac mini users. My guess is most online Mac mini users will just order the bare bones enclosure and then shop for a low price on a hard drive, or use a drive that they have kicking around.
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