Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter review: Best deal so far

CNET Editor Dong Ngo reviews the GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter from Seagate and finds it to be the best option for those looking for a single-volume Thunderbolt storage solution on the market to date.

Finally, you now can have access to a Thunderbolt storage device without having to sell an arm and a leg, but maybe just a little finger.

Seagate's latest adapter for its superflexible external hard drive, the GoFlex Desk, now supports the Thunderbolt standard and costs just $190.

While $190 is not a small amount, the GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter, when coupled with a GoFlex Desk drive (which costs another $250 for the top 4TB capacity), still comes out at least $100 cheaper than any other Thunderbolt storage device, including those with much less storage space.

The GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter makes an excellent Thunderbolt storage solution for a supported Mac.
The GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter makes an excellent Thunderbolt storage solution for a supported Mac. Dong Ngo/CNET

To add icing to this good deal, the Thunderbolt adapter also works with GoFlex portable drives and any other standard SATA internal drives, both 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch, of any capacities. This means you can really be in control of your storage space.

In my testing, the adapter offered excellent performance. Having two Thunderbolt ports, it can be used with multiple Thunderbolt devices in a daisy-chain setup, or you can choose to use multiple adapters to add more storage via your Mac's Thunderbolt port.

The adapter, unfortunately, doesn't come with a Thunderbolt cable, which is required for it to work. However, this is a common thing for all Thunderbolt storage devices on the market and more of a issue with Apple than with the storage vendors.

To find out how good of a deal the adapter is, compared with others, check out the full review of the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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