Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter

The Good The sturdy Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter adds support for the Thunderbolt standard to any existing GoFlex external hard drive and turns any standard SATA internal drive into a Thunderbolt storage device. The adapter offers excellent performance.

The Bad The Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter doesn't include a Thunderbolt cable, and is slightly bulky. The accessory could also be better priced.

The Bottom Line All things considered, the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter is currently the best investment for those who want a superfast storage device to use with a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.3 Overall

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Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter

Mac owners who crave a Thunderbolt storage device can finally get some relief thanks to Seagate. Unlike other Thunderbolt drives that are so outrageously expensive and generally rigid in terms of capacities, the new GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter itself costs just around $190 and is very flexible. When coupled with a GoFlex drive, or any other internal drive, for that matter (not included, price varies), the adapter offers the best deal among the few Thunderbolt storage devices on the market.

The only shortcoming I found with the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter is the fact that it, like many other Thunderbolt devices, doesn't include a Thunderbolt cable (which costs another $50). However, this is more of an issue with Apple than with the storage vendor. And speaking of cost, at $190, the adapter is also relatively pricey.

If you're looking for a fast single-volume storage device to use at home with your Thunderbolt-enabled Mac, look no further than the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter and a GoFlex Desk drive.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $200
  • Brand Seagate Technology
  • Weight 9.17 oz
  • Supported Devices hard drive
  • OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Bus Type Thunderbolt
  • Type power adapter
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