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Hands-on: CalDigit’s TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock plays nice with the LG UltraFine 5K Display [Video]
by Jeff Benjamin

"It allows users to connect two 4K displays or a single 5K display, and provides needed connectivity options like USB-A, USB-C, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and more.”..... Read More…

Review: CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 Cable
by Jim Kerr

"The cables are thoughtfully and durably designed with good quality plugs at either end.”

"I’ve been carrying them around in my bag and using them for a couple of weeks now – they certainly stand up to abuse and I’ve never had any dropped or faulty connections.”..... Read More…

CalDigit TUFF 2TB USB 3.1 Type-C External Drive Review
by Ogy Stoilov

"For me, the rugged build quality is very important as well, after years of using only LaCie rugged drives, I am definitely considering replacing all my external drives with the CalDigit TUFF.

The CalDigit TUFF 2TB is an excellent choice for a secure backup in extreme environments and especially when using the drive as a temporary field backup – this way you don’t only have your footage copied on your laptop."... Read More…

The Best Laptop Accessories / Gadgets Ep. 2
by Matthew Moniz

CalDigit Tuff USB-C Review - The Best Hard Drive for a MacBook?
by Zach Blickstein

Review: CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 Cable
by Jim Kerr

"Supporting video, audio, networking and USB through this single cable is a real bonus, especially now that ports are becoming unfashionable on certain laptops."..... Read More…

Caldigit Tuff USB-C Hard Drive Review
by zollotech

by MrThaiBox123

Fstoppers Reviews the Caldigit TUFF 2 TB USB Type-C Waterproof Portable Hard Drive
by Dylan Goldby

"I stepped it up by dropping it off a moving motorcycle (only about 20 km/h, but that should be enough to destroy a regular drive) and down a flight of stairs. The rubber case didn't even show a scratch after these two tests. But, it was quite dusty and needed a shower. Who was I to refuse? I gave each side of the drive 10 minutes under the shower in my hotel, and then, just because I was in Vietnam, hit it with the "bum-gun" as well. After drying it out, I opened the seal over the USB port and plugged it in. The drive powered up and my copy test still passed with flying colors — not a single error."... Read More…

CalDigit USB-C Dock review: A full-featured USB-C dock with both DisplayPort and HDMI ports
by Glenn Fleishman

"For now, there’s not a better nor more flexible dock you can purchase.” Read More…

CalDigit USB-C Docking Station: Power Your Setup over 1 CABLE?!
by Zach Blickstein

CalDigit Tuff

"Not only is the CalDigit Tuff a rugged hard drive designed to survive extreme conditions, it's also a terrific value."
"...the CalDigit Ruff leapfrogs as our new top pick for rugged hard drives."
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by Karl Conrad

[France Review]
Les meilleurs accessoires USB-C !

CalDigit Tuff 2TB Review
by Adam Armstrong

...Users that go on location, and need a drive that gives them enough performance, capacity, and the ability to take a few hits, need to look no farther than the CalDigit Tuff 2TB. Read More…

CalDigit USB-C Type-C USB 3.1 Dock Review
by Tyler Bernath

...I think CalDigit has done a rather great job with their USB-C dock. This solution has everything including fast charge, USB-C charging, solid Gigabit LAN and 4K60 support, and it's slightly cheaper than anything else on the market. A solid win for Caldigit. Read More…

CalDigit USB-C Dock
by Sascha Segan

......Mac and Windows people don't often agree on much. PCMag testing shows that this extends to USB-C docks, as well. The attractive metal CalDigit USB-C Dock is the best fit of the docks .... Read More…

CalDigit USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Dock Review
by Geekanoids

CalDigit Tuff 2TB USB 3.1 Type-C External HDD Review
by Tyler Bernath I briefly mentioned above, is the best I have seen for a 2.5-inch external HDD in the four years I have been writing for TweakTown...Overall, the Tuff is the perfect drive for holding backups or even media you want to take with you on your travels. Read More…

CalDigit’s ‘Tuff’ USB-C portable hard drive is a good choice for on-the-go MacBook owners
by Jeff Benjamin

......I’ve tried several different USB-C enabled hard drives with my MacBook, such as G-Technology’s G Drive, but the CalDigit Tuff is my favorite MacBook external drive thus far. It features a rugged design that can stand up to dust and spills, comes with a silicon protector in a variety of colors, is bus-powered, and SSD models will feature even faster transfer speeds on future hardware. There’s also that handy archive case that the unit ships in, which is great for stowing the Tuff drive along with its included cables..... Read More…

Fast and silent hybrid RAID system: CalDigit T4

......The CalDigit T4 is a hybrid RAID 5,0,1 or JBOD system. It's a perfect fit for video editors. CalDigit T4 is fast and runs silent..... Read More…

CalDigit AV Pro | Full Review
by CWTech

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 (TS2)
by PC Mag UK

......The CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 docking station adds eSATA, Ethernet, HDMI, and USB 3.0 ports to any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac or Windows PC. It's an easy way to instantly connect a multitude of displays, drives, and other peripherals.... Read More…

Super Fast 12TB Thunderbolt 2 Storage - CalDigit T4 Review
by MacTalksTech

CalDigit T4 RAID
by PC Mag UK

......Boasting throughput rates of higher than 500MBps and a 6TB formatted capacity, the CalDigit T4 RAID is a speedy, spacious drive that's well equipped for quickly tackling multitrack audio and 4K video projects.... Read More…

Insanely Fast Large Storage - CalDigit T4 Review
by MrThaiBox123

CalDigit T3 RAID Thunderbolt 2 Storage Benchmark & Review
by Geekanoids

If you have a lot of peripherals to connect to your Mac, and you want high-performance, you should consider a Thunderbolt 2 dock.
by Peter Cohen

......If you're looking for an easy way to connect fast-as-blazes eSATA hard drives to your Thunderbolt 2-equipped Mac, the Thunderbolt Station 2 is the way to go.... Read More…

Thunderbolt 2 docks roundup: The easy way to connect to your Mac laptop
by Roman Loyola

......CalDigit didn’t go with a long, brushed aluminum box design the other docks sport. Instead, the Thunderbolt Station 2 uses a handsome vertical standing “Titanium Grey” aluminum box (CalDigit provides rubber feet to let you rest the dock on its side).... Read More…

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 Docking Device Review
by Tyler Bernath

...the TS2 is currently the best bang for your buck Thunderbolt 2 solution when it comes to features and price point...... Read More…

One cable does it all!
by MacTalksTech

We will all agree that Apple designs beautiful machines but often sacrifices connectivity for design. That's where a dock/station like the TS2 comes in very handy.

Review: Thunderbolt Station 2

......this box means no more agonizing over what you have to unplug so you can connect something else. It brings back the ins and outs you may have lost and is an elegant and affordable way to do so.... Read More…


......The Caldigit Thunderbolt 2 Station makes your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or any Mac with a Thunderbolt port, a powerhouse of connectivity with access to technologies that do not come standard with many of the modern Macs.... Read More…

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 Review
by Geekanoids

Thunderbolt Station 2 By CalDigit Review!

......looking for a compact thunderbolt dock, buy this. This is very well designed with a solid build, made out of a sturdy metal casing....…

CalDigit TS2 Thunderbolt Station 2 (in action)
by Tom Q's Tech Tips

CalDigit’s Thunderbolt Station 2 Unboxing & Review!
by Coastormer

......This is one of the best Thunderbolt hubs you can get for the price!....…

CalDigit's TS2 Thunderbolt Station Dock is a Nifty Convenience Packed with Features
by Adam Ottke

......For $200, the reality is that the CalDigit TS2 is probably the best Thunderbolt dock for the money -- it's why I bought one. A two-year warranty sweetens the pot considering the competition offers only one....… Read More…

Review: CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 2 RAID. It's Time to Put Your Fears Aside
by Barry Braverman

......This past summer, for instance, in connection with Ridley Scott’s Equals, captured on location in Japan and Singapore, I shot, edited and produced the movie’s accompanying featurette from a hodgepodge of combined 2K and HD source footage. The T4 formatted RAID-5 with striped drives and distributed parity offers the best of both worlds, combining very high actual throughput with good redundancy. This offered the flexibility I needed to manage a range of resolutions in multiple streams, and peace of mind that my original material was protected....… Read More…

CalDigit’s Mac hub Thunderbolt Station 2 competes on pricing, size, and build quality

......It’s definitely a winner if you’re looking for the smallest option, the hub with the lowest MSRP, or the one with eSATA support...… Read More…

CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt RAID 5 Array: More Space, More Speed, More Money
by Jim Tanous

......Performance in RAID 0 and, more importantly, RAID 5 is impressive, and the array ran cool and quiet throughout our testing period.. ...… Read More…

CalDigit T3 with Thunderbolt 2 review

......Well-designed and quietly capable, this is a brilliant Thunderbolt 2 storage device for demanding power users.. ...… Read More…


......Creative professionals seeking a high quality, high performance storage solution for image and video editing will be impressed by the CalDigit T3. It's good looks and premium finish are matched only by the T3's impressive file transfer performance.. ...… Read More…

The CalDigit T3 with Thunderbolt 2: Review & Benchmarks
by Jim Tanous

......the T3 is a great-looking, cool, and quiet device and we think CalDigit nailed the design on the first try.

The T3 is a solid and, in our opinion, great looking device that fits in perfectly with any modern Mac setup. Stability with all three units from both tests was rock solid, and even the hard drive-based models operated at low temperatures and barely-audible noise levels. This is a professional-grade product, to be sure; as long as the three-drive configuration suits your needs, we recommend checking it out. ...… Read More…

CalDigit T3 Review
by Adam Armstrong

...The Caldigit T3 offers tremendous speed, capacity, and versatility to creatives that need it, such as those working with 4K videos and other large file sets… Read More…

CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt RAID Enclosure Review - Three Drive Thunderbolt Storage for your Mac or PC.
by Tyler Bernath

...After a successful unboxing of the CalDigit T3, I instantly knew I was holding a top tier storage solution. I say this because whether it's the weight or the aesthetics of a product (or even both), somehow we know when something is built really well. As expected, based upon my past experience with CalDigit products, the build quality of the T3 was top notch. The pure aluminum structure of the T3 really lets you know how much time and effort went into machining this solution..… Read More…

The CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt Array Provides Fast and Flexible Storage
in a Quiet Package

by Jim Tanous

...Like CalDigit’s other recent products, the T3 is crafted in beautiful aluminum with clean lines and smooth edges. Just like an Apple product, CalDigit seems to have considered everything when it comes to design...… Read More…

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station review - stylish Thunderbolt hub
by Dominik Tomaszewski

......The CalDigit Thunderbolt station is a very useful addition for anyone with a Thunderbolt Mac that needs up to three USB 3.0 ports, or a quick way to connect all their peripherals quickly. Improved audio quality and consistent HDMI operation would make this product really stand out from the crowd..… Read More…

CalDigit T3 Overview
by diglloyd-Mac Performance Guide

......Opening the box, it’s apparent that the construction is high grade..… Read More…

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station expands your MacBook options
by Steven Sande

...I honestly can't think of any reason not to purchase the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station..… Read More…

The CalDigit Thunderbolt Station
by Jim Tanous

...the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station is the most stable Thunderbolt dock we’ve tested, and that’s an important victory in and of itself. During our multi-week testing period, we connected a variety of displays, external hard drives, thumb drives, and adapters to the CalDigit dock, and everything worked as expected..… Read More…

Review: CalDigit Thunderbolt Station
by Justin King

…, Overall, we found the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station to be a great dock that is particularly useful for the MacBook Air. It neatly organizes cables when the notebook is used on a desktop and connected to one or more displays. … Read More…

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station review
by Peter Cohen

…, CalDigit's Thunderbolt Station is one of a new class of peripherals designed for Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. It uses the prodigious bandwidth of the Thunderbolt connection on new Macs to connect a variety of peripherals over USB, Thunderbolt, Ethernet and more … Read More…

CALDIGIT Thunderbolt Station docking review
by fortysomethinggeek

…, It has three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, audio I/O, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and dual Thunderbolt. The second Thunderbolt port can be used for daisy chaining. This could be the first device on your chain and you can chain drives and accessories afterwords.… Read More…

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station : le meilleur dock Thunderbolt
by Matthieu Lamelot

…, Au final, le CalDigit Thunderbolt Station s'est révélé être un bon produit.… Read More…

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station: The Closest Thing to a Real Dock for Your Mac
by Joseph Kelley

…, If you're in the market for a docking solution or just want to expand the ever-shrinking number of ports on your Mac laptop, CalDigit's Thunderbolt Station is something I highly recommend. Being the price leader just adds an exclamation point.… Read More…

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station USB3 Hub Unboxing
by HomeTracks

...,CalDigit Thunderbolt Station USB3 Hub Unboxing. Just got this today. Looking forward to connecting 2 keyboards and a FaderPort to via the Thunderbolt Station to my MacMini. USB2 Hubs just don't cut it for me anymore... Watch More…

Le fabricant CalDigit propose une station d'accueil Thunderbolt performante et abordable. Le pari est-il réussi ?

…, Le fabricant CalDigit propose une station d'accueil complète pour un prix serré puisqu'elle est commercialisée aux alentours de 180 euros, ce qui en fait tout simplement le modèle le plus abordable du marché. Cerise sur le gâteau, elle offre trois ports USB 3.0 performants et deux ports Thunderbolt permettant le chainage des périphériques.… Read More…

Photoshop User Magazine (CalDigit AV Pro)
by Daniel M.East

…, the USB 3 performance is outstanding with read and write speeds that hit their max without errors or much fluctuation. The solid build quality, more than acceptable fan noise level, and super-high coolness factor from their smartphone monitoring apps make this solution rock-solid…

Tweak Town (CalDigit AV Pro USB 3.0 HDD / SSD Review)
By Tyler Bernath

TweakTown Rating: 95% .

CalDigit enclosures are rather unique in that each of their drive "modules" comes in an archiving case to protect the drive from a myriad of disasters... At first glance the AV Pro from CalDigit is elegant. In fact, as soon as I pulled the enclosure out of the box, it put a smile on my face. Something about holding a heavy, well-built enclosure just does that. I am sure most of you, in the past or even now, have used cheaply built enclosures made out of plastic, maybe that enclosure fell off your desk and shattered and now you're in the market for something with a bit more class...Performance of this enclosure was exceptional with both the SSD and HDD. While the SSD was able to hit blazing speeds of 450MB/s read and 444MB/s write in our ATTO bench test, the hard drive module was equally impressive with its 180MB/s read and write…Read More…

MacWorld (CalDigit AV Pro)
by Kean Bartelman

... If you are a media professional in need of a speedy desktop external drive, and want one that comes with some cool extras, the AV Pro could be the perfect fit. It’s incredibly easy to use right out of the box and performed impressively in our lab tests. Plus, if you fill up a drive, the AV Pro’s drive module allows you to quickly and easily remove and replace it with a fresh one. All in all, CalDigit’s AV Pro is a nice external drive that’s easy to recommend to users looking to maximize their production. Read More…

Mac Observer (CalDigit AV Pro: Substantial Performance with a Price to Match)
by Jim Tanous

...The AV Pro features removable drive modules and options for 2.5-inch SSD drives as well as 3.5-inch traditional hard drives... the drive also supports bus power over the USB and FireWire data cables when using an SSD configuration...In fact, we have yet to find another single-drive USB 3.0 device that can beat the AV Pro in terms of raw performance. Read More…

Connected Digital World (Review of the CalDigit AV Pro External 240GB Solid State Drive )

The design and feel of the drive is good and solid – its made of aluminium and it’s not that heavy... If you are someone who does a lot with audio and video then you really should take a look at the AV Pro, it may just be the external drive you have been waiting for......Read More…

Bare Feats (CalDigit AV Pro with USB 3.0 and FireWire 800)
By rob-ART morgan

… The CalDigit AV Pro joins the newest generation of USB 3.0 enclosures that offer speed rivaling single drive eSATA and Thunderbolt enclosures. Thanks to the installed Intel 520 6G SSD, we measured as high as 426MB/s. Though CalDigit offers versions of the AV Pro that have HDDs up to 4TB…Read More…

We got served (Review: CalDigit AV Pro USB 3.0 External Hard Drive)
By Terry Walsh

… The AV Pro is also hot swappable – that means you can remove the installed drive and slot in a new drive whenever you wish – you simply need to use the accompanying pin keys to “unlock”, then pull out the drive tray and off you go. For the Mac-loving storage geek who wants to keep a careful check on their device, a drive monitoring application for OS X is bundled with the AV Pro, offering diagnostic information and email alerts.…Read More…

Storage Review (CalDigit T1 Thunderbolt Drive Review)
By Dan Volkens

…The CalDigit T1 is built exquisitely well, with plenty of attention paid to fit and finish… A unique aspect of the CalDigit T1 Thunderbolt drive is the supplied ThunderView software which allows users to monitor the status of the enclosure from an iOS device. You can monitor the available space, as well as overall SMART status of the drive to make sure everything is in check… Read More…

Bare Feats (SINGLE DRIVE THUNDERBOLT: CalDigit T1 versus others)
By rob-ART morgan

… The CalDigit T1 single bay Thunderbolt drive delivers faster sequential READ speeds than other "purely" single bay Thunderbolt enclosures …There are two Thunderbolt ports so you can use it to daisy chain to another Thunderbolt device.…Read More…

Caldigit VR Review
by Tej Babra

The CalDigit VR looks fantastic as it resembles a little mini MacPro Tower sitting on my desk with a backlit LCD displaying menus and current status. The Caldigit VR supports hot swappable drives, with the capabilities to support RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD for separate disks without the need of a RAID. The CalDigit VR can reach speeds over 250 MB/s in RAID 0, and over 160 MB/s with RAID 1 protection. Read More…

Mac Observer (CalDigit AV Drive)
by John F. Braun

The CalDigit AV drive is a 1TB external drive designed to be used for audio and video applications. These applications often demand high throughput, so the AV has two of the fastest interfaces you can find, two FireWire 800 ports and a USB 3.0 port. To provide USB 3.0 connectivity, we used the CalDigit SuperSpeed ExpressCard for Laptop. The review compares the FireWire 800 and USB 3 performance on a MacBook Pro. Read More…

MacCast (CalDigit AV Drive)
by Adam Christianson

A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 347. Apple finally responds to Locationgate. Apple spends 11B to shore up supply chain. Mac OS X v10.6.7 Snow Leopard Font Update. iPhone '11 updated. iMac Hard Drive Firmware Update 1.0. New iMacs on May 3rd. Apple developing iCloud. Apple more profitable than Microsoft. White iPhone arrives, really. OS X Lion preparing to pounce. Host iWeb on Dropbox. Saving iOS files to Flash Drive. CalDigit USB 3.0 AVDrive review. Error -1407 in Finder. Measuring Apple's success. Airplay to Mac with BananaTunes. Read More…

Barefeat (CalDigit AV Drive)
by Rob-Art Morgran

The obvious way to expand storage in the 2010 Mac Pro (or other models of Mac Pro) is to add HDDs or SSDs to the four factory drive bays. But sometimes that's not enough to satisfy the professional or consumer or pro-sumer. Let me tell you about three new, innovative, external storage solutions for the Mac Pro. Read More…

MacWorld (CalDigit AV Drive)
by Chris Holt

For months, Mac users have had to sit on the sidelines while Windows users have enjoyed drives with USB 3.0 capabilities. The next-generation connection type promises to be even faster than eSATA while still maintaining USB's convenience and universality. CalDigit's AV Drive claims to be the first drive with USB 3.0 connectivity for both the Mac and Windows Read More…

Creativecow (CalDigit AV Drive)
by Helmut Kobler

USB 3 has been on the horizon for a couple of years, and now some USB 3-enabled hard drives are finally shipping. CalDigit's AV Drive is one of these rare breeds, but it stands out even more because it's the only drive I know of -- shipping today -- that works on the Mac as well as Windows. Read More…

Applereviews (CalDigit AV Drive)
by Ben Gribbin

Most Mac users will have an external hard drive. We all use them. They have become an integral part of our workflow. They offer a quick, simple way of increasing computer storage space without breaking into your precious MacBook to upgrade components. These gadgets tend to look quite tacky. Mac users are very demanding. We want performance, looks and quality. Step in the AV Drive by CalDigit, a beautifully designed hard drive that offers good power efficiency, great looks and speed ?lot's and lot's of speed! Read More…

Prophotocoalition (CalDigit AV Drive)
by Dan Carr

Let's face it, we all spend more time at our computers than we want to these days. With digital camera manufacturers pushing megapixel and file sizes higher and higher, and HD video becoming the norm, we are constantly in need of more hard drives. On top of a need for reliable storage space I'm always looking for a way to speed up my workflow and hence spend less time in front of the monitor. A couple of months ago storage solution specialists CalDigit announced a new addition to their external drive lineup, the USB 3.0 packing AV Drive. Read More…

Lafcpug (CalDigit AV Drive)
by David Saraceno

Enter CalDigit's AV drive, a Mac compatible SuperSpeed USB3 external hard drive bundled with either an ExpressCard 34 or PCIe card and a custom Mac driver. My evaluation package easily installed in an available PCIe slot in a 2009 MacPro. Compatible MacBook Pro owners can purchase the ExpressCard 34 bundle with the drive. The 1TB AV USB3 drive performed surprisingly well using USB3, and provided the fastest write speeds I've seen for a FW800 device. Read More…

David Roth Weiss (Creative Cow Reviews: HDPro2)
By David Roth Weiss    

Buckle your seat belts. In this review COW leader David Roth Weiss, an L.A. based director, editor, and colorist takes you inside CalDigit's brand new HDPro2; an advanced 8-drive video storage solution that will absolutely rock you with blistering performance and sustained video throughput unlike anything you've ever experienced before. Read More…

POST Magazine Review: The CalDigit HDOne
By Tor Rolf Johansen

From Kbs to MBs to GBs to TBs, you'd be blind to not notice the trend. Today's storage needs are increasing at exponential rates. And this trend has led me to a five-plus year search for the ideal storage solution. I've bought a few off-the-shelf, rolled a few of my own and demo'd more than my share. All that experience has brought me to this point, and this review: and I've finally found what I've been looking for, CalDigit's HDOne. Read More…

"Honey, I Shrunk the RAID"
By Brian Gary

So whether it's thumbs up, double guns, lots of stars or diamonds these days in order to recommend something, all I can say is that the VR mini is gear I would use--especially for editing out in the field. And, I would definitely use the RAID 1 feature when shooting with a file-based format like P2 because I'd automatically be creating two copies when I transfer media off the cards. Previously I wrote an article Backup Strategies Part 1 discussing RAID 0 and 1 strategies vis-a-vis standalone storage boxes like CalDigit's VR. Recently!
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Creative Cow Reviews: CalDigit VR mini
By Jerry Hofmann    

It's all fine and well to have an extremely well designed product available, and it's another thing to back it up with support, and from my experience with CalDigit, you needn't worry about either situation. They have responsive customer service and they have a product here that's second to no one's. First in it's class for sure, and let's face it: It's just plain chic.

I like this unit a lot and will give it the coveted 5 cows in a heartbeat! Read More…

CalDigit VR won DV magazine's Award of DV Excellence
By Ned Soltz

The CalDigit VR is solid, quiet, versatile and is backed by a company with a reputation for knowledge in the video world and which delivers the kind of support that professionals require.Among all of the small RAID solutions on the market, I recommend the CalDigit VR for its form factor, versatility of configuration and dependability. Read More...

A discussion of The CalDigit VR
By Brian Gary

The CalDigit VR is a very good RAID 1 (mirror) solution in both form and function. It offers ease of use with both its hardware and software interfaces and I really like how the front panel displays the unit's current state and status. The price point of the VR is also quite compelling considering it has a hardware RAID controller and ships with two drives (price varies with capacity configuration). Read More…

ScribeMedia (CalDigit - HDElement)
By cmarston in Scribe Gear

The HDElement is expandable. The CalDigit RAID Card's multiple external ports allows you to connect up to three HDElements, or twelve individual drives, adding to a total storage capacity of up to 12TB. That? a lot of space! You also have the flexibility to configure the RAID on different RAID levels for various workflows and projects. The 4-drive box I believe is sold preconfigured in a RAID 5 configuration, which, by spreading and replicating data across three or more drives safeguards the loss of data against the failure of any one drive, but this can be changed accordingly to the demands of the user. Here is where the RAID Shield Client GUI (graphical user interface) comes in handy. You can monitor your system, do performance checks, check hard drives, fan, temperature, power supply, configure RAID array, etc. all in an easy and accessible fashion… Read More…

David Roth Weiss (Creative Cow Reviews: HDOne)
By David Roth Weiss    

The CalDigit HDOne rates an easy 5-Cows. Take it from me, you really can't go wrong with an HDOne -- if you're looking for peace of mind in a box, CalDigit has just the ticket for you.

I particularly like what CalDigit offers because it's so obvious they've taken the time to think everything through, down to the tiniest details. Everything CalDigit does has a fit and polish that exudes confidence. Their packaging, their marketing materials, their website, their competent and willing support, the striking exterior finish and the modular inner-workings of their equipment, are all beautifully designed with a single purpose; to take all of the headaches out of video storage. Their RAID storage systems promise ease of use and substantial levels of security, without sacrificing too much storage space, too much speed, or too much hard earned cash.

Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group Reviews: HDOne
By Chi-Ho Lee

We've used this unit for about six weeks of daily onlining. We've beaten up this unit in a pretty rigorous real world project and I've encountered no issues with the HDOne. If your post situation requires uncompressed HD onlines, then the HDOne should definitely be on your short list of Raids to consider. Even if you're using compressed formats like ProRes and DVCProHD, you'll still benefit from the speed and robustness of the HDOne. I've read good reviews about CalDigit's previous products, but having first hand experience with this HDOne has spoiled me for any future raid boxes from other manufacturers... Read More...

Bare Feats (CalDigit RAIDCard)
By rob-ART morgan

The CalDigit RAID card's maximum transfer rate is higher than the Apple Pro RAID, though the gap shrinks as you fill up the RAID set (See Disktester graphs). Though we tested four internal drives, the CalDigit RAID card distinquishes itself by support up to 12 external drives using three mini-SAS connectors... Read More...

Geeky Mac (CalDigit HDPro vs other RAID storage)
By Jared Picune Creativecow Leader
Editor/President of Idea Spring Editing, Inc.

CalDigit HDPro - Geek Factor 5  
When I first saw the CalDigit HDPro, I have to admit I was awestruck. Crazy fast performance with massive amounts of storage, it was love at first sight. Then reality set it, there had to be a catch. What did this thing cost? Well, it turns out the cost was not the catch. The HDPro is relatively cheap especially compared to what I paid to the… Just like any project, I had to start by getting video onto they system. I captured 20 minutes of 1080i 10 Bit uncompressed high definition video. The HDPro worked without any issues at all… With a little online research I found that CalDigit is using a technology called ASTT (Active Sustained Transfer Technology). Basically it means that the data rate is sustained consistently for optimal transfer rates. So if the RAID sees a big group of large files coming it readies itself ensuing a fast and reliable transfer… considering the cost and the performance, the HDPro is a clear winner for any present or future edit suite… Read More…

CreativeMac Reviews: CalDigit HDPro
By Kevin P McAuliffe

I used the HDPro for a week for various projects I was working on, and never once did I have an issue with frames dropping. I mostly work in 1080i 8-bit Uncompressed (which, when the HDPro was empty, gave me about 4.5 hours of storage space), so I figured I'd digitize and work with some footage in 1080i 10-bit and 720p 10-bit to see if I could get the HDPro to drop some frames, and to my surprise, I didn't have one problem, and not one hiccup. This unit slid into my production work flow seamlessly, and if you didn't tell me that I was using a PCI-e connection instead of fibre, I would never have known it. How It Performed: 10 (out of 10)

I was apprehensive before I did this review, as I was always under the impression that for uncompressed HD, fibre was the only way to go, but after using the HDPro from Caldigit, just give me my HD capture card, and my HDPro, and I'll be all set to do my HD on lines without a worry in the world. Read More…

Kevin P McAuliffe is currently a Senior Video Editor working in HD post production in Toronto, Canada. He has been in the television industry for 12 years, and spends his days on lining on a Final Cut Pro HD. Kevin's high definition on lining credit list includes concerts for Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Snow Patrol, Sum41, Paul Anka, Il Divo and Pussycat Dolls, to name a few.
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Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group Reviews: HDPro 4.0TB
By Shane Ross

311 Write and 402 Read....I captured uncompressed 8-bit problems. Uncompressed 10-bit problems. Uncompressed 10-bit HD...passed again without one dropped frame. OK, time to abuse this thing. Again I set it up to capture uncompressed 10-bit, and about 5 minutes in...I YANKED A DRIVE OUT! It kept merrily match capturing...not missing a beat. When it was done I saved my project and set about fixing what I intentionally broke. I pushed the drive back in and went into the RAID SHIELD software and unlocked the drive and the software went about rebuilding the RAID. Again, that took about 3 hours. But the footage I captured was still intact and played fine. Read More...

Shane Ross is a freelance editor residing in Los Angeles. He edits shows for The History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Nickelodeon.

Bob Zelin (Creative Cow Reviews: S2VR HD 2.5TB)
By Bob Zelin

CreativeCOW's Bob Zelin tests a Cal Digit S2VRHD with a host card for a PCI-X computer, and a PCI-E computer. He used the incredible AJA Kona System Test, to evaluate the drive speeds. He was determined to 'break it.' Did he? No. He determined that…''If you want to do uncompressed HD, for a fraction of the price of an Apple Xserve RAID, or other hi end SCSI or Fibre Channel drive arrays, THIS IS YOUR BOX.'' … Read More…

Bob Zelin is an old cranky video engineer that got his start in the professional audio business in 1977. By 1981, he was fired so many times, that no one wanted to hire him, so he started his own company in 1982. Lucky for him, he became the first freelance AVID technician in New York City, when the AVID first came out, and has since designed and installed thousands of studios in New York, Florida, and LA. His desperation to stay employed started the "AVID facility" mindset, which replaced conventional on line rooms ?to the dismay of countless linear video editors. This was completely against the original concept of the AVID, which was for a Media Composer system to be a nice, simple, self contained package, that could do off line editing.
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LITTLE FROG IN HIGH DEF (S2VR Duo and FirewireVR Review)
By Shane Ross

The S2VR Duo is a solid unit that retains drive performance, even while nearly full. This allows me to work with multiple streams of DVCPRO HD (where a firewire drive would not) and allows for more realtime effects. I recommend this unit to everyone who edits DV, HDV, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM and even uncompressed SD formats…. the Firewire VR has another advantage over all other Firewire raids. It is daisy-chainable and doesn't lose drive performance. Other firewire raid units lose performance once you daisy chain them… Read More...

Shane Ross is a broadcast television editor in Hollywood. He is a documentary and narrative editor and has edited shows for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Nickelodeon?lus a handful of short films, spec commercials and demo reels. He has since worked on WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK, AMERICAS FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, JUDGE JUDY, EVEN STEVENS, THAT? SO RAVEN and countless History Channel and Discovery Channel shows.

Geeky Mac (An Exciting Look at the CalDigit S2VR Duo)
By Jared Picune Creativecow Leader
Editor/President of Idea Spring Editing, Inc.

CalDigit S2VR Duo - Geek Factor 5  
The CalDigit S2VR Duo system is a stunningly sleek and powerful RAID, perfect for the demanding Final Cut Pro editor. ...The design fits right in with the current Apple hardware, so everything in your suite can stay consistent... S2VR Duo is competitively priced, and packed with many extra features. I think this is what makes CalDigit stand out from the rest... The speed of S2VR Duo is rather impressive. Instead running a traditional read write test, I decided to jump right into the real world testing. I started with a 10 bit uncompressed video clip, and played back in Final Cut Pro. It played nicely, as to be expected. Then I added another track and it held up nicely without a dropped frame. I quickly found the Final Cut? RT Extreme was my limiting factor... Read More...

Toms Hardware (The CalDigit S2VR Duo RAID Enclosure)
By Don Woligroski, Shelton Romhanyi

...the S2VR's RAID0 performance is solid. It simply outclasses every external drive solution out there, with great read/write transfer performance..., I have to say that I like the S2VR Duo; it has a good, clean design, and delivers solidly in the areas that it targets... Read More...

Digital Video Editing (First Look: CalDigit S2VR Duo 500GB RAID Storage)
By John Virata

...Digital Photographers will enjoy the protection that the S2VR Duo offers their image collections. The system is relatively easy to set up and is fairly fast for an external solution. It has a rated read speed of 148MB second..., For video editors with the fastest PCI Express-based computers, the company offers the FASTA-4e that supports 10-bit uncompressed HD, 8 bit uncompressed HD, DV, HDV, DVCPRO HD, 8-bit and 10-bit SD video... Read More...

Larry Jordan (Reviewing a CalDigit 500GB S2VR Duo SATA RAID)
By Larry Jordan

…Three things impressed me about this unit:
1. It's speed -- SATA really is fast
2. It's ruggedness -- this got manhandled in several cities and held up great
3. It's simplicity -- two cables, one installation disk and you're ready to run.
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Larry Jordan is an Apple-certified trainer in digital media, certified for all of Apple's professional video applications. He is an award-winning producer, director, and editor with more than 25 years of experience working in corporate, broadcast network, and Hollywood DVD productions?rom newscasts to documentaries to dramas. A member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America, he is a post-production consultant to a wide-variety of Los Angeles broadcast and production companies.

Bare Feats (CalDigit FASTA-2e PCI-e SATA 3G Host Adapter)
By rob-ART morgan

… We think the CalDigit FASTA-2e SATA 3G PCI-e host adapter will fill the need very well for those who only want to add one or two fast external drives to their Dual-Core or Quad-Core Power Mac. The $79 price point certainly is attractive if you don't have the need for more than two drives. … Read More…

Computer Power User (CalDigit FASTA-2e PCI-e SATA 3G Host Adapter)
By Heavy Gear, December 2006 ?Vol.6 Issue 12, Page(s) 24 in print issue

… The S2VR Duo has a custom aluminum enclosure, which resembles Apple? Macintosh G5 case … users who need a large-capacity, high-performance, external storage device, the S2VR Duo would be a fine choice … Read More…

Bare Feats (CalDigit SATA 3G Host Adapters and Dual Bay Enclosure for Mac Pro and MacBook Pro)
By rob-ART morgan

… One useful feature of the S2VR Duo enclosure is the ability to stripe the two drives at the box level (true hardware RAID). Rather than using a physical switch or LCD display, the configuration is controlled via the CalDigit S2VR Manager. You can configure the enclosure to be JBOD, RAID 0 ("Performance") or RAID 1 ("Protected") …CalDigit's host adapters and enclosures are strong contenders and the company has a strong commitment to meet the needs of "professional grade" Mac users…Read More…