WD 2TB My Book Velociraptor Duo Thunderbolt Drive for $309 – Deal Alert

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B&H has the WD 2TB My Book Velociraptor Duo Thunderbolt Drive for $309 (was. $629) with free expedited shipping and 5% rewards.The VelociRaptor Duo delivers impressive speeds up to 400MB/s when in RAID 0 thanks to the 10,000RPM drives inside. I averaged around 350MB/s when using the drive in my tests. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

2013 Mac Pro 6-Core Review

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Apple took what felt like forever to make a meaningful update to the last generation of the Mac Pro. The big, aluminum tower had been the symbol of the professional Mac user since 2003 when Apple released it with the Power Mac G5. When Apple switched to Intel chips, it became the Mac Pro in 2006 and received periodic updates through 2010.

When Apple made the 2012 Mac Pro update, many professional users flipped out over the incremental updates and the failure to include modern I/O options like USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, a technology that Apple had been pushing hard in its laptops. A Facebook group entitled “We Want a New Macpro” surfaced and became a rally point for thousands of professional users – the most vocal of which were heavy use video editors.

Apple seemed to have received the message that impatient professional users were leaving (or threatening to leave) for a more modern hardware experience on Windows workstations. Shortly after the 2012 refresh, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that a new Mac Pro would be delivered in 2013.

Then, at WWDC in June 2013, Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro. The shock of the design quickly led to memes all over the Internet, likening the new machine to everything from trash cans to coffee makers. [Read more…]

Promise Technology 256GB SSD Thunderbolt Drive for $199 – Deal Alert

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B&H has a Promise Technology 256GB Pegasus J2 SSD Thunderbolt drive for $199 today (reg. $449) as its Deal Zone deal. For those of you unfamiliar with the brand, Promise Technology’s Pegasus line of drives are more frequently seen in pro video applications and are highly regarded as such; however, this is a solid deal on a RAID 0-capable portable drive that delivers data rates up to 750MB/s. Check it out while it lasts here at B&H Photo.