An old friend introduced us to a company at Computex 2017 this year, and I have to admit it was an introduction that I am glad we made. AkiTiO specializes in storage designs to include, not only RAID cases but also, they have some amazing designs that speak to network and eGPU Nodes for laptops with Thunderbolt 3.
Their latest release is their newest Thunder3 RAID Station, a Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station with RAID Storage shown below. Not only does this case offer dual RAID for 2.5″ or 3.5″ hard drives or SSDs, but also, it adds a 1GbE network interface to your PC, SD card reader, dedicated Display Port for an additional monitor, as well as a 2 port USB hub for legacy and USB 3.1 Gen 1 flash drives, and has a Thunderbolt 3 connector to you Mac or PC which can be daisy chained to an additional 5 devices.
We took some time handling AKiTiO’ product line and I have to admit that this was amongst the finest and most premium components i have had in my hands for some time. Their inclusion of the AKiTio Node eGPU for laptops was very interesting and displayed just how much Thunderbolt3 was capable of, and in fact, the quality of their gear only left us wanting for more… perhaps thoughts of M.2 design RAID in the future??? Who knows! Watch for our first hand reviews of AKiTiO products in the near future!