Drobo yesterday took the wraps off the Drobo Mini, a new, small four-bay direct-attached storage device that\u00a0uses the same BeyondRAID technology as other\u00a0larger\u00a0Drobos. The Drobo Mini\u00a0fits four 2.5-inch drives,\u00a0and each drive\u00a0can be configured for either single or dual-drive redundancy. And the housing is made of light-weight, metallic-carbon fiber with a soft-touch rubberized finish. The unit weighs just 3 pounds (1.36kg) when filled with disk drives.\u00a0\n\tThe Drobo Mini comes with twoThunderbolt ports and one USB 3.0 port.\n\tDrobo Mini\u00a0is\u00a07.3 inches (187.2mm) by 1.8 inches (44.6mm), with a depth of 7.1-inches (180mm).\u00a0It\u00a0uses an\u00a0all new architecture that provides performance up to\u00a0fives times faster than comparable storage arrays, and it\u00a0a mSATA solid-state drive (SSD) can\u00a0be fit into the Drobo Mini\u00a0for automatic data acceleration.\u00a0Two Thunderbolt ports let you easily connect the unit to other Thunderbolt devices,\u00a0and its\u00a0sole\u00a0USB 3.0 port is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices.\n\tThe four hot-swappable bays fit with no carrier units\u00a0or screws; the new design\u00a0lets drives to click in and out \u201clike a ballpoint pen,\u201d according to Drobo. Designed with portability in mind, the Drobo Mini includes a built-in battery that protects data\u00a0stored in the\u00a0memory or the cache\u00a0during power outages. An optional Drobo Mini Carrying Case is also available.\n\tInstalling a new HDD into the Drobo Mini.\n\tDrobo says the Drobo\u00a0Mini is the smallest and most portable full-featured storage array on the market. Though I haven\u2019t had the chance to test one out for myself, the\u00a0technical specifications are impressive.\u00a0It supports\u00a0four hard disk drives (HDD) or solid-state drives (SSD). And it's clearly much more powerful than the\u00a0G-RAID Mini that I reviewed\u00a0in May.\u00a0\n\tThe Drobo Mini\u00a0could be\u00a0perfect for\u00a0users who need to work with large amounts of data when on the move.\u00a0Release details are expected to be\u00a0announced in July, and\u00a0the Drobo Mini should cost less than\u00a0$650 with a\u00a0Thunderbolt cable.\n\tI already\u00a0requested to\u00a0review the Drobo Mini as soon as the company is ready to release it, so check my Gadget Navigator\u00a0blog in a couple of weeks for an evaluation.