The concept behind the Gnarbox was always a good one, but the execution in the first gen product left a lot to be desired
We were always fans of the overall idea and concept behind what Gnarbox was trying to do with their product. As photography journalists who need to travel a lot, the idea of only needing to take a small portable storage unit like the Gnarbox with us was appealing, as it was to other types of photographers as well. But as is the folly behind many first-generation products, the ability to truly realize that capability had some road bumps in the original Gnarbox. It looks as if the second generation Gnarbox could largely address all of the issues previously experienced with the first gen product – or at least, that appears to be the case as presented by the Gnarbox team.
The company is currently looking for support with their second Kickstarter project, a campaign for the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD; the second generation Gnarbox, featuring upgrades almost across the board over the first generation Gnarbox.
Gnarbox 2.0 SSD spec highlights
- Intel Quad Core 2.4ghz
- 4 Core Intel Graphics Unit
- Ac/b/g/n Wifi Compatibility
- 2 or 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM
- NvME SSD up to 1TB
- SD Card Slot
- X2 USB-C Connection
- Micro HDMI Port
- IP67 Weather Resistance
- 5 Hours Charge on 1 replaceable battery
- iOS, Android, Mac, Windows Compatible
Several other products have launched this year with similar technology, the MyPassport Wireless SSD for example. But the Gnarbox would be an upgrade even over the MyPassport unit which we liked. It features faster SD transfer speeds, faster USB transfer speeds, is overall a complete unit for a laptop-less experience.
As you would expect, there are currently early bird deals available on the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD, which you can access through the Kickstarter Campaign. There are a limited amount remaining at the currently low $299 price point, with the next level up being $379. As of this writing, the campaign still has 59 days to go, has already blown past its goal of $75,000 and is sitting at just shy of $320,000. Clearly there is a lot of interest in this product.
Regardless, if this is a concept you are interested in you can get all of the details over on the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD Kickstarter Campaign page.