Should You Add the Gnarbox 2.0 to Your Workflow?
After testing the Gnarbox, all of us realized we could really use something like this. It’s the evolution of external hard drives, and we expect to see other brands copy Gnarbox’s innovative approach in the coming years. Any creator who takes storage and backup seriously can imagine use cases for a standalone, smart SSD hard drive. And much like our other favorite pieces of software-powered hardware, it’s constantly getting better.
The current Gnarbox app, Safekeep, allows you to browse the contents of the Gnarbox on your phone while in the field. It even allows you to make selects as you scroll through, which is great for those of us who are impatient to review our best shots while still on the road. And for those of us who are paranoid about committing to formatting SD cards, triple-checking that the images really are backed up is priceless peace of mind. The app connects via a device-powered WiFi signal so browsing is snappy even far off the grid. There's also an app called Showcase that allows you to beam images or footage to larger devices like TVs or projectors. For creators in the field and anyone who shoots multiple devices and needs to quickly consolidate and review images or footage, these apps are surprisingly useful. Once you start playing with them and thinking about their potential, you can't help but wonder why someone didn't think of this before.
But Gnarbox isn’t stopping there. The brand has plans to provide offline backup for iPhones, essentially acting as a memory dump for times when you’re too off-grid for the Cloud but need to free up precious memory. As mobile creators, we loved hearing this. Matt Hoffman, Marketing Director for Gnarbox, shared, “We’re excited for our iPhone plug in integration called iFuse to release. This allows you to plug in your iPhone to the box and backup photos/videos to the internal storage, but that feature is still being built and we’re not sure when it’s going to be finalized.”
This type of commitment to innovation and multi-disciplinary backup sets the Gnarbox apart from other hard drives that are essentially bricks unless plugged into a computer. If you’re a creator who highly values the images and footage you capture, this ruggedized and intelligent backup system is like a 21st Century treasure chest for your treasured content. Whether you immediately add it to your workflow or shop it next time you’re looking for a hard drive, the Gnarbox 2.0 is worth a look.