GNARBOX Review Snap Verdict
GNARBOX brings desktop image and video enhancement to your mobile device. The small box of tricks is the ideal companion when out on a shoot enabling you to connect easily to your mobile phone or tablet and then view images and video directly. A series of ports for SD, MicroSD, USB 2.0 & 3.0 feature on the side enabling you backup memory cards quickly ready to view and edit without the need for a computer. The GNARBOX heralds the next stage of imaging and storage device and its uses will appeal across the board to all photographers looking for a powerful lightweight digital darkroom solution on the move.
- Solid state storage
- Compatible with SD, Micro SD and USB
- Poweful full resolution image and video editing
- No batch edit features
- Video clips can’t be edited together
- Can not share files directly from app
Recently we’ve seen an explosion of innovative devices with feature sets aimed directly at the needs of the photographer. These new products harness the full power of the latest technology to bring features and functionality like never seen before.
The GNARBOX is one such device, for all intents and purpose, it looks like a portable hard drive, although a touch larger and far more robust, this isn’t just a storage device it is far more.
The GNARBOX is the first portable storage and editing system in one. You can, like any other storage device, back up your images and video, but then it takes things one step further by then enabling you to manage and edit your files on the move through an app designed for both iOS and Android.
The GNARBOX looks simple in design measuring 135mm by 85mm by 25mm and weighing in at just 297g. The exteriors sturdy rubberised plastic finish ensures that it’s knocked proof and an ideal storage companion when you’re out in the field.
The exterior may seem simple with the only real detail being a securing hoop to tethered it into a bag or belt, and on top is the large logo along with a small power button with two LED lights below to highlight the activity.
On the side of GNARBOX are two flaps that once flipped down reveal an SD card slot and microSD card slot USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports that enable you to plug-in almost any type of USB device.
Inside is where the real Power begins, with a choice when buying, of a 128 or 256GB 3-D NAND EMM SSD drive along with some powerful electronics that enable it to communicate directly with the app on your mobile device so you can manage and edit your images and video.
An Intel Quad Core 1.92GHz CPU, 4 Core Intel HD Graphics GPU, 2GB of RAM handles the processing and Dual band 300mbps 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi enables a data transfer rates of up to 4GB per minute.
Power to the GNARBOX comes from an internal 4000mAH 3.7v battery which will supply between 4-6 hours of battery life depending on what you’re doing.
GNARBOX is no proprietary piece of hardware, the tech team behind the box have worked carefully integrating leading mobile and imaging technology into the device.
The app itself is fully compatible with iOS and Android devices (Although we’ve only tested the iOS app at present) meaning that ultimately it brings desktop power to your iPhone or iPad when it comes to management and enhancement.
You may be thinking that this is all well and good, but why buy a box that can edit when these days our mobile devices contain storage and processing power that already packs enough power.
The GNARBOX takes back your mobile devices storage and the processing power when it comes to editing and enhancement is well beyond the ability of most phones.
The main selling point, however, is that it will enable you to edit full resolution images and video that can then be saved down and shared.
Not only that, once again showing that this box is something different it can also harness the power of applications such as Adobe’s Lightroom mobile upping the power and possibilities of editing away from a traditional computer.
The GNARBOX then is impressive with loads of features that will appeal to both stills and video photographers. As a storage and editing tool on the move, it seems to offer an unbelievable amount of features that will undoubtedly appeal, but can it live up to the sales hype?