In its network-attached storage guide, AnandTech presents “suitable options for 2-, 4- and 8-bay NAS units targeting the home consumer/SOHO market”. “One important aspect here is that we are not going to talk about the high-end SMB market or the multitude of offerings that come with Windows Storage Server or some similar flavour,” notes the website. “Only products based on custom OSes are being considered in this guide.”
“Western Digital is obviously a big vendor with end-user support appropriate even for non-tech savvy folks. Coupled with the plug-and-play experience, this makes it an ideal purchase for anyone who is looking to get started with network attached storage and needs basic data protection”
“The main attraction here is the price – $220 for four bays is approximately the same as what the [LenovoEMC] ix4-300d used to cost when it was in the market. However, the NAS540 has double the RAM (1GB DDR3) of the ix4-300d. It also supports hot-swapping of the drives, unlike the ix4-300d”
4-bay unit (honourable mention)
“Coupled with the newly introduced Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 tri-band 4×4 802.11ac router and the promise of plug-and-play link aggregation support, it presents a compelling solution for consumers in the market for a router as well as a NAS”
AnandTech is a technology website focused on hardware. It was founded in 1997 by Anand Lal Shumpi, who served as its CEO and editor-in-chief until 2014, when he left the company to work at Apple. Praised for its in-depth reviews, the website is a reliable and influential source of information for technology enthusiasts.
Last checked on: 2 May 2016