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Synology Disk Station DS409slim ultra-compact 4-drive NAS

Synology Disk Station DS409slim ultra-compact 4-drive NAS

Careful where you pour that hot water: on the right is a 12oz coffee cup, while on the left is Synology's latest NAS, the 4-bay Disk Station DS409slim.  Squeezing up to four 2.5-inch hard-drives into a 120 x 105 x 142 mm box, the DS409slim still offers up to 2TB of storage or various levels of RAID secure data redundancy.

D-Link DIR-685 Xtreme N router gets reviewed: expensively excellent

D-Link DIR-685 Xtreme N router gets reviewed: expensively excellent

As hugely convergent devices go, D-Link's DIR-685 Xtreme N Storage Router could be best of breed.  Announced at CES in January, the DIR-685 not only offers WiFi draft-n support and four gigabit ethernet ports, but a 3.5-inch display with multimedia widgets, dual USB 2.0 ports for sharing printers and external drives, and an internal 2.5-inch HDD bay for turning it into a NAS.  Overkill or network overlord?  OhGizmo! took a look, and while the DIR-685 is expensive it's also just as capable as you'd hope.

QNAP SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS offers RAID, server, more

QNAP SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS offers RAID, server, more

QNAP have announced their latest network-attached storage device, the four-bay SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS.  Capable of establishing various levels of RAID array for up to 2TB of total capacity, the SS-439 is based on Intel's Atom N270 processor and offers media server, backup, print and web server functionality.  Connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports and two eSATA ports, which can be used to add more storage plus make removable backups, together with two gigabit ethernet connections.

 

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Acer easyStore AH340-UA230N Home Server: 1TB+ for $400

Acer easyStore AH340-UA230N Home Server: 1TB+ for $400

Acer have announced their first consumer NAS running Windows Home Server, the Aspire easyStore AH340-UA230N.  It may not have a snappy name, but it does have 1TB of standard storage plus three hot-swappable 3.5-inch hard-drive bays for a total of 7TB capacity.  There are also five USB 2.0 ports and an eSATA connection.

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Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Review – 500GB

Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Review – 500GB

As the name implies, the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive is essentially a NAS device with media hub abilities, intended to back up and playback multimedia files across your home network. Where it stands slightly out from the crowd is in its support of UPnP for DLNA-certified devices and iTunes, allowing the NAS to store and stream music, video and pictures to a variety of PC, laptop, home consumer electronics and Apple products.

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