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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2011 Editor's Choice - Part 2

Best 2-bay NAS Device

Best 2-bay NAS Device

For the geek with loads of videos, digital photographs and other data, getting down and dirty with a NAS (Network Attached Storage) box can be a very convenient way to keep all that digital clutter in one organized space. Whether streaming music to your networked music player, or high-definition movies and videos to your brand new Full HD flat screen, or even for hosting a simple home-based web server, getting yourself a NAS is but the first step towards your ideal networked home entertainment setup.

Nominees:

  • Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo LS-WVL
  • D-Link DNS-320 ShareCenter Pulse
  • Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 RNDU2000
  • QNAP TS-219P+
  • Seagate BlackArmor NAS 220
  • Synology DiskStation DS211
  • Thecus N2200+

And the Winner Is...

Synology lands the top prize with the DS211 taking home the honors in our testing. While the DS211 is by no means a high-end NAS to begin with, it delivered excellent performance to top our performance benchmarks, combined with a selection of features as well as price tag of S$490 that was hard to beat. On the other hand, the QNAP TS-219P+ came real close to dethroning the DS211, and is worth investing in if eSATA and hot-swappable drives are key attraction points for you.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/ Model Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo LS-WVL D-Link DNS-320 ShareCenter Pulse Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 RNDU2000 QNAP TS-219P+ Seagate BlackArmor NAS 220 Synology DiskStation DS211 Thecus N2200+
Features 5.5 4.5 9.0 8.0 5.0 6.5 6.5
Performance 6.5 5.5 8.5 7.0 4.5 9.5 5.0
Value 7.0 10.0 4.0 4.5 5.5 6.5 9.0
Overall 6.5 6.5 7.0 6.5 5.0 8.0 7.0
Price S$329 S$199 S$880 S$667 From S$469 (2TB) to S$1,069 (6TB) S$490 S$259

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.