The devices on this page represent the best among their respective categories.
The Maxtor Central Axis is a simple, compact, and fast NAS device that offers 1TB of storage at a fair price. Be warned, though, that it runs hot and comes with confusing desktop software, a sluggish, unintuitive Web-based interface and a limited backup application.
The affordable Seagate Central delivers as a fast and easy-to-use network storage device for home backup and entertainment purposes.
Not only is the Asustor AS-604T an excellent NAS server for serious network storage needs, it's also very easy to use thanks to the extremely well-designed user interface.
Seagate BlackArmor 420 is a decent NAS server. However, not having the capability to dynamically change the current RAID setup's capacity makes it much less desirable for either home or business users.
The Seagate BlackArmor 220 is a good entry-level NAS server for small business and advanced users.
The Western Digital My Net N900 Central makes an excellent all-in-one wireless and network storage option for home and mobile users.
Seagate BlackArmor 440 is a workhorse NAS server that combines the currently largest possible amount of storage with an average number of features and performance that could be better.
The QNAP TS-239 Pro is a dual-bay NAS server that offers good performance and many features for a relatively high premium. It's a device best suited for those with intermediate or advanced know-how of networking.
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The Synology DiskStation DS1513+ is easily one of the best multiple-bay NAS servers to date, performing superbly both as an advanced storage server and as the central host for a long list of home entertainment and business uses.