The Good Simple organization; easy to share files without uploading or creating different file sets for different people; comes with detailed installation and user guide.
The Bad Expensive; setup can be intimidating if unfamiliar with some networking concepts; limited technical support hours; no built-in photo editing features.
The Bottom Line The Maxtor Fusion NAS drive makes child's play of organizing and sharing files remotely. Even though the price tag is a bit high, we love it.
Maxtor Fusion Personal Web Server (500GB)
So you return from vacation, eager to share with friends your photos and videos. You download your files to PC, and cue up your favorite photo-sharing site, perhaps Flickr or Sony ImageStation. Flipping through your pictures, the awful truth sets in: do you really want your parents to see shots of that drunken night? Should you create separate sets: one for Grandma, one for friends? But then how do you keep people from seeing all your images, once they're in? And what about all these cool videos you want to share too?
Never fear. Enter the Maxtor Fusion drive, a NAS drive with a server that lets you share files, whether photos, music, videos, or documents, by distributing a URL that leads straight back to your drive where the files reside. Friends and family see only the files you've invited them to see, saving yourself hours of uploading time. We pretty much love this product, although the price tag gives us pause: this 500GB machine costs $800. (Most NAS drives price out at $1 per gigabyte, with a small premium for media-serving or RAID capability.) Still, this is a unique product that stands out with its ease of file organization, labeling, and sharing.
If you're looking for an easy (and inexpensive) way to share files, however, the Maxtor drive may not be for you. There are free services, such as Avvenu and myFabrik, that let you share and distribute various file types while also helping you control who sees what. But if you're in the market for a robust device that lets you store, organize, and share various file types--and you can stomach the investment--check out the Maxtor Fusion.
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