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Kit of the Year More and more Register Hardware readers started storing files in network-attached drives this year, and we began our coverage of this hot topic in earnest. We haven't looked at every model from every manufacturer, but here are the Nas boxes that most found favour in 2009.

Qnap TS-219P Turbo

Qnap TS-219P Turbo Nas
RH Editor's Choice

Cool and quiet on the outside and chock-a-block with features on the inside, the TS-219P has a more comprehensive firmware than any other dual-bay Nas we’ve tested. It’s not the quickest product of its kind and its power management needs a small upgrade, but Qnap has created a Nas box that geeks and laypeople alike will spend many hours enjoying.

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Reg Rating 85%
Price £330 Click for best online prices

Promise Smartstor NS4600

Promise SmarStor NS4600
RH Recommended Medal

An attractive, high performing Nas with features galore, tainted by poor power management. The addition of scheduled on/off - promised in a firmware update - along with the upcoming Gatekeeper service, will put the NS4600 on the top of the Nas box shopping list. For those wanting these functions now, there are plenty of four-bay alternatives for £400 that will do the trick. Nevertheless, the SmartStor NS4600 has more features than most. It’s quiet and has excellent media streaming capabilities with very fast transfer speeds. In this capacity, it certainly lives up to its promise.

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Reg Rating 85%
Price £399

Synology Disk Station 409 Slim

DS409slim Nas
RH Recommended Medal

The DS409 Slim will cost you more per Gigabyte than a similarly stocked 3.5in-drive model, but offers excellent environmental characteristics: notably low noise and reduced power consumption. While it is tiny, it does lose out on sheer build quality to the likes of Qnap or the pricier Buffalo units, due to its plastic construction. But when it comes to features and performance, the DS409Slim makes no compromises.

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Reg Rating 80%
Price £322 Click for best online prices

Best of the Rest

Western Digital My Book World Edition
Very nice, very good value network storage box

EZY Technologies MyXerver MX3600
Does more than the basics and looks good too

Buffalo Terastation III
The paranoid user’s Nas of choice

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