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Netgear RNDX400E

Netgear ReadyNas NVX Pioneer Edition

Reviewing the RNDX400E was difficult from start to finish, not least because we were sent the RNDX4210 instead first. It’s an easy mistake to make though, since both the RNDX400 and RNDX4000 (notice the extra zero) series share pretty much identical hardware. Netgear RNDX400E Netgear's driveless ReadyNas NVX Pioneer Edition …
Emil Larsen, 11 Feb 2010
Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d

Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d

The low end of Iomega’s StorCenter range, the StorCenter ix2, is noisy, slow and lacking quite a few features you’d expect on a £300 Nas. The new StorCenter daddy, the ix4-200d, is in a different league in the speed and noise categories though, which you’d expect for 600-plus quid. Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d Low power, high …
Emil Larsen, 22 Oct 2009
Windows Vista

PC tune-up software: does it really work?

Installing tune-up and registry fixing software was hit and miss when we tested on a five-year-old Windows XP laptop. Faster Microsoft Office and Windows boot-up times were possible with some software packages, but occasionally performance took a dive and a similarly priced Ram upgrade thrashed the rest of the field. PC speed- …
Emil Larsen, 08 Oct 2009
Windows XP Speed-up

PC tune-up software: does it really work?

We love hardware, and if you ask us how to make an old computer go faster, we’ll recommend a hardware upgrade. But 34 million people opt for a software tune-up in the US alone, estimates Iolo, a company that makes tune-up software. PC speed-up software Iolo's System Mechanic 9 does a good job of finding services you don’t use …
Emil Larsen, 29 Sep 2009
Qnap TS-219P Turbo Nas

Qnap TS-219P Turbo Nas

There are two main criticisms that can be levelled at Qnap’s TS-209 range of Nas boxes: they have poor file transfer speeds and poor access to the hard drives. The TS-219P tackles those issues head on with a faster 1.2GHz Marvell processor, compared with a 500MHz Marvell chip in the TS-209P, and sensible hot-swappable bays. …
Emil Larsen, 03 Aug 2009
D-Link Xtreme N DIR-685

D-Link Xtreme N DIR-685

Ah, convergence, that buzzword of the 1990s – so often promising a lot, but delivering little. Evidently, D-Link is toying with the convergence concept with the neatly packaged Xtreme N DIR-685. This four-port Gigabit router features 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 3.2in LCD panel – billed as a digital photo frame – and Nas functionality too. …
Emil Larsen, 28 Jul 2009
Buffalo TeraStation III

Buffalo Terastation III

Heading Buffalo’s Terastation range of Nas boxes, the new Terastation III is aimed at demanding users and businesses. It certainly feels heavy duty, weighing in at 6.3kg with a locking door to secure its drive bays. Buffalo TeraStation III Secure storage: Buffalo's Terastation III A greyscale LCD on the front reveals a …
Emil Larsen, 12 Jun 2009
Promise SmarStor NS4600

Promise Smartstor NS4600

The term Network Attached Storage or NAS seems rather simplistic and doesn’t really do justice to a device like Promise’s Smartstor NS4600, which comes with four drive bays and a heap of server abilities. Add to this its polished black shell, funky blue lights, built-in power adapter and exquisitely quiet fan, and you’ve got …
Emil Larsen, 02 Jun 2009