It's no secret that NAS vendors are at war; trying to fill the market with top to bottom storage solutions that fit any need the consumer may have. As a result, we have seen many two and four bay NAS appliances come to market at barebones prices. While the Netgear ReadyNAS 104 seen here today does lack the capability to output video straight to the HDTV via HDMI, it does offer a pure storage solution. And for features like iSCSI that were missing on the low-end, Thecus appliances are made available with the RN104.
The intuitive setup menu allows very simple access to everything one may need, in a tabbed browser fashion. To be honest, the Netgear NAS Web UI is so clean and straight forward that I was able to find everything I needed within a few seconds of my first time browsing through.
The Personal Cloud is one the biggest selling points for NAS vendors these days, and most have some sort of app for android, and iOS. It is then no surprise to me that Netgear has enabled users to access their files via ReadyCloud, and ReadyDrop, with additional support for Dropbox. There really has been no better time than now to build your own personal cloud.
Pricing for the Netgear ReadyNAS 104 starts at $319.99 in its diskless configuration, making the RN104 the lowest cost four bay NAS we have seen this year.