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Seagate Personal Cloud 2-Bay Consumer NAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: May 8, 2015 2:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Seagate

Final Thoughts

 

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The Seagate Personal Cloud is a purpose built home storage solution, and as such both looks the part with its piano black exterior and game console footprint. The build quality of the enclosure is quite good, the materials used in the build appear to be high quality, and while the glossy appearance is sure to grab every fingerprint within a few feet, it does add to the overall package. The drives used internally are the purpose built NAS solutions from Seagate and should offer years of service.

 

In the past, I have had the chance to use NAS OS 4 many times and I always enjoy the experience. While it's not as feature packed as some other OSes, for a prebuilt solution, it certainly holds its own. The interface is one of the easiest to navigate and use, and offers an elegant dashboard interface.

 

Functionality of the OS is solid, as it easily integrates with many smart devices including iOS, Android and even included Windows support, something not many vendors can claim. The Seagate Dashboard adds to the experience allowing consumers to schedule automatic backups of their PC or Mac. With the Seagate Media app, you can even add your smart device to a backup schedule as well.

 

Performance of the Personal Cloud was quite good with single client testing. As we found in our testing, many of the video record and playback scripts were able to produce numbers upwards of 90 MB/s in both RAID 0 and RAID 1. Sequential numbers, while not being the quickest we have ever seen, were respectable and reached upwards of 50 MB/s read and 70 MB/s write depending on the RAID mode.

 

Overall, the Personal Cloud isn't the highest performing NAS ever built, but as a plug and play unit offers all the features and decent amount of performance for home users.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance81%
Quality including Design and Build89%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money87%
Overall TweakTown Rating86%

The Bottom Line: Seagate's Personal Cloud is a solid storage solution with ample performance for daily backups of your PCs and smart devices.

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