The strongest setting point for the Seagate BlackArmor 400 Series is the price. The diskless 400 model is available at Newegg for 389.99 USD. The Thecus N4200 that we compared the BlackArmor to today costs 599.99 USD at Newegg. I get emails all of the time from readers asking about NAS servers that cost less than the Thecus and QNAP units that I review and I have finally found a unit that costs less while still retaining the most used feature, data redundancy.
The Seagate BlackArmor 420 that we looked at today offers acceptable data transfer performance for its price. To expect Thecus or QNAP performance from such a low cost NAS server would have been crazy and we knew that going into the review. The BlackArmor is marketed as an entry level enterprise part, but we feel it performs more like a consumer product and its price also reflects that.
When it comes to the software we found that Seagate is still a long ways away from the top NAS server maker's offerings. That said, the BlackArmor does offer the basics needed to get your NAS up and running, configured and working. Seagate includes some advanced software features like backup functionality, FTP Service, UPnP, NFS, Dynamic DNS and a download manager. The list appears long and impressive, but it still pales in comparison to many of the leading NAS servers. That said, you get what you pay for and as long as you're just looking to keep it simple then the BlackArmor has everything you need.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Software Features]
- Page 4 [The Packaging]
- Page 5 [The Seagate BlackArmor 420]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - HD Playback]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - HD Record]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Content]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Copy]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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