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Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420 (Page 11)

Chris Ramseyer | Dec 22, 2010 at 08:30 am CST - 1 min, 17 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Seagate

Final Thoughts

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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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