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Netgear ReadyNAS RN716X 10GbE NAS Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | Network Storage in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Oct 9, 2014 1:03 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Netgear

Final Thoughts




The Netgear ReadyNAS RN716X isn't your everyday home NAS that serves audio and video files to your home theater. The system has ample processing power, a large bank of DRAM, and two fat pipes to your network. The system is overkill for home, or even most small office use, but I'm not sold on its use in an enterprise environment since there isn't a way to secure the drives in the unit.


Multimedia professionals could easily use the system for HD, or even 4K work, even when you have more than one person working on more than one project at a time. Large sequential files pass through this NAS very quick; it's one of the RN716X's strongest features.


As the flagship model in Netgear's ReadyNAS pedestal product series, we never expected this unit to have a low price. I can say we didn't really expect the RN716X to cost $2885.99 diskless either. That's a lot for a pedestal NAS, but this is also the fastest pedestal NAS on the market. It's faster than most SMB, and even some enterprise rackmount units that cost the same, or more. It's a lot of NAS for a small market, but if you want the fastest pedestal unit on the market, then this is it.



PRICING: You can find the Netgear ReadyNAS RN716X for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: The Netgear ReadyNAS RN716X retails for $3,481.23 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features94%
Bundle and Packaging97%
Value for Money92%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: Netgear's RN716X is overkill for most, but just right for professionals looking to decrease render times and increase user count. Netgear built the fastest pedestal NAS on the market, but it doesn't come with a low price tag.

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