The latest turnkey NAS solution from Buffalo is quite a surprising solution. Build quality seems to be rather good; plastics fit tightly, and the front panel snaps on and off with ease - though the power cord does seem a bit loose fitting.
The web management for the TS1200 is very straight forward and easy to use, and carries all of the basic features a NAS appliance should carry. Within the management, access to everything from the basic filesharing including SMB, AFP, and NFS is included, along with some higher level features like FTP server. Furthermore, when you move to the services menu, the TeraStation allows access to a web server, print server, and media server via DLNA.
Storage performance of the TeraStation 1200 is decent for a consumer turnkey solution. Looking back at our charts, we see the Buffalo was able to outperform both of the Seagate two bay NAS and Thecus N2310 in our single client testing, and moving over to sequential performance, it still maintained a good throughput upwards of 60 MB/s. Power consumption of the TS1200 was rather high at its peak, but idle and standby consumption was the lowest we have seen for a two bay solution.
Overall, the Buffalo TeraStation 1200 in the 4TB capacity is an excellent solution for those that don't want the hassle that can come with typical BYOD NAS solutions. This NAS is very easy to setup, and the web management allows you to change settings without much effort.
PRICING: You can find the Buffalo TeraStation 1200 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 Buffalo TeraStation 1200 2TB retails for $284.99 at Amazon, the Buffalo TeraStation 1200 4TB retails for $355.99 at Amazon, the Buffalo TeraStation 1200 6TB retails for $452.99 at Amazon, and the the Buffalo TeraStation 1200 8TB retails for $560.66 at Amazon.
Canada: The Buffalo TeraStation 1200 2TB retails for CDN$380.31 at Amazon Canada, the Buffalo TeraStation 1200 4TB retails for CDN$42.54 at Amazon Canada, the Buffalo TeraStation 1200 6TB retails for CDN$636.95 at Amazon Canada, and the Buffalo TeraStation 1200 8TB retails for CDN$780.99 at Amazon Canada.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||85%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||87%|
The Bottom Line: Buffalo's TeraStation 1200 is one of the best turn-key solutions on the market for those that want something simple and easy to use. Adding to this, Buffalo is offering a great price point for each capacity, making it one of the best values in the consumer NAS market.
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