Seagate put together an attractive and powerful package for a decent sized office. The system performs very well with workers manipulating files on the NAS, but we wouldn't try to use the system for application workloads. The Atom dual-core processor running at 1.7GHz and 2 GB of system RAM proved to be a solid combination, but it quickly runs out of steam with applications.
The NAS Pro series has several options for capacity. This series ships in 2-Bay, 4-Bay, and 6-Bay models, with each base model being a diskless version. The capacity options are very broad, from 2TB to a massive 30TB with some overlap in capacity from the different drive count models.
Including Seagate's new 5TB NAS HDDs as an option is exciting. Never before has 20TB fit in such a small footprint (when using the 4-Bay model). The 6-Bay NAS Pro takes density up a notch with 5TB drives, offering a massive 30TB. That density was previously reserved for rackmount, or large pedestal systems that draw significantly more power, and take up more space.
The power consumption we recorded in our test was just as impressive. NAS products usually run 24/7, and spend most of that time in an idle state. This system draws very little power, even under full load.
Today we focused on the 4-Bay NAS Pro, and found its price point in line with other products in its class. $499.99 gets you a diskless model that you can add your own drives to. The 8TB option moves the price up to $899.99, and the 16TB model we tested today costs $1299.99. The large 20TB 4-Bay model kicks the price all the way up to $1899.99. At that price point, the 6-Bay 24TB model looks a bit better for just $100 more.
The weak point of this system comes from the software. The NAS OS is responsive and has several services, but lacks the polish found on the Synology, Thecus, and QNAP systems. This affects some environments, mainly consumers, but doesn't have a large impact on the market the NAS Pro was designed for, small offices.
PRICING: You can find the Seagate NAS Pro 4-Bay 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 NAS Pro 4-Bay (Diskless) retails for $499.99 at Amazon, the NAS Pro 4-Bay (8TB) retails for $779.52 at Amazon, the NAS Pro 4-Bay (16TB) retails for $1,299.99 at Amazon, and the NAS Pro 4-Bay (20TB) retails for $1,899.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||93%|
|Bundle and Packaging||92%|
|Value for Money||91%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: In single user share and multi-client office environments, the Seagate NAS Pro performs well. Application performance over iSCSI wasn't the best, but is also outside of Seagate's target market for this product.
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