As we found in testing, the Buffalo TeraStation 5200 WSS is certainly a surprising appliance when it comes to performance. I, for one, didn't expect to see this amount of performance from a WSS machine and certainly not a pre-built unit. It is quite apparent with these new Windows Server solutions that Buffalo is stepping up its game.
Build quality is solid and certainly on par with other SMB solutions I have had in the lab. Top to bottom, a steel chassis and shell is used, while the front panel and drive trays use some decent quality plastics. The drive trays slide with ease making swapping drives simple and while they are not tool-less, I had no issues with the screws. For those that want to swap drives, either for more capacity or performance, the TeraStation unit does come with a bootable recovery disk. And by flipping the switch on the back of the unit, it will be in USB boot mode.
The performance was good and what we expected of this unit. While Intel Atom based platforms are standard these days, they do have a place in the storage market and as we found today can perform quite well with the right drives. Sequential read and write topped 100 MB/s in both RAID 0 and RAID 1 modes. In workload testing, there were many times the TeraStation unit was at the top or near the top of our charts.
With all the Linux based appliances on the market, some may not realize there are affordable options on the market for a Windows Storage Server. Things are certainly set to change as Buffalo begins to launch turnkey solutions from the TeraStation product lineup.
Overall, the TeraStation 5200 WSS is a surprisingly solid performer that comes in with an MSRP of $1049.99 and a three-year warranty.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||79%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||86%|
The Bottom Line: Buffalo's TeraStation 5200 WSS does have a high initial cost, but it does come as a turnkey solution with ample performance for any small medium business.
PRICING: You can find the Buffalo TeraStation 5200 2TB Windows Storage Server for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Buffalo TeraStation 5200 2TB Windows Storage Server retails for $770 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Buffalo TeraStation 5200 2TB Windows Storage Server retails for £585 at Amazon UK.
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