To test the power consumption of the NAS appliance, I deploy a rather simple Kill-A-Watt device between the receptacle and NAS. I then monitor the power usage of several minutes in each stage to get an idea where the NAS lands.
The ReadyNAS with its ARM platform did quite well using just 13 watts at idle while under testing this unit averaged 29 watts with four 1TB drives. Peak power consumption was seen during drive spin up at 68 watts.
These ReadyNAS units always throw me off my game when I consistently see the latest Intel platforms roll through on QNAP, Synology and ASUSTOR appliances. When I see a NAS using an ARM Cortex A15, I just immediately think it's going to be slow or won't be able to handle the workloads. Somehow now and in the past, Netgear seems to get these appliances dialed in to provide solid file performance on a consistent basis. This adds to the excellent build quality of these units as every device that I have ever tested is a tank in its own right.
With pure file performance, the ReadyNAS did quite well, especially in sequential where this device touched 118 MB/s in RAID 0 and RAID 10 while RAID 5 wasn't far behind at 110 MB/s. Single Client testing didn't paint the best picture for the RN214, but it was able to handle multiple streams in RAID 0 and RAID 10. In workloads, this NAS did amazingly well with the Database workload getting close to 1000 IOPS in every RAID mode.
As a bonus, Netgear does have a rather easy to learn Web GUI. It uses a tabbed layout over the desktop feel that many vendors go with and while at first you will need to dig around to get a feel for where everything is at, it is one of the most streamlined solutions. Adding to this is Netgear's ReadyCloud software that aids in setting up backups for all of your devices including PC, Macs, and smart devices, putting all of your data in one location that is accessible all the time.
In closing, the RN214 is a rock solid NAS appliance, and while it can perform exceptionally well as a media streaming solution, it performs even better as a file server. However, at the fairly heavy MSRP of $499.99, there may be better options to consider overall for your hard-earned dollars.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||80%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||83%|
The Bottom Line: While Netgear does an amazing job tuning their appliances and offers top notch software that adds to the experience, at the MSRP of $499.99, if you want something more than a file server, there are a plethora of better options on the market.
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United States: The Netgear ReadyNAS 214 Four-Bay Consumer NAS retails for $500 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Netgear ReadyNAS 214 Four-Bay Consumer NAS retails for £315 at Amazon UK.
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