Over the years you get used to and know what to expect from nearly every platform that comes through. With Buffalo, I know their platforms are very strong in basic storage tasks like backup and data management. The Linkstation 520 follows this to a "T," but it's not to be confused with business platforms like the 3010 Series which offer higher throughput in the design of the platform. The 520 is by all metrics an entry-level consumer platform for the home user.
That said; I'm quite happy with the 520. It doesn't go overboard by any means in terms of enclosure design or functionality. In-fact, I'd guess Buffalo builds these platforms to a price point, considering they are turn-key and include legit NAS drives. Build quality is on par with expectations, nothing fancy as mentioned but we do have a plastic enclosure, metal chassis underneath with ethernet functionality and USB 3.0. The front drive door is a bit sloppy but does snap closed, so I didn't have any issues with it.
Performance wise was quite good for this solution, we had solid performance in playback and record for both RAID 1 and RAID 0, and File Copy seemed to do better writing to the NAS then reading from it. Sequential file performance was equal across both RAID modes tested, I was able to get around 110 MB/s read, and 105 MB/s write. Workload testing hammered the 520, as its not really meant for this type of work but we did see a better result in RAID 1, nearly double the performance of RAID 0.
Overall, the 520 is exactly what it needs to be, a home users private cloud with the added capabilities of a digital media hub.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||81%|
The Bottom Line: The Linkstation 520 is the perfect turn-key solution for users just wanting personal backup and media sharing.
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