I'm decently happy with the Buffalo as a platform, build quality is on par with the rest of their lineup, and really, it's one of the last platforms to keep with a metal enclosure. Drive bays are secured behind a locked door, and even though plastic is used here, it's tremendously difficult to break into. The LCD is perfect for keeping tabs on the status of the NAS more than completing any tasks, and the blue backlight is easy on the eyes at night.
Performance is two part for me, as a NAS this platform performs just as good as many Linux based platforms we have tested. Being turnkey, I do tend to like it more just for ease of use and warranty. That said things get a bit chunky when you remote into it for setup or connect via VGA, I think the processor is underpowered for those activities and huge amount of resources Windows uses, I'd much rather seen Buffalo include a C35 series CPU or better in this case.
As far as software is concerned, Windows Storage Server certainly delivers with functionality; you can run any Windows application on this platform which lends an entire ecosystem to Buffalo without them doing all the legwork. With that though, Buffalo has created their very own Dashboard app which I do find useful for monitoring the Terastation along with the ability to make it sing when you have a rack of these units deployed.
In closing, the two-bay platform is suitable as an entry-level file server for SMB that need to stick with Windows platforms, for those that can swing outside the box for a Linux platform from Synology, Qnap or Asustor you can certainly save yourself a few hundred dollars.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||78%|
The Bottom Line: If youd rather a Windows system, the Terastation WS5220 lineup offers a great entry-level turnkey platform.
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