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The Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive doesn't beat around the bush with its nomenclature. There's no clever or witty naming scheme, a complete lack of confusing acronyms and it's not going to tell you it's "NAS to see you, to see you NAS" (ho ho!). No, its function is its name, is its function. And that's quite refreshing.
This business-like, sensible descriptor imparts a sense that this NAS device isn't going to rely on parlour tricks or flashiness, but rather on the arguably harder task of fulfilling its role simply and effectively. Thus, the question of whether you need a Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive is pretty simple: do you need an external hard drive and do you need it to be network-addressed via a Gigabit Ethernet connection? If so, this device meets all of your requirements.
Outwardly the Verbatim Gigabit NAS is a black, plastic-fronted, metal box measuring 200 x 115 x 50mm and weighing 1kg. The front showcases nothing but a status LED, whereas the rear houses a power input and button, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and two USB ports alongside a cooling fan outlet. Despite having a fan, the Verbatim Gigabit NAS is quiet enough to sit on a desk without causing a disturbance, albeit with the occasional interruption from the hard drive when it gets particularly busy.
Inside sits either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive, with only about a £20 price difference between the two. FAT32, EXT2 or EXT3 formatting can be applied, with the latter two offering the added potential to apply drive-level encryption - just don't forget your password! A NAS device with only a single drive may be nominally less 'safe' than one using multiple drives in a RAID setup, but used as a backup location, rather than as primary storage, the risk is low. The odds of your PC and NAS hard drive failing at the same time aren't huge.
Verbatim includes Nero's BackItUp Essentials backup software with the Gigabit NAS. Besides having a name comprised of really annoying 'CamelCase', this does a decent job of scheduling regular backups of your important files - and your not-so-important ones, too, for that matter.