IOCELL NetDISK 351UNE - Performance & Verdict

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The system comes drive-less at a little over £60, so you’ll need to factor in the cost of whatever capacity drive you chose to install. Considering a 1TB hard drive can be found for under £50, the total cost shouldn’t be that intimidating. If you need more storage than the 351UNE can supply, or want the other advantages of a multi-disk device, the 2-bay NetDISK 352ND satisfies that need.


A downside of the NetDISK connection method, and the intentional lack of an IP-based connectivity, is that many of the features we’ve come to take for granted on other NAS devices are highly conspicuous by their absence from this one. There’s no media centre, no BitTorrent client and no FTP access, to name just a few omissions.


If you’re just looking for a straight-up backup solution that obviously won’t prove a problem. Indeed, there’s a strong argument for not making data on your network too readily available. Plus, you could always route your media via a PC, or even just shove a Mac mini under your TV.

Those not bothered by such limitations, or for whom such features are simply unnecessary, will be rewarded by the impressive speed of the NetDISK 351UNE. Over USB 2.0 transfers are hardly impressive, being limited as they are by the connection. Over Ethernet or eSATA, however, the results are nothing short of excellent.


Over eSATA we saw read speeds reach a fantastic 86MB/s read and 82.6MB/s write speed and over Gigabit Ethernet the NetDISK 351UNE achieved a 54.2MB/s read and 49.7MB/s write speed. You’ll get faster speeds from a USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure, but the IOCELL NetDISK 351UNE uses far more ubiquitous connections and isn’t that much slower.

Verdict


The IOCELL NetDISK 351UNE takes an interesting tangent to the usual array of external hard drive caddies and NAS devices and it has paid off. It’s easy to use and, more importantly, offers transfer speeds as fast as you’ll get away from a USB 3.0 device.

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  • Value 8
  • Features 8
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