Buy a NAS - ZyXEL NAS540 Comparison
Which NAS should I buy, what is the best NAS?
- The all singing, all dancing Synology, with its smart interface and well polished exterior. A QNAP, a Netgear, or one of the many other brands?
- Or, the new 4 bay from ZyXEL?
For me, when I'm buying something, it comes down to "what do you get for your money"? You can look at this in several ways:
- You get what you pay for?
- Buy cheap, if it falls over, get another one?
- It's all I can afford?
- Over priced and over hyped?
- Spend a long drawn out scientific investigation into all the pro's and cons, taking into account how much your going to have to spend to get what you want?
The truth is I went for number 5, but did consider all of the above. I was originally after a 2 bay NAS, but ended up looking at the ZyXEL NAS540 4 bay, because of the hardware specifications:
- CPU: FreeScale FS1024 Dual Core 1.2 GHz
- Memory: DDR3 1 G
- 4 x 2.5" or 3.5" SATA II hard disk the max support up to 24 TB (6 TB x 4).
- Two Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 connector.
- Three USB 3.0 ports.
- One SDXC card reader (Up to 128 GB).
- Quiet Smart fan design.
The video shows the unboxing of a ZyXEL NAS540 and a Seagate 4TB NAS hard disk drive. The NAS540 is a 4 bay personal cloud storage server, capable of supporting 24TB on 4 x 6TB hard drives.
Which is the Best NAS to Buy?
Why did I buy a ZyXEL NAS540?
Looking at reviews, price and specifications:
- Comparing it to a 2 bay NAS, the specifications were better than average, or equal to the higher end products.
- Comparing it to other 4 bay NAS's, the specification were better than the low end but not as good as the high end (the high end were approximately double the price).
- Looking at the reviews, it wasn't the fastest NAS compared to the more expensive brands, but it was OK for what I wanted and the price I paid.
- The hardware specifications were reported in several reviews as 'good for the price' and had positive comments.
- In reviews, the software interface had let it down, and could be improved. But generally it was OK (updates might improve this?).
- For the money, the specifications are excellent. For me, I considered this the best NAS to go for.
- The software interface - You get what you pay for, (but this may improve with updates?).
If you're not sure what you should buy, you may want to have a look at this page 'Buying a NAS'. It gives lots of information on the different options you have when buying a NAS (or any other type of storage device).