The past few months have seen the addition of a significant number of network-attached storage devices from multiple storage solutions developers. However, while those products did well in providing suitable storage and connectivity capabilities, the same could not be said about their affordability, or lack thereof. Noticing the still unaddressed need for less expensive small office and home office (SoHo) network storage, Plextor has developed a two-drive NAS known as the PX-NAS2.
The amount of storage available to a small network need only be large enough for storing multimedia files (used for streaming) and for backup purposes. As such, Plextor decided to build its new NAS device with only two bays that can each handle a 3.5-inch hard disk drive of up to 2TB.
The PX-NAS2 itself measures 135.4 (W) x 120.3 (H) x 254.5 (D) mm and is equipped with all the necessary connectivity and I/O options, including a pair of USB ports and Gigabit Ethernet. As such, the product will be able to act as an iTunes, HTTP / FTP server. Not only that, but Plextor's unit is even compatible with DLNA 1.5, which allows it to interface with CE products.
"Plextor is pleased to expand our storage category to meet today's growing storage demand by providing another complete storage solution to our consumers," says Takashi Adachi, General Manager of Plextor. "The PX-NAS2 is a complete and versatile NAS device that fulfills the growing demand for storage capacity, security and accessibility of personal data anywhere, anytime within a home."
With the multimedia streaming capabilities covered, the storage maker catered to the need for reliable and easy backup by bundling the NAS with the Memeo software, which also handles file syncing and content sharing. Set to start selling in May, the HDD-less Plextor PX-NAS2 will be priced at only €179, whereas the 1TB (2 x 500GB HDD) and 2TB (2 x 1TB HDD) versions will cost €285 and €389, respectively.