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Verbatim MediaShare Review

Verbatim is branching out from the realm of hard drives, USB flash drives and external drives with a network attached storage solution. The Verbatim  MediaShare is a compact and stylish little NAS and we’ve managed to get our hands on the 2 TB version to review.

Tech Specs

The MediaShare is a very good-looking NAS. It’s small, discreet and stylish, and is a very well-made and well-finished product. Its weight (1.7 Kg) seems to be inversely proportional to its size, however, as the casing is made entirely from brushed aluminium.  It really is a product of exemplary quality!

There are plenty of connections, including a 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port and three USB 2.0  ports, including one on the front panel with its very own ‘NAS Backup’ button. Although there is an eSATA port, this unfortunately can’t be used to boost the storage capacity and can only be used for drive mirroring. In other words, to back up the contents of the NAS internal drive to a separate external drive, like a RAID 1 setup.

Our test model came loaded with a 2 TB Samsung HD204UI hard drive. This drive is part of the Spinpoint F4  EcoGreen range and has a spin speed of 5400 rpm and 32 MB of cache memory. Note that the  MediaShare NAS is also available with a 1  TB internal hard drive and that all versions of this NAS have an external power transformer rather than an integrated transformer.

Pros

Excellent build and finish

Good performances over the Gigabit Ethernet connection

Low power consumption

 

Cons

Slow over USB connection

No download manager

No user-accessible drive bay

Web interface a bit dry and not very practical

 

Conclusion

This compact, stylish Verbatim MediaShare NAS is mainly aimed at users who want to share photos on social networks and other websites. Anyone looking for advanced functions (torrent manager, eMule etc.) would be better off looking elsewhere.

 

Amazon is selling it with 48% off.

 

Read the complete review at digitalversus.com.

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