Summary: Not recognized by my Xbox360, but I don't use that for much more than games.
Pros: Files are there, easy read access, I have this 24/7 on ethernet connection to my home network and use it to host movies and music. Reads smoothly for HD video, and the price is good for this size storage. Just to have a TB available on a home network this is worth it.
Cons: Transfer speed is slooooow. I get around 2mb/s on ethernet and 42mb/s on the USB connection. Format is FAT32 not NTFS, so those blu-ray rips don't fit properly, but no worse than trying to use DVDs.
Summary: If you want to use it a a NAS, do not convert the drive to NTFS, it will ask you for a username and password which can't be defined. That of course means no files over 4 GB, biggest drawback would be DVD isos and Single ghost images.
Pros: * No need to install software to share * Has USB interface for faster transfer of files * Simple web interface management
Cons: * need fat32 file format to function as a NAS
Summary: This seems like a pretty decent drive *if* you are only planning on using it in a Windows world and you don't mind the whole thing being one big partition. If however you were hoping to put multiple partitions on the drive for multiple computers then you should look elsewhere.
Pros: Seems speedy and is mostly quiet.
Cons: Instruction book is unhelpful at best. Networking doesn't work with Mac OS X Time Machine at all.
Summary: Personally, I'm very pleased so far. I thought the transfer rate was slow in network mode (my network is only 100 mbps, so I hooked it up via the USB port for the initial dump from my hard drive. Since then, network mode has worked just fine for accessing and saving.
Pros: Easy installation. Just plug it into your router or switch and install the software and you're in business. You can use the enclosed software to put the drive on your home network if you changed the name from WORKGROUP and access it that way. You have a lot of options. I have 5 computers in my ho...
Cons: Cannot be formatted to NTFS and be used as a network drive, uses FAT32, which means you cannot store files over 4GB on it among other things. Wouldn't say it's a show stopper though. And, if you do mess up and try your luck with NTFS, the software disk has a format function.
Summary: This unit is geared for simplicity. Think, "USB drive that plugs into my router." You can't do complicated shares with individual user permissions, but I get my fill of that at work. I want my home setup to be bonehead simple, and this delivers!
Pros: I found this NAS to be very easy to set up. Now everybody in the house has access to data without having to make sure a certain computer is turned on. The unit barely got warm when I moved 200 gig of data to it.