Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation Mini
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Buffalo – LinkStation Mini
23 August 2010
Conclusion: We are impressed with the size and form-factor of the Buffalo and found it easy to get to grips with the NAS Navigator2 software. On the downside the cost is rather high for a mere 500GB of storage and as the case is sealed there is no option for an upgrade. You'll also be in trouble if the RAID 0 array suffers a problem as you cannot simply replace the drive that has failed.
Excerpt: The Buffalo LinkStation Mini is a unique network-attached-storage drive with a tiny form factor and plenty of useful features. One downside: You must wade through an aged, user-unfriendly interface.
Pros: Tiny, Supports both RAID Levels 0, 1, Includes media, print capabilities, Web access is easy to configure
Cons: Very expensive, Cryptic interface may baffle most users, No conventional backup software, Slow read/write times, No easy way to remove a drive
Excerpt: The NAS drive, a network-attached hard-disk that can share your files with your digital devices, is increasingly popular, so it's no surprise we're seeing new, more home-friendly kit emerging.
Pros: Tiny, twin drives equal excellent security, very quiet in use
Cons: Single USB out, won’t support Xbox 360 or Squeezebox
Excerpt: The LinkStation mini is the smallest NAS we've seen. It uses a pair of 2in laptop hard disks instead of the 3in hard disks used by the other devices here. It measures just 82x42x135mm, so it is easy to tuck out of sight. Despite its size, it has a spacious 1TB capacity when configured as RAID 0. The mini's discovery utility resembles Windows Explorer, so it's easy to grasp. The web configuration interface is logically organised.
Excerpt: When Buffalo visited the TechRadar offices to show off this product its representatives confessed that they didn’t quite know who would buy the LinkStation Mini. A squashed down version of the company’s very successful LinkStation Live range, the Mini packs in two 500GB 2.5-inch laptop hard drives in a fanless casing.
Pros: Excellent feature set, Tiny footprint and weight, Good software
Cons: A bit costly, Drive is slow, Nothing special
Summary: De LinkStation Mini doet waarvoor hij gemaakt is: bestanden zijn eenvoudig te backuppen en opnieuw op te roepen om ze te delen of te streamen. En door zijn mini-afmetingen en stille werking is een flexibele plaatsing geen problemen.