Summary: The LaCie 5big Network 2 is easily the best looking NAS we have reviewed. While it might have a bit of a HAL theme going on with the front, it is one of the slickest cases we have seen in a while. The metal chassis is extremely durable and overbuilt, showing that you can make something that looks extremely good and still have it designed to survive tough conditions. Besides the case, LaCie put a lot of development time into the new look of the NAS OS 2.0 software.
Pros: Super durable case, Great looking design, Intuitive NAS OS 2.0 user interface, Robust set of backup and media serving features
Conclusion: LaCie’s 5big Network delivers impressive storage capabilities for small networks. Not only can you benefit from huge capacities thanks to the supplied Hitachi SATA drives (7200rpm), but also from a complete backup solution for your data. Compared to traditional four-disk RAID towers, it uses around 25% less energy, and its cooling system is typically 37% quieter, despite the additional disk. The fact that the drive looks really sweet is a big bonus too!