Seagate has really surprised me with their PRO NAS lineup. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical when I freed this NAS from its packaging. Yes, it did look cool, but I was worried that it would just look cool. When I started exploring, I quickly realized that they had taken all their knowledge of disks and the best features I found in the LaCie NAS lineup and packaged them together into one Storage Loving, rip-roaring, package.
The Seagate PRO NAS DP6 is extremely easy to use and manage. Seagate’s NAS OS4 is well polished and free from clutter. Meanwhile, the hardware itself can deliver some serious file transfer speeds. The DP6 performed on par with its LaCie siblings (running SimplyRAID) and delivered transfer speeds only 4MB/s behind our C.O.D. Custom NAS build (which delivered the fasted benchmark results to date – all our benchmark results are available here).
While I wasn’t sold on the disk trays, I was unable to make them fail with extended testing. They do feel cheap, but performed better than I expected. I don’t expect any of you to remove a drive twice a day for any extended period of time… so I am not sure this would be an issue anyway. Luckily the rest of the materials used are high quality and the remainder of the build is top-notch.
To wrap things up, this puts me in somewhat of a predicament. I typically like to recommend a NAS that is loaded with everything under the sun (which most are) and when I see this NAS next to one of them, I just can’t help it… I really like it. It does all that it is supposed to do well. No, it doesn’t have 400 apps in its app store, it doesn’t direct connect to your TV and run a media center, but it does have a lot of what I need. Plex Server is a bonus! Bottom line, does this NAS deliver? Well, it isn’t expensive ($599.99 for diskless and $1599.99 as tested), it performs well in the benchmarks, and its LaCie inspired OS is clean and usable… I would say that it does deliver.[easyazon_cta align=”center” identifier=”B00LM6KWEU” key=”wide-orange” locale=”US” tag=”compondema06-20″]