Zyxel NSA220 review

Plenty of storage capacity, although you'll have to install your own hard disks Tested at £170.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Zyxel's build-your-own approach offers good value


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    Good value

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    reasonably easy to set up


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    You have to install your own hard disks

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The Zyxel doesn't come with any hard disks, instead allowing you to install your own. If you can follow a LEGO-like set of instructions, it's not too difficult.

The two bays can hold hard disks of up to one terabyte (TB; equals 1000 gigabytes) each, and the arrangement means one bay can back up the other, or you can combine the capacity of both to create a 2TB system.

This build-your-own approach also allows you to save money: a decent 500GB drive will cost around £60, so two of these, plus the NSA220, will give you a 1TB unit for around £290. That's 29p per gigabyte, which is very reasonable.

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