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The Net­gear and WD units are me­tal boxes that feel rock solid and should put up with just about any­thing short of your house col­laps­ing on them. The Synol­ogy and QNAP boxes, by con­trast, are plas­tic, and while more at­trac­tive to look at are nowhere near as tough. Both the Net­gear and WD units had large fans in­side the case, which, while loud when they started up, at least en­sured the hard disks re­mained cool.

In each case, open­ing the drive bays was straight­for­ward and could be done with­out the need to re­sort to the man­ual. The same was true of fit­ting 3.5in drives in each bay. Screws were sup­plied with each unit to keep the drives in place.

The flip side of the ro­bust con­struc­tion of the Net­gear and WD My Cloud boxes is that they were sig­nif­i­cantly heav­ier and less at­trac­tive to look at, es­pe­cially when com­pared with the QNAP. This may be a con­sid­er­a­tion if you plan on hav­ing a NAS box sit­ting on a me­dia unit or shelv­ing.

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