Buffalo Linkstation 520 | £88.5555 |
Buy from Amazon: bit.ly/buff430 FEATURES ★★★ ★★ PERFORMANCE ★★★ ★★ EASE OF USE ★★★★★ VALUE FOR MONEY ★★★★★
Our other award winners offer a wealth of features, but they’re overkill if all you want is somewhere to store files. The Linkstation 520 is boxy, with just two activity lights for communication – one for its own drives and one for the single rear-mounted USB port. The only other external feature is an Ethernet port.
Inside, it has a 1GHZ Realtek processor and just 256MB of memory, so it clearly isn’t designed to run apps or do anything other than look after your files. However, it has a surprisingly good user interface that makes it easy to set up different users, create shared spaces and access them locally or over the internet.
The Linkstation 520’s no-frills media-serving features can handle the essentials, including itunes and DLNA, so for a device that costs less than £ 100 (without drives) it’s a bargain. It’s cheap to run, too, with low-power components that consume less energy than the other devices we tested.
VERDICT ★★★★★ The Linkstation 520 doesn’t win our Bronze Award for great looks or flashy features but it’s a compact, efficient NAS box that’s great value. If you’ve already got some spare hard drives, it’s an incredibly cost-efficient way to get started.