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It stands to reason for many HDD makers to extend their product range with Network Attached Storage devices as they get the opportunity to offer NASes with preinstalled HDDs at an appealing price as well as stimulate the demand for HDDs.

But today we are going to discuss a NAS device from a company which is mostly known for its RAM and flash memory modules as well as solid state drives. It is unclear for us why this kind of a manufacturer enters the NAS market but they must have their reasons.

The Patriot Valkyrie is the single product in a series of NASes designed for 3.5-inch hard disk drives. The other two are kind of USB-to-NAS adapters and help transform an external drive with USB interface into a NAS. We can’t expect high speeds or broad functionality from them, of course.

Dual-disk NASes are, on the contrary, the most expedient option for home as they combine a compact size, flexible configuration options and upgrade opportunities with, usually, an affordable price.

So, let’s see what Patriot has come up with in the classic NAS segment.

Package and Accessories

The device comes in a standard cardboard box designed in black and white. You can see how it looks and what its specifications are on the packaging. The choice of the product name is rather questionable considering that its main purpose is to reliably store user data, but anyway. It sounds original enough.

The box contains everything necessary save for hard disks. Besides the NAS, there are an external power adapter with cord (12V/4.2A), LAN cable, CD with software and user manual, and an installation guide. We were somewhat surprised to find no pack with screws, but this was shortly explained.

The CD contains the NAS’s firmware and a tool for searching for it on the LAN and launching your web-browser for setting it up.

The full user manual is 80 pages long and rather detailed. It is only in English and we couldn’t find other languages at the manufacturer’s website, either.

 
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