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Exterior Design

The designers have done a good job on this NAS. The combination of lusterless and glossy black plastic looks beautiful and also illustrates the difference between these surfaces from a dactylographer’s point of view. The top, front and bottom panel are glossy. The sides and the back are matte.

The nonstandard shape and the position of the indicators and buttons make the device even more interesting visually. The face panel has six LEDs reporting the status of the device in general, of the network connection and of each of the four installed HDDs. One USB port can also be seen here. To the left and almost on the edge of the case, there are well-hidden Power and Copy buttons as well as two more indicators (Power and USB drive connection).

At the back we can see open HDD bays, eSATA and USB ports, a LAN connector, a power adapter connector, and a Reset button. It may be difficult to plug a network cable in if a thick flash drive is inserted into the USB port, but that’s a typical tradeoff for compactness. The appearance of the new NAS is gorgeous overall. It is both beautiful and practical.

 
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