Iomega Storcenter ix4-300d preview: affordable network storage

Iomega is jointly owned by EMC and Lenovo, and the StorCenter carries the logos of both Iomega and EMC. EMC is known for its large business-oriented storage solutions, but the StorCenter ix4-300d is available without disks for a very affordable £210 (from Ballicom International).

The StorCenter ix4-300d is a compact NAS devices with room for four disks (which means you can fit up to 16TB storage), two network ports, two rear USB 2.0 ports, one frontal USB 3.0 port, and a display on the front. These are features traditionally reserved for more expensive high-end devices, and makes it a pretty complete storage device.

You can buy the StorCenter ix4-300d with and without disks. The model we tested came with four 1TB disks, but you can also have four 2TB disks or four 3TB disks for 8 TB and 12TB, respectively. There is also a model with two 2TB disks and two vacant slots. And while it's nice there is room for expansion, you won't be able to use RAID-5 unless you add another disk.

Installing the NAS is a relatively simple feat, and there is the display to assist you with information. The fan inside the Iomega StorCenter ix4-300d is loud, however. It's not extreme, but we probably wouldn't recommend putting it in your immediate work environment.

We also were not able to create more than one storage volume, so you have to combine them. The StorCenter ix4-300d runs on a dual-core Marvell ARM processor at 1.3 GHz and has 512MB DDR3 of RAM. To open the chassis you unscrew the thumbscrews, and then it's easy to access the hard disks.

The firmware is the same Iomega has used before in its NAS devices, and it's pretty well-organized and user-friendly. Password protection is not enabled by default, so you can access all of the settings directly. Practical features include the Active Folders, anything you place there is resized and uploaded automatically to Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. The Iomega StorCenter ix4-300d also has iSCSI, support for Active Directory, Mindtree and video hosting from Axis.

The StorCenter ix4-300d NAS can be used in combination with Iomega's Personal Cloud, which allows you and others to access this and other Iomega NAS devices from the internet. The ix4 supports apps, but there aren't a lot of them available. For a more in-depth look at the firmware, you can read our previous Iomega NAS review here. To find out how fast this NAS device is, read the rest of this review on Hardware.Info.