Verbatim Gigabit 1TB NAS Hard Drive Review

Verbatim is best known for its blank media, but the global storage company has started to diversify its business lately with various consumables, such as LED lights, headsets, speakers, batteries, mice and even printer cartridges.

But we're reviewing something more 'entertaining' today in the form of a no-frill, no-fuss, down to earth 1TB NAS hard drive - one which sports a Gigabit Ethernet port.

To say that the design of the NAS is conservative would be an understatement. Apart from the front green LED light and a Verbatim logo, there's nothing flashy.

The NAS is impressively heavy and the fact that it is made of metal means that it appears to be more sturdy than some of its flimsier competitors.

At the back of the device is a GbE LAN port, two USB ports, a 40mm fan, a reset button and the power port. Powering it and using it proved to be a doddle; the drive was silent in operation and was barely warm to the touch.

Verbatim bundled all the necessary accessories, including a proper multi-lingual booklet and a cheat sheet (albeit for the wrong drive); it included the Nero BackItUp Essentials backup software, which is a popular choice for entry level NAS devices and comes with a CAT6 cable.

There's an iTunes server, a media server that can access other DLNA devices (courtesy of Twoky Media), an FTP server and a BT client (TorrentFlux), which offers a number of interesting options including that of managing the service via a web interface.

The drive can also send e-mail updates to up to five addresses with details of the drive's status info.

You will be able to attach a USB printer, a USB flash disk or any other USB storage device to it, and, since it is compatible with Apple's Bonjour protocol, you will be able to use the drive in an Apple environment.

We didn't have any GbE hardware available so it was not possible to test the speed claims, however using the supplied cable we managed to reach 8.4MBps and 8MBps in read/write respectively, slow speeds that we blame on the fact that we could only manage to connect it to a congested switch on our network.

File transfers via the USB port were understandably far faster, although not appropriate in a networked environment.

We were not apple to pry the Verbatim NAS drive open, which means that we were not able to find the exact hard disk used or the electronics that lie within the beast.

CCL sells the storage device for £117.34 including free delivery - lower than the suggested retail price of £125 quoted by Verbatim.

This is £12 more expensive than a similar Freecom model or the Buffalo Linkstation Live, which is currently available for less than £100 - both come with GbE ports which makes it very difficult for Verbatim to justify the price difference.

Swap the hard drive for a bigger 1.5TB version to make it an unbeatable deal. Find more about the drive on Verbatim's website here.

Note that Verbatim has another 500GB model available, costing around £20 less than the 1TB version, making it easy to go for the more expensive model - especially as it comes with two year limited warranty and free technical hotline support.