Finally a full blown NAS for home users
To cater to the fast-growing demand for storage space and realising that most users prefer local storage than cloud, Seagate has launched NAS — Network Attached Storage. This simple looking drive provides easy sharing of data across devices and platforms.
Resembling a DTH box, Seagate Central consumes such little space that it can actually be installed in a media centre device. There is an Ethernet and a lone USB 2.0 port along with the power connector on the rear, and the device doesn't feature any switch except a notification LED. Though it has ample vents to cool it while running, we would still suggest placing it in a well-ventilated space.
Available in 2, 3 and 4TB capacity, we received the 4TB model for review.
We found the installation guide very helpful. The device requires configuration through a browser so the installation needs a computer to be connected to the drive for the first time. Once connected, we were instructed step by step.
The main interface has five tabs — Home, Users, Social, Service and Settings. Using these, you can create new users, their rights, download images from facebook or map the drive. Users can upload or download data from anywhere in the world using the Internet.
Our experience with Seagate Central was fair. However, available at Rs 17,700 for the 4TB version, it does seem to be a bit costly. Reducing the price by few thousands can really make it an great buy.
VERDICT: Easy to use a tad overpriced