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Iomega StorCenter IX2-200 2TB NAS review

Small and well behaved, Iomega's new NAS is built for fun

Our Verdict

A solid and easy to use NAS drive with enough storage for most needs but the lack of remote access does lose it some points

For

  • Small
  • Easy to use
  • Integrated BitTorrent client
  • UPnP/DLNA compliant

Against

  • No remote streaming function

Iomega's second-gen NAS box, the StorCenter IX2, is a pocket-sized powerhouse for those looking to move their digital media off one (or more) PCs and onto a Share that can be accessed by the growing market of networkable AV kit – everything from TVs to dedicated streamers are now primed to work with NAS boxes.

The IX2 is a Minogue-like NAS, significantly smaller than rival boxes from Netgear and LG, with a beautiful curvy, brushed aluminium finish that matches the brand's external HDD range.

Connectivity includes a trio of USB 2.0 slots and Giganet Ethernet port. The third USB slot is on the front, along side a Copy button. Hook up a USB stick or drive, and you can quickly dump the content to the NAS.

I estimate that it would take most users no longer than 20 minutes to get the IX2 up and running. Iomega's Installer disc provides a browser wizard which guides you through a short, painless setup routine.

Under the Media Services tab in the Web-UI are three icons: Media Server, Picture Transfer and Video Surveillance. The first is the UPnP DLNA server, visible to other UPnP devices on your network, as well as iTunes; the Picture Transfer mode requires you to hook-up a camera direct to copy across image files (I'd rather have a card reader); Surveillance function supports up to seven cameras (but failed to find my security camera at all. If this area is of interest, check you have a compatible device).

The IX2 model is better equipped than its forbear. Features include an integrated BitTorrent client and a basic Remote Access feature, which is free for the first year but then requires a subscription. The Torrent client is lightweight but effective.

Iomega storcenter ix2 200 2tb nas

There is no other integrated download tool, though. With torrents falling from favour, it would be nice to have some other D/L alternatives, such as a JDownloader variant for managing Rapidshare downloads.

Network compliance is fine. The device popped up on both a PS3 and Xbox 360, and was visible to a Popcorn Hour HDX and Western Digital Live.

Streaming HD media was problem free, and the IX2 is a good deal faster than its predecessor. In a networked home entertainment system, you need a NAS to be visible, quiet and, above all, easy to use. This Iomega unit ticks all three boxes. It's also well built, offers drive redundancy and throws in some cool extras.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Storage Server
Total Hard Drive Capacity2 TB
Product FamilyStorCenter
Brand NameLenovoEMC
Form FactorDesktop
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor ManufacturerMarvell
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Bays2
Hard Drive Configuration2 x 1 TB
Total Number of USB Ports3
Processor Model6281
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product Modelix2-200
Product NameStorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage Server
Product LineStorCenter
Manufacturer Part Number34482
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

The Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage offers content sharing with advanced security, and is ideal for small and remote offices, workgroups or home networks. Based on enterprise-class EMC storage technology, the StorCenter ix2-200 provides easy file sharing, iSCSI block access, and multiple RAID configurations for optimized data protection. Business users will appreciate the robust data protection features such as UPS support, print serving, folder quotas, rsync device-to-device replication, and user replaceable drives for business continuity and disaster recovery.

Package Contents
  • StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage Server
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Printed Quick Start Guide
  • Solutions CD with User Help Documentation
Limited Warranty3 Year
Software Included
  • StorCenter Manager Software
  • Iomega QuikProtect Software
  • EMC Retrospect Express Backup Software
Standard Memory256 MB