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At a Glance

Eight drive bays and lightning speed highlight this NAS which was by far the fastest --and most expensive box we’ve tested to date.

Price when rated: $2,666.00

Pros

  • Eight drive bays
  • USB 3.0

Cons

  • Very expensive
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At a Glance

While it's pricey, excellent performance, copious software features, and state-of-the-art connectivity render this two-bay NAS box a good deal for small offices and work groups.

Price when rated: $599 (without drives)
Lowest price: $369.00 via Amazon Marketplace

Pros

  • Superior performance
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • Great software features

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No front-panel USB 3.0 ports
  • You'll need substantial technical chops to benefit from its advanced features
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At a Glance

This secure hard drive's exponentially larger capacity and high-flying USB 3.0 performance makes it a better value than secure flash drives.

Pros

  • Vast capacity for a portable secure drive
  • Secure keypad-entry protection

Cons

  • Bulky compared to secure USB flash drive
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At a Glance

With both USB 3.0 and FireWire interfaces, the Lancer LX works equally well on Windows PCs and Macs. It's large but rugged, and a good, if not great performer.

Price when rated: $115

Pros

  • Both USB 3.0 and FireWire 800
  • Mildly ruggedized

Cons

  • Largish compared to the competition
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At a Glance

If looks aren't paramount, you'd be hard pressed to find a better portable drive than the My Passport. It has plenty of capacity and top-notch performance.

Price when rated: $180

Pros

  • Fast
  • Up to 2TB of capacity
  • Good software bundle

Cons

  • Stodgy looking
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