First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Many products let you add hard-drive storage to a network, but few are as flexible and as affordable as Netgear's $229 Storage Central SC101.
- Quick easy installation, Partition capabilities
- Nothing of note
A storage solution that is economical for larger home networks, with added protection from drive failure.
Price$ 159.00 (AUD)
We tried a shipping version of the compact unit, which has slots inside for two parallel ATA drives (not included). Outside, its integrated heat sink pulls heat away from the drives. Installing two hard drives was a snap: we used a coin to release the front cover; then we popped the drives in, connected the power and IDE cables, closed the SC101, and linked it to my network's router with the bundled RJ-45 cable (regrettably, the unit supports only 10/100 Ethernet).
The wizard accompanying the friendly, easy-to-use Storage Central Manager software assigned an IP address to each drive in the device. We could then make up a name for the selected drive and set aside part of that physical drive's capacity for storage. For example, you can effectively split a single 300GB drive into two 150GB volumes, each of which receives its own drive letter.
The software allowed us to share the SC101 with other systems on the network, but we first had to install the Storage Central Manager on those PCs. As the SC101 finished its installation, Windows XP found the drive automatically and assigned it a drive letter. Windows Explorer shows the drive as just another hard drive, so you can drag and drop files to it or use it with your favourite backup package (the unit ships with SmartSync Software's SmartSync Pro 2.1).
You can repurpose a drive from an older system to serve with the SC101, or buy two 250GB hard drives for about $300 and get 500GB of storage for around $529 - a bit less than the $570 you'd pay for a single 500GB network-connected drive without the added security of relying on two drives.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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