LaCie enjoys taking a different approach. Their designs are distinctive, use atypical colours, and sometimes come with unique features. Let's be honest, the case of this 5big Office+ probably does not look anything like any other server or NAS that you have encountered. It's a massive aluminium case, with a big blue button in the middle. It's different, but in a good way, at least that's our opinion.
Lacie uses the 5big cases for a variety of different models. There is the 5big Network 2, a normal (Linux) NAS, the 5big Office, a system based on Windows Home Server 2011, and now the 5big Office+ we are reviewing here. The new arrival is supposed to be the big brother of the 5big Office, which is reflected in the choice of OS. This version comes with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials instead of Windows Home Server, but more about that later.