Iomega used to be known for the Zip disk, once a popular alternative for the floppy disk. Nowadays the company is part of EMC, one of the biggest names in the market of business storage solutions. Iomega now focuses on the consumer and small office segment, and here we are reviewing their StorCenter ix2 NAS device.
The version we received for testing came with two 1 TB Seagate ST1000DM003 hard drives. You can choose different disk configurations, but the standard is RAID 1 which is the safest choice. The disks are 7200 RPM drives with 64 MB cache that cost an average of £60 apiece. The diskless version of the StorCenter ix2 costs an average of £106, while our model with the two included hard disks costs around £255.
The disks are relatively easy to replace. The front you can remove, after which you place the disks in the frame of the case. The StorCenter ix2 is the price-cutter of the brand, and is positioned above the StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition. The latter has a 1 GHz processor, but the new StorCenter ix2 comes with a Marvell 6282 1.6 GHz processor. The Cloud Edition has one more USB port compared to the newer NAS.