Shuttle OmniNAS KD20 review: first time's the charm?

Mini-PC manufacturer Shuttle enters the NAS market

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Introduction

You may know the brand Shuttle from their mini-PCs. The company recently took a new direction, and introduced its first NAS, the Shuttle OmniNAS KD20. It's available for around £118, and is proving to be a pretty successful first entry into the NAS market. 

Shuttle OmniNAS KD20

Let's start with the exterior. What usually happens with entry-level NAS devices is that the chassis is the one area where the manufacturer tries to save money. In this segment, manufacturers traditionally put more emphasis on affordability than quality. Shuttle took a different approach. The Shuttle OmniNAS KD20 has a solid casing, with aluminium sides and top. A door hides the two disks, which have their own trays partially made out of metal.

Shuttle OmniNAS KD20

The OmniNAS also doesn't fall short in terms of connectors, with a network port and two USB ports on the back. Together with the USB 3.0 port and SD card reader on the front it provides plenty of ways of sharing data.

Everything is in order with the chassis of the Shuttle OmniNAS, now the question is how good the firmware is of a brand new NAS manufacturer.


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