LG Electronics is one of Korea's oldest and most respected consumer electronics firms. Since the introduction of their first radio in 1959, the company has grown to become one of the world's top electronics manufacturers, offering everything from large home appliances to tiny mobile phones. LG is no stranger to the storage industry either. Working closely with companies like Hitachi, they've lead the way in this area, developing and manufacturing a wide range of optical storage products, including the industry's first "Super-Multi" drives.
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), LG previewed its first networked attached storage device, the N4B1. Designed for home and small business users, this four-bay NAS supports multiple RAID configurations and can store up to 8TB of data. The N4B1 also features built in FTP, print and iTunes music servers as well as the ability to automatically download data from memory cards and USB storage devices. Using its version management system, the NAS automatically tracks what data has been downloaded, saving time and space by not duplicating files.
What makes the N4B1 stand out among other NAS devices in its class is its built in Blu-ray rewriter. This drive serves as a secondary storage medium, allowing you to archive up to 50GB worth of data on a single disc. The N4B1's Blu-ray rewriter also makes it possible to share a BD, DVD or CD among many users by creating a virtual disc library. The NAS creates and stores an image of a disc, which is then accessible to all users on a network. According to LG, this not only saves time, but reduces wear and tear on discs.
|LG N4B1 Network Attached Storage with Built-in Blu-ray ReWriter|
Network File Services
Needless to say, this is only a taste of what LG's Blu-ray equipped NAS has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take an in-depth look at the N4B1's features and then put it through its paces to see how it performs. Does LG's new NAS have what it takes? Is support for Blu-ray enough to put it on top? Keep reading as we find out.