Linksys’ EFG250 is what you expect a NAS unit to look like. Its tall good looks, front-facing hard drive drawers, and LED lights tell you something important is going on in your data center, err, office.
Unfortunately, of the four units we tested, the EFG250 was by far the loudest.
When you’re toting around files that cannot fall into enemy hands—be it top-secret aerial photographs or the entire Girls Gone Wild collection ripped to Divx—your portable storage must be secure in the event it’s lost or stolen.
There’s a Mafia-style war raging around your PC. The MPEG-2 decoder card? Found face down in a Dumpster. The LAN card? Gunned down as he was leaving his social club. And no one’s seen the poor modem since he was “Hoffa’ed” in the 1990s.
Cooler Master’s take on the aluminum heatsink/fan drive bay is similar to Silverstone’s (this isn’t rocket science, after all), but CM goes one step further by including two thermal pads—one for each side of the drive.