Review: Four NAS Machines

LaCie Network Space 1 TB

Noise and energy consumption

Unlike the 2big Network from LaCie, you can almost forget about the Network Space once you've plugged it in. Because it doesn't have a fan, you have to press your ear right up against the enclosure to hear the disk platter turning.

Having a single disk doesn't make for much energy saving though. While not working, it used around 13 W, rising to 15 W while reading and writing to the disk. The dual-HDD Synology DS209 uses 18 and 21 W in the same conditions.

The LaCie Network Space is an entry-level NAS system with a limited range of options.  As you can see in the photo above, the manufacturer has reused the enclosure of the LaCie Hard Drive designed by Neil Poulton.

There are, however, two differences, with a USB port at the front to connect an external hard drive and a Gigabit Ethernet port at the back to give the Network Space access to your network.  Two versions are available, 500 GB and 1 TB.

Interface

The tool used to configure the Network Space is the same as the one found on the 2Big Network.  It's very simple, but rather limited. As a result, it's very clear and setting things up doesn't take long. However, it's not long before you reach the system's limits.

File sharing and other featuress

The features available on the Network Space are very limited compared to what's on offer by its competitors.  It only supports the CIFS/SLB and AFP protocols, which is fine for Windows and Mac users, but leaves Linux networks out in the cold.  You can also give secure remote access to your files over FTP, or use it as a multimedia server for DLNA-compatible devices.

File transfer rates

As we saw in the introduction, you can connect a USB key or an external hard drive, and either organize a manual or automatic backup of the data contained on it onto the Network Space.  Unfortunately, the speeds are absolutely terrible and we can't advise you use it in this mode.  During our speed tests, we reached an average of 1.6 MB/sec. for writing and 0.6 MB/sec. in reading.  Note that drives formatted using NTFS are read-only.

Although the transfer rates are better over Gigabit LAN, they're still the slowest in our collection of NAS systems.  The results that we found using CIFS/SMB were an average of 3.4 MB/sec. for writing and 4.4 MB/sec. for reading.  You'd better have a lot of time ahead of you if you've got a lot of backups to do.

The speeds are just as appalling over FTP.  We found speeds of 4.5 and 4.9 MB/sec. for writing and reading respectively.  As a result, we can't recommend this NAS.

LaCie Network Space 1 TB
ProsCons
  • Easy to use interface
  • Quiet
  • Attractive design
  • Dreadful speeds
  • Just one USB port
  • Minimum number of features
  • With incredibly poor speed test results and a lack of features, this is a NAS system to avoid.