Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 review
While Apple’s Time Capsule is very much a ‘plug it in and forget about it’ backup device, in contrast, the Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition is packed with useful features. However, you’ll need a fair amount of technical know-how and patience to get to grips with them all – although it’s worth the effort.
Unlike most of its rivals (Freecom’s Silver Store excepted), the StorCenter ix2-200 can be used as a simple RAID system, as it comes with two separate hard disks (we tested the 4TB version with two 2TB drives) and gives you the option of using either RAID 0 or RAID 1 for extra performance or security. It’s compatible with Time Machine, so you can sit back and allow Time Machine to handle your backup chores, but its browser-based interface also allows you to configure it for use with online backup services such as Amazon’s S3, which is very much aimed at the corporate market.
There’s also a personal cloud option that allows you to access your files from any computer connected to the internet. That’s certainly a handy option, although you should remember that all your files remain on the StorCenter itself, rather than in the cloud.
You can set up individual user accounts and folders for other people on your network, and there’s also an option to set up groups in order to quickly configure access privileges for several people at a time. You can even set up special folders that will automatically upload photos and videos to FaceBook, YouTube or Flickr for you.
The StorCenter ix2-200 provides a handy personal cloud option to access files from any internet-connected computer
The downside to all these incredibly useful features is an occasionally head-scratching level of complexity. Simple options such as turning on the Time Machine option had us flicking through the 100-page manual looking for help, and you’ll need a real IT guru to cope with some of the denser technical jargon.
The complexity of the StorCenter ix2-200 may deter the kind of people who simply want a plug-and-play backup drive for their office network, but it will certainly appeal to business users who have the know-how to fully utilise it. And, at just under £300 for a whopping 4TB of storage, it’s also very good value for money.