Silverstone is a well known name to our regular readers - in the last year or so they've released an astonishing number of new products, new product lines, and updates on the old favourites. Most known for their computer cases, power supplies and 2.5" drive enclosures, Silverstone does a great job of continually maintaining high quality products at prices that don't get too far out of reach. The last year has also seen the release of some budget price product lines, showing that you don't necessarily need to cut back your quality just to lower your price tag.
Quite a number of Silverstone 2.5" USB and eSATA hard drive enclosures have passed through my hands - they do make some 3.5" enclosures too. The last time Silverstone took a stab at the NAS market was a long time ago - so long ago that their last NAS only supported IDE hard drives. That was back in the time when people hadn't realized the convenience a NAS could bring to the home; before every home had more game consoles than beds, before every smartphone had WiFi as a standard, and before every person felt the need to have their own computer, laptop and netbook. There's no doubt that the last two years alone have seen astonishing leaps forward in how connected we are both at home and outside the home. A lot of NAS's have hit the market in this time, and a lot of non-technical everyday users are also starting to adapt into a NAS of their own.
That brings us to where we are today, early 2011, and the debut of Silverstone's DC01 Data Center NAS. The DC01 is a 2.5" NAS that's competitively priced amongst the competition with similar features. Alongside packing this tiny box full of all the features you'd find on most other mid-end NAS devices, Silverstone has also tossed a few user-friendly enhancements on the DC01 to try and make it even friendlier for the non-technical buyers. I have a number of NAS's and servers around my home and office, so let's see how the DC01 compares for the price.