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Written by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 09 August 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Patriot Corza Network Storage Server PCZ35SNAS2
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Patriot Corza
PCZ35SNAS2 Detailed Features
Corza Web Interface
NAS Testing Methodology
NAS Testing Results
NAS Server Final Thoughts
Patriot Corza Conclusion

Patriot Corza Conclusion

Reading through this review, it would seem that my opinion when from good to bad, but the truth is that I'm really undecided about the Patriot Corza network storage appliance. Similar to automobiles, there's a size and fit for everyone, and the most affordable cars are rarely the fastest. The same is true with the Patriot PCZ35SNAS2.

The Patriot Corza does offer redundant RAID-1 disk configuration, and the most basic network storage functions are delivered with complete ease, so the Corza still has some redeeming qualities. Nevertheless, a maximum read speed of 21.5 MBps and 14.3 MBps write bandwidth are far, nay, remotely distant, from everything else we've tested in the past two years.

The drive trays and general design aesthetics were both at the top of my list, but at the end of the day I'm left guessing at why a gigabit Ethernet device would be so underpowered that it would barely dent a 100Mb connection. While Patriot does an outstanding job of packaging the Corza in an appealing manner, and the physical appearance is both elegant and attractive, the performance doesn't match the looks... or rather, fashion comes before function.

The Corza NAS is built just as well as any other NAS we've seen, perhaps even better than some, and if the Corza happens to fail during the 2-year warranty period end-users can take advantage of free tech support by calling 1-800-800-9600 in the USA or completing a Patriot Customer Service Request Form.

The value rating does get some well-deserved recognition, however. As of August 2009, the Patriot Corza PCZ35SNAS2 sold for a mere $99.99 after rebate at NewEgg. At this price, which makes the Corza the most-affordable NAS we've tested, users might be able to forgive the lack of top-end network speed.

In conclusion, the Patriot Corza PCZ35SNAS2 offers the most basic network storage functionality in an attractive and afforable dual-bay NAS. An extremely affordable price and elegant appearance are the high points, and slow speeds with limited functionality beyond basic disk and user setup are the low points. If you're working on a thin budget and in need of the most basic network storage product, the Patriot Corza fits the build. But if you're expecting anything more I suggest you keep shopping.

Pros:

+ Very inexpensive NAS
+ Offers RAID-1 disk redundancy
+ Simple setup and management
+ Elegant looks and refined design
+ Integrated power supply removes AC adapter
+ 2-Year product warranty

Cons:

- Very slow network transfer speeds
- Lacks drive tray locks
- Limited GUI control panel

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.75
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 6.25
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 8.45 out of 10.

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