The line is the classic anthracite and red of the company and the new Buffalo TeraStation 3220 also demonstrates how quality and speed do not necessarily have to cost a lot to get along thanks to the choice of managing pure storage in contrast with the market choices.
Buffalo TeraStation 3220, the review
A fashion dress
In years of NAS reviews, we have come to understand that, although products of this type all look very similar to the eyes of the uninitiated, as soon as you delve a little inside you understand that every NAS manufacturer has a very specific philosophy.
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Buffalo Technology does not escape this mantra by showing on the one hand products characterized by an elegant, aggressive and original look that makes a good view of themselves, suitable more to be proudly in the meeting room than in the server room.
Not that the other NAS are ugly, on the contrary, but the Buffalo look offers really interesting ideas of originality: they inspire robustness and solidity, factors that we can endorse above all thanks to the three-year warranty with quick change in 24 hours at the total expense of the manufacturer. a factor not to be underestimated when purchasing.
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Two slots, double net
The TeraStation 3220 model offers in a parallelepiped of 170x170x230 mm (4.8 kg weight) a double slot for the disks, two Seagate IronWolf, supported by an ARM Annapurna Labs Quad Core and 1.4GHz processor, with 1GB of DDR3 RAM, with SATA (6Gb / s) interface for disks and an operating system derived from Linux (a bit like everyone else).
The total capacity of the NAS is 8 TB, given by two 4 TB disks that can be configured in two separate volumes in JBOD or in RAID 0 and 1.
The read and write values obtained using the 2.5 GbE connection
The processor and RAM characteristics are not aggressive, however it is necessary to understand that the Buffalo TeraStation 3220 is a prosumer NAS designed above all for storage: almost exclusively for storage, a factor that the parent company espouses even if the writer thinks that a some courage wouldn't hurt.
The hallmark of this model is undoubtedly the double rear network connection, with one port at 1 Gbit and a second at 2.5 Gbit, a speed now increasingly widespread both in NAS and computers (almost all recent Apple Desktop models have a 10 GbE port).
Intriguing look, like all Buffalo models, for a desk rather than a server room
And it is precisely the network speed that represents the most important part of this model, because it allows to improve the throughput speed of documents, with an increase in archiving performance, which, as we have said, is the most important feature of those who choose Buffalo.
From our tests, carried out with a Mac mini 2018, the results were certainly rosy and show a marked improvement compared to the Gbit connection, even if it should be emphasized that to reflect this improvement in the office you need an infrastructure (Router, Switch, cables , computer) able to receive it.
In support of the NAS there is the typical Buffalo interface, constantly changing over time: in this perspective the improvements are obvious even if, considering that it is a NAS purely dedicated to archiving, the accompanying items are still too many. and an improvement or at least a simplification would be needed.
Furthermore, we have not found smartphone apps for the most common services, and this is a direction that Buffalo must follow if it is to remain competitive with the offer in the market.
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According to the writer, TeraStation 3220 is an interesting product for the small office, to which the document archive can be entrusted both locally and (through a VPN) as support for Smart Working.
The small NAS looks good in plain sight in the entrance or in the meeting room, it does not have a display but is now of little use: the factors of choice are certainly the speed, the right proportion between cost and result and the guarantee.
Some additional service that is missing is noticeable but Buffalo's clientele is likely to be very classic and don't rate this as a priority.
The speed is interesting, aggressive in the offer compared to the competition, but pay attention to expectations, to obtain the expected result you need to have a technical department ready to configure and optimize it.
We did not find valid apps on the App Store: on the other hand, the NAS is also manageable from a browser by a iPhone.
• Very fast • Aggressive look • Guarantee with change in 24 hours
• Smartphone apps are missing • Designed for archiving only
• 402.48 Euros (2 TB model) • 475.68 Euros (4 TB model) • 585.48 Euros (8 TB model)
More information on the Buffalo TeraStation 3220 model can be found on the page of the parent company, while for the purchase the readers can find the buffalo NAS in the affiliated stores of the peninsula starting from 402 Euros for the 2 TB base model,