For a first entry, the Shuttle OmniNAS KD20 NAS certainly doesn't disappoint. It has a solid chassis, a USB 3.0 port on the front and quality trays for the hard disks. The firmware has all the features you expect on a NAS, and the lay-out is well-organised. Shuttle also has practical apps for remote access to your folders. See all: Storage buying advice.
You may know the brand Shuttle from their mini-PCs. The company recently took a new direction, and introduced its first NAS, the Shuttle OmniNAS KD20. It's available for around £120, and is proving to be a pretty successful first entry into the NAS market.
Let's start with the exterior. What usually happens with entry-level NAS devices is that the chassis is the one area where the manufacturer tries to save money. In this segment, manufacturers traditionally put more emphasis on affordability than quality. Shuttle took a different approach. The Shuttle OmniNAS KD20 has a solid casing, with aluminium sides and top. A door hides the two disks, which have their own trays partially made out of metal.
The OmniNAS also doesn't fall short in terms of connectors, with a network port and two USB ports on the back. Together with the USB 3.0 port and SD card reader on the front it provides plenty of ways of sharing data.
In the firmware you immediately notice how well-organised Shuttle has made the various features. The firmware is not as comprehensive as that of other brands such as QNAP or Synology. You can use it as file server, a DLNA and iTunes server is built in, and a Bittorrent client is available. You'll find everything you expect from a modern NAS. Shuttle did leave out FTP, but that's a feature you can do without. One limitation in the firmware is that you are not able to run the DLNA media server and Bittorrent client simultaneously.
If you want to find out how fast this first-time NAS from Shuttle is, read the full review on Hardware.Info.