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Toshiba Canvio Home Backup & Share: A capable home NAS with easy remote access

Jon L. Jacobi | June 6, 2014
It's not particularly well-advertised, but Toshiba makes a NAS box. I'd heard about it, but the single-bay Canvio Home Backup & Share barely ticked my radar until Toshiba sent PCWorld one for evaluation. Color me impressed--mostly. The Canvio Home Backup & Share offers a robust feature set and good performance for its class; however, it retails on the high side.

Canvio Home Backup & Share competes well with better-known rivals from Seagate and Western Digital, and the super-easy remote access is a deal-maker. But as I mentioned up top, its sticker price renders it expensive for its ilk: The 2TB model reviewed here carries and MSRP $200, while the 3TB model is priced at $270.

At the time of this writing, however, Toshiba might have realized it's priced itself out of contention. I found these boxes — which come with three-year warranties — selling on Toshiba's website at the discounted prices of $150 and $195 respectively. Still, WD's 2TB My Cloud might come with just a two-year warranty, but you'll find that box selling online for just $135.


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