Conclusion: Good Build Quality, Mediocre Performance
The Vox BlackBox is a solid NAS device with two hard drive slots. At a price of around $300, the silver enclosure provides 1 TB of storage capacity on the network. You can add more external memory to the Vox BlackBox via USB, and thanks to its hot-swap support, defective drives can be exchanged without any downtime.
The configuration of the Vox BlackBox is carried out via a Web interface, which has a horribly outdated design. The nested menu structure of the configuration and the lack of any support or help function will undoubtedly irritate less experienced users.
On the other hand, the support for network protocols is substantial. In addition to the SMB/CIFS protocol, the BlackBox can handle the FTP and NFS protocols, as well as Bonjour. The NAS device can even download files via BitTorrent, but only in conjunction with Internet Explorer.
However if dig a little deeper into the Vox BlackBox’s performance, you will be somewhat disappointed with data transfer rates. When working with lots of smaller files such as pictures, the Vox is not far behind its competitors. However, when many files of different sizes are copied to and from the NAS device, performance drops considerably—especially in the secure RAID 1 mode.
- Solid look
- Hot-Swap capability
- Support of the Protocols SMB, FTP and NFS
- Confusing Web interface
- Problems when using Firefox
- Data Transfer Rates are not always great