- Editor's Rating
- Easy set up
- Excellent performance
- Easy remote access
- Only includes 4 camera licenses
- Available limited to 2 x 2TB HDD
Quick TakeThe LenovoEMC PX2-300D is a great option for network and video surveillance storage for small businesses; its easy to set up and offers great performance.
LenovoEMC has released its latest networked storage device aimed at small businesses, the PX2-300D. The device is designed to serve multiple roles for companies that do not have the benefit of a large IT department. The PX2 can serve files and media, as well as monitor multiple security cameras. A PX2 with two 2TB hard drives and four camera licenses is priced at $999 at the time of the review.
NotebookReview found the build quality of the PX2 to be extremely high. Five of the six sides are covered entirely in metal and the sixth is covered in high-quality plastics. Opening the front door of the device reveals two hard drive bays with standard loading mechanisms and a USB 3.0 port. The screen on the top of the device shows information such as warnings, firmware updates and IP addresses. The back of the device has two more USB ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and a reset button.
The PX2 is equipped with updated firmware that includes the Milestone Arcus software, which allows users to access videos over the web and through the Milestone Mobile app for iOS and Android. NBR said the Milestone Mobile app is “surprisingly polished” and allows users to view archived footage as well as remotely control cameras among other features. Milestone has a price premium, but the mobile app is free. The PX2 also has an analog encoder PCIE card, which allows users to connect up to sixteen analogue video cameras using a dongle. The expander card handles all of the storage and encoding. This allows companies that are still holding on to older analog cameras the ability to use the PCIE card as a replacement for an analog video unit without having to replace the cameras.
NBR had no issues setting up the device and noted the PX2 picked up cameras with no issues and smoothly stored video. It comes with support for up to 10 plug-and-play network cameras from various manufacturers. It also has Acronis ABR 11.5 backup software, which will automatically backup every computer on the network.
The PX2 runs on a dual-core Intel Atom D525 with a 1.8 GHZ clock and it’s more than capable of handling any tasks given to the device. It’s also a “perfectly capable NAS,” with read and write speeds for files and video that’re “perfectly acceptable.” NBR found the device to be relatively quiet, only emitting a low hum and said sound is unnoticeable a few feet away.
Overall, NBR was impressed with the LenovoEMC PX2-300D and said it is “extremely easy to recommend,” especially for small businesses looking for a network storage device and a solution for video surveillance needs. Businesses that don’t need the video surveillance capabilities though may want to look elsewhere to avoid the high price tag.