The guys at BIOS Magazine just put up a nice review of Plextor’s new USB/LAN external hard drive, the PX-EH25L. Aimed primarly at the small business network, BIOS likes the form factor, built-in connectivity and print server functionality but mentions that setup requires a bit of networking know-how. Other gripes include lack of built-in DHCP, no FireWire port and no write protection switch. Specs are as follows:
•8 MB buffer
•Average seek time of 8.2 ms
•Single 10/100 ethernet port
•Two USB 2.0 ports (for connecting another drive or a printer)
•Power switch and power/activity LEDs
The review does have a few factual discrepancies/typos, most notably a sentence saying the device is compatible with Windows and the Mac, immediately followed by one telling readers to forget about connecting it to a Mac or Linux. Right now the drive seems to be found only on Plextor’s European site, which lists Windows compatibility.
BIOS lists a retail price of £199, but a Froogle search reveals one seller willing to part with these drives for greenbacks — nearly 400 of them.