Best NAS in 2021: Top network-attached storage devices

Mar 18, 2021 | Drobo, StorCentric

Drobo 5N2

Easiest to manage RAID, but barely any server features


  • Price per bay: $132
  • Drive bays: 5
  • Max capacity: 50TB
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • 1GB Ethernet ports: 2
  • Internal mSATA slots: 1

It’s kind of odd that Drobo hasn’t updated its one NAS storage array since 2017, but that goes to Drobo’s main focus as a direct-attached storage solution. Even though it’s been around for a while, the Drobo 5N2 has to go into our list of the best NAS devices, chiefly because its RAID functionality is just so good.

Also: We test the Drobo 5N2 RAID

Let’s clarify where this device fits: If you want a server with lots of apps and features, the Drobo is absolutely not for you. But if you want brain-dead easy RAID that keeps your drives safe and available on your LAN, and you don’t really care about much else, the 5N2 is a win. The Drobo justifiably won my best-in-show award for RAID performance, which was flawless in my testing. It also landed at the very bottom for network features, so you win some and you lose some. Go ahead and read and watch my full review for the in-depth details.