Such a product couldn’t be at our labs at a much better, more suitable, and relevant time. With the recent news regarding the WannaCry ransomware, a network-attached storage, or NAS, like the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K is becoming more of a necessity in all homes. But then again – there are so many NASes available in the market, so is the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K suitable for you?
Let’s find out here.
Also, we’ve prepared a short and simple video on how to setup and get the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K working. The entire video is about 3 minutes long – which goes to show how easy it is to set it up.
Unboxing of a NAS. How exciting. Seriously, there’s nothing much to see here. The box itself is rather plain. There are a few highlights of its features here and there and that’s it. The most important highlight here is the number of bays that the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K has. It’s written at the top right corner – 1 bay.
This is important as it tells you how many hard disks a specific NAS can fit. Since the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K is a 1-bay NAS, there is a single hard disk inside. Which means there is no chance the NAS can do any sort of data redundancy in itself.
Anyway, contents in the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K is pretty simple and as expected for a NAS. There’s a power adapter with swappable plug heads, a CAT 5e cable, a graphical piece of quick start guide (thank you!), some Transcend product brochures and the StoreJet Cloud 110K itself.
Pretty simple and straightforward.
When ti comes to a NAS, I think design is very important. It’s going to sit there for the rest of its life. Hence, its physical design in terms of aesthetic, size, and durability is very important. It will become a furniture in your home.
Transcend employed a rather conventional yet commonly-accepted color – black. Not the glossy finish like the WD My Book that we’ve reviewed here, but a matte look.
With such a finish and color scheme, it means that you can literally stuff the StoreJet Cloud 110K at some corner underneath the shadow of a table plant or something similar. Thanks to the slim and tall design, it’s really easy to find a place to chuck it in.
Though I recommend you not to, as the StoreJet Cloud 110K does have one port that’s useful and potentially require constant access – and that’s the USB 3.0 port at the back. Honestly speaking, it’s a horrible position to put such a port and Transcend did not include a USB 3.0 extension cable. 🙁
Then comes that one bright red button at the back labeled as the function button. In my opinion, it suffers the same location issue that the USB 3.0 port as mentioned above. Once I chuck the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K at a corner, I don’t really expect myself to ever physically touch it unless something happens.
In terms of upgradeability though, I don’t see how the StoreJet Cloud 110K can have its hard disk swapped. It seems like everything here is locked with plastic clips all around, and there are zero ways to access the internals without prying apart the plastic body.
From the top and bottom vents, the single 3.5-inch hard disk can be seen.
Since the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K is bounded by Gigabit Ethernet, I expect it to have about 1Gb/s of theoretical maximum speeds – which translate to somewhere around 0.125GB/s (Gb = gigabits; GB = gigabytes).
And to my surprise, it’s not far off that maximum either. At about 116GB/s maximum read and 105GB/s maximum write, the performance here is to be expected.
As for file copies in and out of the NAS, the speeds are still high. Since copying files introduces some overhead, the speeds will be lower than the theoretical maximums. For the StoreJet Cloud 110K, the speeds aren’t far off from its theoretical maximums. At about 110MB/s read and about 84MB/s writes, I’m pretty satisfied with its performance.
Since a NAS is supposed to work 24 hours, power efficiency is important. The StoreJet Cloud 110K uses an ARM Cortex-A7 Dual-Core 1.1GHz processor. As per rated on its power brick, the entire NAS only consumes a maximum power of 24W.
Here’s the strong point of the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K. It’s an easy-to-use, easy-to-setup NAS that gets straight to the point once everything is hooked up. Remember the piece of graphical piece of quick start guide that I mentioned earlier? That’s all you need to get started with the StoreJet Cloud 110K.
It already has zeroconf built in, so all you need to do is look at the indicator light and once it’s finished booting up, enter the link in your default browser and you’ll be greeted with the setup screen!
Setup is fairly straightforward – just enter a new password for the admin account and you’re done setting up! Remember to update its firmware to the latest version first!
Here is where the other configurations happen. The entire system is like Linux in a browser. I mean, it literally is running on a version of Linux. The true magic is in the settings menu, where you can more users and invite more people to use the NAS.
Now I wonder why – there is a folder in the StoreJet Cloud 110K that is called “torrents”, but the StoreJet Cloud 110K itself does not support any sort of 3rd party apps.
Wirelessly access the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K
Of course, you can download the Transcend StoreJet Cloud app on both iOS, Android, and even in Chrome! During my time of testing the StoreJet Cloud 110K, I tested with the beloved Samsung Galaxy S8+ that I still had with me.
It’s a very simple process, actually. Once the app is installed, create a free account, connect to the same network as the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K, and search for it. When the StoreJet Cloud 110K appears, just add it in and enter your credentials that the NAS admin has provided.
However, I really hope that Transcend can implement an invite feature. The admin of the NAS can just create a new user and associate an email to that NAS account so that Transcend’s StoreJet Cloud ecosystem can automatically add the NAS into their StoreJet Cloud account.
This can skip the entire process of entering the local NAS credentials, but it poses a security issue. Maybe scan a QR code or an alphanumeric code for authentication after accepting the invite?
Wrapping up the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K
With the recent ransomware like WannaCry, I strongly urge everyone to get some sort of data backup solution either locally or remotely. If you do plan to do it locally where you can have a single NAS and share it with everyone in the house (or not, since it can be remotely accessed). It’ll give you much faster access time and zero impact on your internet bandwidth while backing up or downloading your files.
So, if you want a simple to use, the Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110K is definitely for you. There’s nothing complicated here and yet offers some headroom for customizability like iTunes and DLNA, but you can neglect them if you don’t want to use them. Most importantly is the ease of use and how easily it is to chuck the entire NAS away somewhere.
The price, however, needs a little explanation. The lowest priced I can find is RM799 over at Lazada here. I know, asking someone to fork out that much money for a storage solution is rather difficult. But think of it this way – a 4TB internal hard disk costs around ~RM600 and you need a desktop or a hard disk dock to run it.forking out that
Now, forking out that extra RM200 for a complete NAS solution sounds more compelling, does it?