Akasa Integral P2 LAN review
The Akasa Integral is an external 3.5in drive enclosure with both USB and RJ-45 connections on the back. At its most basic, install an IDE hard disk and plug it into a free USB port: using 1GB of medium-sized files, we obtained a read speed of 18MB/sec (with a 40GB Western Digital Caviar drive). But you can also plug the drive into a network, the only caveat being that you need to install the supplied software on any machine you want to access it from. The network port is a 10/100 variant, but unless your drive is to be accessed by multiple users, the lack of Gigabit won’t be a problem. Over a network, using a Gigabit Ethernet switch, we saw respectable write speeds of 8MB/sec – enough for video and music streaming. The drive chassis itself also absorbs the hum of the hard disk and represents good value for money too.