pogoplug series 4 Pogoplug launches Series 4, ads USB 3.0 connectivity and USM

The latest addition to Pogoplugs growing family of devices is adding quite a few new features and it looks like the company wants to take a serious slice out of the home storage/home cloud market with the Series 4. That said, the price has also gone up and you still have to add your own hard drives, but at least the Series 4 comes with a little twist to make this a lot tidier.

The latest addition to Pogoplugs growing family of devices is adding quite a few new features and it looks like the company wants to take a serious slice out of the home storage/home cloud market with the Series 4. That said, the price has also gone up and you still have to add your own hard drives, but at least the Series 4 comes with a little twist to make this a lot tidier.

 The Series 4 Pogoplug appears to be the same as the recently announced Pogoplug Mobile, but with a few additional features. However, the two are only sharing the same look and basic features as the company has made quite a few changes. First of all we're looking at a larger device, as the top comes off to reveal a SATA/USM (Universal Storage Module) connector which will accept either a 2.5-inch internal SATA hard drive or one of Seagate's GoFlex 2.5-inch hard drives. There's also a USB 2.0 port hidden in here somewhere.

pogoplug series 4 Pogoplug launches Series 4, ads USB 3.0 connectivity and USM

As with the Pogoplug Mobile the Series 4 sports Gigabit Ethernet and an SD card slot, but it also adds a pair of rear USB 3.0 ports for further storage expansion. We're not sure if the ARM processor inside the Series 4 has received an upgrade as well, but it's entirely possible that Pogoplug is using the same PLX NAS7820 SoC as it did in the Pogoplug Video, a product that is now discontinued and that sold for twice that of the Series 4, especially as this dual core ARM11 SoC (ARMv6 architecture) has a PCI Express interface which would allow it to connect to a USB 3.0 host controller. It's also entirely possible that we're looking at the same Marvell 88F6192 Kirkwood ARMv5 SoC as found in the Pogoplug Mobile, as this two has SATA and PCI Express support, although it's only a single core SoC.

pogoplug series 4 2 Pogoplug launches Series 4, ads USB 3.0 connectivity and USM

Pogoplug is making a big deal out of the fact that its products features infinite storage expansion, although this is only true in as far as you can plug in additional storage devices until you run out of ports. As with previous products, the Series 4 comes with 5GB of cloud storage, something that was announced last month by the company. We're not sure why you need to use another could service when the Pogoplug is meant to be a cloud storage device, but such is life and not all things make sense. In as much as we think the Pogoplug Series 4 is a neat device, especially as it allows you to stream media around your home or share it over the internet as well as use it as a simple NAS, we can't but wonder why anyone would be willing to spend US$99.95 (S$130) on one when you can pick up a two bay NAS for little more. The ability to share files might be better than with a basic NAS, but there's no data redundancy and we doubt the performance will be as good as that of even a cheap NAS.

Source: Pogoplug