After I halfways bricked my ReadyNAS NV (won’t tell) and needed a replacement unit for backup quickly, Netgear was nice enough to provide me with a spare unit they got returned from evaluation lease. I was warned about the shape of the unit in advance but I have to admit that I’ve never seen something like this before:
As you can see, the front door is broken off, the drive bays have to have been hammered in (I needed a little crowbar to pull the one in slot one out again). Also half of the screws were missing from the chassis, the sides were dented and scratched and to top it all off the inner steel framework was bent so that the whole thing won’t get all four rubber feets on the ground when placed on a flat surface.
Hell, what kind of eval was that? How the ReadyNAS would make for a replacement football? Considering the shape and the fact that the hard drives were missing, the first thing I checked was whether the RAM was still present. Â It was. So I plugged in the power and network cords, put some hard drives in the bays, pressed the power button and … hooray … the beaten up ReadyNAS NV+ still works. I’ll have to upgrade it to the latest firmware release before I can start the backup. That’s probably a good way to determine whether there are other, invisible damages to the product.
It’s really sad to see how some folks handle products they get as free evaluation units. Just the fact that you get them for free doesn’t mean that they don’t have any value. Now I understand a lot better why companies are getting more and more reluctant to provide eval units to editorial staff and freelancers.