Pogoplug NAS Device Review

Design & Build Quality

The Pogoplug measures 4x2.5x2-inches and comes in a mostly plain-white chassis. The top of the unit includes two LED status lights. One shows the device's status and the other indicates if there is a message waiting (such as a new firmware update being available). Our unit came with a glued-on logo badge on its top, but earlier models lacked this design. Our unit also included a removable sticker with instructions on how to activate the device, by visiting a specific Website and entering a lengthy identifier code. Lucky for us, however, due to a recent firmware update, activating the Pogolug was a much easier process--the Pogoplug can now be auto-identified during activation (although, if for some reason the Pogoplug is not automatically identified, you will then need to type in the 26-character code).


In the time that we used the Pogoplug, we encountered no less than two different firmware updates, which offered additional features and better performance. This should act as a testament to the Pogoplug's continued development and refinements. In fact, CloudEngines proudly claims:

"Pogoplug is getting even better all the time. Our system is expandable over the Web. Soon, your Pogoplug can connect directly to popular sites such as backup, file synchronization, photo printing and more."


While the Pogoplug can plug directly into an AC outlet, this is not your only option. The AC plug slides out and you can instead use the bundled AC cord. The only ports on the device are a single USB 2.0 port and a Gigabit Ethernet port--both sitting next each other on the bottom of the unit. The Pogoplug is a sealed device and is not meant to be user serviceable.

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