Thecus N2310 NAS Server ReviewWesstron - February 27, 2014
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
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Thecus N2310 NAS Server Introduction:
The consumer's needs are changing at a fast rate and what seemed to be a wild dream in the past, is nowadays a reality taken for granted. In terms of storage, it seems that our expectations go beyond the amount of space available for our digital possessions and transcends into: we want it all, we want it now, and we want it pretty much everywhere. The available out-of-the-box technology such as cloud based services, fills that need to a certain extent; but some users still want more performance, control, and customization, which can be provided by a NAS server with the right features. It goes without saying that the price tag usually associated with a good NAS server can be quite daunting for the average user.
Today I will be looking at the new entry level NAS server from Thecus, code name N2310. This disk-less unit is built around an Advanced Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC), SoC clocked at 800MHz, and 512MB of DDR3 RAM. The N2310 has two bays that can accommodate 3.5" and 2.5" hard drives for up to 8 TB of storage. Retailing for an MSRP of $159, it brings an impressive feature set for great value. Powered by the new ThecusOS 6, the Thecus N2310 NAS Server promises unbeatable performance and extensive functionality.
Thecus, founded in 2004, is a Taiwan-based company with a presence in the USA, Netherlands, Germany, France, and China. Specialized in digital storage solution, Thecus is focused on quality, innovation, integration, and reliability. Let's check out the N2310 and see if it stands to the company's values.
Thecus N2310 NAS Server Closer Look:
The Thecus N2310 NAS Server comes in a relatively large and sturdy box, which has a minimal design. I personally like a clean looking packaging without much clutter and detail-overload. The front and the back panels are identical; the company name is located in the top left corner, with the "Creator in Storage" value proposition. The N2310 product name is proudly displayed on the left side with another value proposition, "Best-in-Class Value", which makes a clear statement about what market segment Thecus is targeting. Some key features are listed to highlight the N2310 five-minute complete installation, its unbeatable performance, the quick NAS access with the T-onTheGo app from Thecus, and the easy connection through DDNS. The rest of the panel is taken by a picture of the unit and another value proposition "intelligent NAS", which is faded to match the packaging art.
One side panel lists some of the hardware specifications of the N2310, the expected read/write performance, some of the applications supported, the package contents, and the supported languages. The other side panel has another value proposition "Protect Your Source Secure Your Data", and several icons illustrating some of the N2310 features such as mobile access, photo server, media streaming, cloud service backup, download server, and personal cloud.
Opening the box reveals the accessories bundle, which hides the actual unit beneath it. The Thecus N2310 NAS Server was packaged very well and protected with two thick foam inserts.
The accessories bundle consists of a power adapter, a power cord, an Ethernet cable, two bags of screws, an installation disk, and a warranty card. Also included, is a quick installation guide covering three basic steps leading to the online install process.
The Thecus N2310 NAS Server comes with a plastic enclosure, combining matte and glossy finishes. The unit has a pretty discrete look and does not look cheap or flimsy. The HDD trays are exposed and serve as extra ventilation for the unit. Along the right edge of the front panel are six activity lights for different functions and two buttons. From top to bottom we find a power LED, system status LED, HDD1 LED, HDD2 LED, LAN LED, USB LED, USB copy button, and power button. The lights are very bright and look cheap due to color bleeding. The back of the unit houses the exhaust fan, a USB 3 port, a USB 2 port, an Ethernet port, a DC in, a recessed reset button, and a Kensington lock. The bottom of the unit is equipped with rubber feet for stability and an air intake slot.