Thecus N2310 NAS Server ReviewWesstron - February 27, 2014
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Thecus N2310 NAS Server Conclusion:
The Thecus N2310 NAS Server is a budget oriented solution; just looking at the plastic construction will give it away - no fancy aluminium enclosure here. The build quality is however, pretty good, great value doesn't necessarily mean a cheap product, and Thecus somehow found a middle ground between cutting costs and delivering a good looking device. The two HDD trays are also made of hard plastic and seem to do a great job of securing the disks in place. The LEDs at the front are very bright and might become a distraction in a dark room.
In terms of connectivity, the Thecus N2310 NAS Server is equipped with a USB 3 port, a USB 2 port, and a gigabit Ethernet port. I was very pleased to see the USB 3 integration that will allow users to take advantage of better performing peripherals. Having at least one of the USB ports on the front of the device would've pleased me even more; but we can't have everything in life, can we?
Under the hood, we continue to see the budget oriented philosophy behind the N2310. The unit is equipped with an AMCC APM 86491 single-core processor clocked at 800 MHz coupled with 512 MB of DDR3 memory. Not much of a beast specs wise, but the Thecus N2310 NAS Server delivers what was promised and gets the job done very well. The unit's performance was excellent as far as a home/small office server is concerned. Copying files and other general computing operations were perfectly executed, the unit was very responsive, and I did not notice any lag or slowness. Media file streaming performance was outstanding across the board; be it over Ethernet or WiFi, I enjoyed watching some of my favorite high bitrate 1080p MKV videos without a hint of a problem when using the laptop or the HTPC.
The N2310 is running the latest operating system from Thecus, namely ThecusOS 6. The software is ambitious and offers an extensive list of features, although I felt that the whole experience wasn't as smooth as it could be. I like the clean interface and the icon-based navigation, but the software seems not fully mature overall. Some of the links available in the help section still refer to outdated guides and I was left to my own web-search skills to find the right document, if it existed at all.
The standard functions are obviously present, such as RAID management, backup utilities, user configuration, and shared folders creation. The N2310 offers several network services including Bonjour, FTP, WebDAV, and DDNS. The functionality of the Thecus N2310 NAS Server can be expanded even more by installing modules via the "NAS Application" feature, such as Plex media server, Transmission BitTorrent client, iTunes Server, and Piczza photo album service. Small portable devices were not neglected and companion apps can be installed on Android and iOS devices to take advantage of the Thecus N2310 NAS Server on the go, such as the Thecus proprietary T-OnTheGo and T-Dashboard apps, and other third party apps like Plex and ES File Manager.
Bottom line, Thecus brings to the table a great value, feature rich device geared towards the home and small office users. With an MSRP of $159, the N2310 is a gem that shines beyond its price bracket.
- Nice looks
- Good build quality
- Connectivity options
- Easy initial setup
- Rich feature set
- Flawless media playback
- Vibrations and noise (if you are sensitive)
- ThecusOS 6 not mature
- Help section needs updating
- Mobile app could use refinement