TechSpot: Thecus N3200XXX NAS Review

Just over four years ago, we reviewed our first Thecus product: a dual-bay NAS powered by an Intel IOP 80219 processor and 128MB of DDR RAM. Although we appreciated many aspects of the Y.E.S. Box, it wasn't without flaws. Its GUI was ugly and clumsy, its setup process was confusing, and performance left much to be desired.

Looking back at the review, it's incredible how far we've come in terms of cost and functionality in just a few years. While pricing on NAS devices hasn't changed much, virtually everything else has. In fact, 2TB 5400RPM desktop drives start at only $80, and today's budget NAS devices are considerably more powerful and functional.

The company has released countless new products and we have one onsite: the N3200XXX, another small office/home office NAS. The $430 device is part of Thecus' new XXX series, which supposedly delivers Xtreme power, Xtreme function, and Xtreme value. As cute as that may be, we're more interested in seeing how it stacks up to the competition.

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"Thecus added a single SO-DIMM slot occupied by a 1GB DDR2-800 (CL6) memory module."
Is this upgradable? Or does the motherboard not support anything more then this?

Less maintenance makes them ideal for business as they are self-managed and generally feature good software. That said you are right most home users just prefer to build their own file servers to save money - which is what I did

It still seems cheaper to me (other than power) to build a weak computer and use that as a server/nas. $430 just seems like way too much when you could build it yourself for less.

what said,
You can say that about any custom built rig vs a pre-built one. Some people just don't want the hassle.
This. And the software this thing comes with is customizable as you can make the setup as easy or advanced as you please. So for some this is just a much easier way to house your data.

este said,
This. And the software this thing comes with is customizable as you can make the setup as easy or advanced as you please. So for some this is just a much easier way to house your data.

Partially agreed, but FreeNAS and cheap drives would give you a hell of a lot more bang for your buck (NFS/ZFS)!