Thecus N2310 Giveaway [Updated with winner]

We recently reviewed the Thecus N2310 two-bay NAS device and while we weren't blown away by the features, it's a great centralized storage device for home users. The interface needs some work, but luckily all of the issues we identified were software related and are thus easily fixable. Thecus has graciously allowed us to give away the N2310 to one of our lucky readers.

As always, entering is easy. To enter you’ll have to use the Rafflecopter widget below. Again, we know many people aren’t exactly keen on social media but it's how we pay the bills so we have to play the game. Each of the entry methods is optional, but all of them are easy to do.

  • Like either (or both) Thecus and Neowin on Facebook (this is self-explanatory).
  • Follow @Neowinfeed on Twitter so that you always have up-to-date Neowin information. Make sure you enter your Twitter username so we know who you are.
  • Tweet about the giveaway ( daily! ). This one is a little confusing, but you have to select the option and then click the "Tweet" button that appears. That will bring up a string that needs to be tweeted. Tweet that, then follow the steps shown to get the link to your tweet for confirmation. Clicking the "how do I find it" link gives instructions.
  • For those who hate social media, you can make a comment below and that counts as an entry.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

We'll be selecting a winner on Saturday, May 10th. Good luck to everyone who enters!

UPDATE: Congrats to Neowin reader blaktron for winning the giveaway! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more giveaways by your favorite technology website!

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Yeah, I'm sure many here feel the same way that the member should be active for at least a year before being able to enter into these sort of contests. Neowins idea of it is likely to push new people to join to stick around and I get that but lets have some for those that are more active and been here a while.

sava700 said,
Yeah, I'm sure many here feel the same way that the member should be active for at least a year before being able to enter into these sort of contests. Neowins idea of it is likely to push new people to join to stick around and I get that but lets have some for those that are more active and been here a while.

Look at it this way -- at least he didn't just register to enter this contest, and at least he DOES read Neowin. The winner could've just been somebody who tweeted it or liked it on FB.

But I do take these comments into account, which is why I did the earlier giveaway for the extended Galaxy S3 battery and made it for Neowin folks only. http://www.neowin.net/news/giv...-galaxy-s3-extended-battery

It's a tough balance between respecting the current readers (which we do, a lot!!!), bringing in new readers, and making Neowin more attractive overall to companies who want to give us more products to review/giveaway. It's a fine line, but hopefully most of you think we're doing an ok job. Feel free to message me if anyone has any suggestions! :)

So the member who won just register in 28 of March 2014 and has 2 posts...

congrats for him, of course, but since the competition was for everyone this sort of situations could (and did) happen. It's kind of unfair for the active members but it's the nature of this competition, since it's open for everyone.

spikey_richie said,
Grats to the winner, shame they're not an active member :/

Should always be a post requirement for something like this IMHO. The guy who won will never come back and participate again.

xendrome said,

Should always be a post requirement for something like this IMHO. The guy who won will never come back and participate again.

Don't understand how this isn't in force already. We shouldn't be letting 1-2 post wonders able to enter something like this.

I've tried Thecus products in a commercial environment a few years ago. A very common firmware problem with them is that if more than one file is accessed at the same time, the whole unit will crash, forcing a mandatory restart of the whole unit.

This, when combined with a surprisingly poor transfer speed (even when the drives are striped!) means that I will NEVER touch a Thecus product again...even for home use.

So, no, you can't give me one of these pieces of crap because I won't even sell the freebie to some poor, unsuspecting sucker.

excalpius said,
I've tried Thecus products in a commercial environment a few years ago. A very common firmware problem with them is that if more than one file is accessed at the same time, the whole unit will crash, forcing a mandatory restart of the whole unit.

This, when combined with a surprisingly poor transfer speed (even when the drives are striped!) means that I will NEVER touch a Thecus product again...even for home use.

So, no, you can't give me one of these pieces of crap because I won't even sell the freebie to some poor, unsuspecting sucker.


Products don't improve over a "few years?" And an enterprise environment is much different than a home one. I never had the device crash during my review, although it did really bog down with over three connections -- a byproduct of the 800MHz CPU, I suspect.

I'd be willing to bet that the very same "interface bugs" that the reviewer mentions (but doesn't detail) are the same ones I experienced from a few years ago. :p

Either way, their product was never reliable and their support for customers was nonexistent.

I hope that all of this has improved, but my experience is that they spend a lot of money on hardware product refreshes, and next to nothing on the software needed to run them.

I'm glad it didn't crash and reboot on you when it got bogged down. That was particularly annoying. Slowdown a bit...fine. Crash and reboot...deal breaker. :)

I won't be selfish I will give it to my friend who really needs a NAS ans has been putting it off for a year now...

In my case, it would function as a NAS (my router HAS a USB port for exactly this use, so it would be "hang and relax" storage).

I never win any bubble gum on Neowin. Let me win this one, guys. Enlist me for this prize :) But not going to join any social media, neither Twitter nor Facebook. :)

I would definitely be using this for both backup and expansion of my media. I have a lot of Blu-Ray movies that I would love to get on my media server :D.

I would use the N2310 for storage / personal cloud. Very often I need files when I am at work, this could be of real help. Also some of my work needs to be shared so my colleagues would be really thankful for easy access.

Like Thecus Facebook >>> Done..
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I would replace my current storage server which is composed from a pretty old PC system i made with spare parts. It's inefficient and loud and slow now :)

Awesome news! It looks really nice. If I win, I will use it as my multimedia network hub. I do not own one, but I am definitely looking for this setup at my place.

I have a Desktop File Server running 24/7/365 at my home.
It's configured to wake from sleep every-time a packet reaches it's LAN card.
While at sleep most of the time, my electric bill does suffer a penalty from it.
In the past I have almost bought a NAS, but they were still a external device in it's infancy.
Now is a good time to move on to a NAS and get more space available in my house, one less monitor, keyboard, mouse and tower and most importantly help me reduce my power bill.
So count me in for sure :)

Count me in, too! Would make a great centralized storage device for my two desktops and netbook for backup purposes and as a media server.

I would use this for my movies I view via WMC on my HTPC & Xbox extenders; and also for Plex via my Chromecast. Nice giveaway, thanks! :)

blaktron said,
I would use it to reduce the power footprint of my home storage environment.

Congrats on winning the NAS device!!!

I'll be using it to compare against my Synology DS213+, then give to my sister to store her important files on.

Would be sweet to augment my Fileserver, and more portable if I want to take some movies to a friends house :)

I'll use it to back up all my computers in the house, and have them all sync with my awesome Surface Tablet; I love downloading, work and create contents on my Pc's; also this will perfectly fit in with me while I'm studying in college Communications and Video Edition, Dear Neowin, I know this will help me a lot, So please I would love to win one of this because it's the perfect solution to my issues of space storage. Thanks!!

I would love to use it to make some kind of personal cloud service for me, and if I'm ambitious enough, for my friends and coworkers.

If I had this beauty in my life I could easily did myself of all my physical media without any repercussion of loss.

Cool stuff :) I have 3 hard disks which are extremely noisy when inside my desktop chassis, so I removed them and put them on a shelf... and use them occasionally for backup. Wouldn't it be cool to have access to them all the time and from more devices than just my desktop PC? Of course it would :)