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In the modern home, a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device is essential. Smart TVs, tablets and ultra-portables all work best when paired with a common storage solution – the days of simply plugging in an external drive to your desktop are long gone. Today, we’re taking a look at the Thecus N2310, a two-bay NAS with an abundance of features.

Thecus is a relative newcomer having been founded in 2004, yet they’re already highly respected, designing custom hardware, software, and firmware for a range of NAS, DVR and DAS (direct-attached storage, or drive enclosures). I must admit, this is first time I’ve come across the Thecus brand.

This small office, home office (SOHO) two-bay N2310 NAS is available now for around $180 on Amazon, only slightly cheaper than the $200 Synology DS213j. I happen to own and in fact, reviewed the larger, four-bay DS413j Synology DiskStation DS413j NAS Review and Giveaway Synology DiskStation DS413j NAS Review and Giveaway To call the Synology DiskStation DS413j a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device is a degrading understatement - but yes, it serves files over the network. To say it has RAID functionality is also somewhat unfair... Read More  – so expect comparisons to be made in this review.

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Unboxing and Initial Impressions

The unit comes very neatly packaged, with a single accessories box housing the cables, power adapter, and a multitude of screws. Beneath that lies the well-padded main unit.

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Here’s everything you get:

  • 2-bay NAS unit
  • Pack of small and large screws
  • Driver CD and warranty card
  • 1 meter Ethernet CAT-5e cable
  • 12V 3.3A power adapter (with standard ‘kettle lead” IEC cable so you can use easily use in different countries with nasty plug adapters)

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For the purposes of review, we were supplied with two 2TB Seagate NAS drives – as the name suggest, specially designed for use in NAS devices.

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Why are these better than regular HDDs? Not all drives were designed to run continuously, and as you know, NAS devices are connected to a network and they’re always on for anyone to access. Regular hard drives run much hotter and result in more frequent drive failures. Therefore special “NAS” hard drives were introduced – they run cooler and use less power during standby. If you run a NAS and frequenly encounter drive failures, you should consider swapping out your drives for this $100 Seagate NAS or the similarly priced WD Red. Here’s what Seagate has to say about their drives:

  • Better error recovery controls to comply with NAS requirements for data integrity
  • Designed to minimise vibrations
  • Advanced power profiles for 24/7 NAS environment
  • Compatibility tested with all major NAS manufacturers

Note: the winner will receive only the NAS unit, and will need to supply their own drives.

The Thecus N2310 is incredibly lightweight – just under 800 grams without drives – due to its completely plastic shell. From a design perspective, I actually prefer this to the high-end white and grey Synology DSJ413j. However, I’m not a fan of the glossy fingerprint-loving, grease-attracting plastic shell that covers the top and sides of the N2310. Glossy plastic really ought to be phased out of everything.

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Setting Up

Fitting your drives is laughably simple, and can be done in around a minute per disk (watch the video for a demo). First, push up on the latch, then pull out the drive tray. The drive slots in neatly, with guide nubs on the bottom; then screw in the 4 support screws. Making sure the latch is still open, push the tray back in – the latch should naturally pull down, and you can snap it fully shut.

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Despite also being plastic, the drive trays don’t feel like they would break or snap easily – though obviously, changing drives in your NAS is something you’ll rarely do anyway.

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Things were a little more complex from this point on, since no instruction manual was included. I assume there’s one on the CD, but a printed quick start guide would certainly have been helpful. According to the manual, a quick installation guide should have been included in my package, so this may have been an anomaly – you can expect to find one if you purchase through a retail store. Thankfully, utilities and manuals were but a click away on the Thecus website.

After plugging in and powering on the device – a flurry of activity lights will be set in order – setup begins by entering the IP address into your browser. If you don’t know the IP address, the Intelligent NAS utility supplied (OS X and Windows) will let you know. I had no trouble locating the device from another computer connected over WiFi:

intelligent-NAS-utility

I should note at this point that it’s far from silent. Even when the cooling fans isn’t kicking in, it’s louder than my 27-inch iMac, though there are very little vibrations.

The device status was listed as creating RAID. Clicking next takes me to a choice of either automatic or manual RAID setup, though no advice is given as to what either means. Considering this is marketed as a budget device for home users, a little more explanation would be appreciated.

After selecting manual RAID out of curiosity, I was left waiting for 5 minutes while the device apparently installed RPMs – I assume this was actually unrelated to the RAID setup, and simply some initial core system software that needed to be installed regardless. Now would have been a great time to show me all the options for drive setup and explain them.

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Also – this is going to seem petty – but I really take issue with the progress bar, which after reaching completion, proceeded to go back to the start a few hundred times, presumably indicating progress for installing individual packages and not the entire process. From a user perspective, this is worthless. There isn’t even a counter like “Installing 56 of 230 packages”. You may as well remove all semblance of trying to show progress, and simply loop an endless Nyan-cat GIF Add Nyan Cat To Your Progress Bars, Because It's Awesome Add Nyan Cat To Your Progress Bars, Because It's Awesome Is your Windows progress bar stupid, green and boring? Make it 5011% more awesome: add the infamous Nyan cat to it, complete with the trademark music and rainbow. It's just a simple download away. There... Read More . Eventually I was brought into the browser interface and ready for the setup process.

After going through the process in “manual” mode, I’m not sure why there’s even a choice: this is a 2-disk system, so you either get RAID 0/JBOD (combine the two), or RAID 1 (one disk is redundant, a backup). A simple selection box for choosing between having data redundancy or not would suffice, and be far less intimidating that automatic/manual RAID choice.

The lack of user friendliness continues when adding a local user:

Password is limited to 4-16 characters and single byte.

I have no idea what being limited to a single byte even means, and I’m a pretty technical kind of person. Thecus would do well to hire some native English-speaking engineers if this is to be marketed worldwide as the interface is littered with terrible English.

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Finally, I was greeted with the Thecus OS, which begins quite bare with just icons for shared folder, RAID management, and a flashing OS and up arrow button in the top right which I assumed meant “upgrade available”.

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The diminutive icon in the top left of the main screen is actually where you’ll spend most of your time.

control-panel

It’ll take you two or three scrolls of the mouse wheel to access all of the icons there. Which is no surprise considering some of the icons reveal screens of information like this:

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The information density is just wrong. The general, status, and hardware information screens for instance, could easily be presented under a single icon, reducing clutter immensely – and that’s just a single example. Here’s another screenshot from the hardware overview screen, so packed full they even deemed it necessary to separate into tabs. Each tabs has one or two lines of information.

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As a web designer, the fact that they forgot to specify the font for numerous form elements in the interface just really annoys me.

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Creating a shared folder was pretty simple, but restricting access to it involves clicking on a tiny icon labelled ACL – again, not very beginner-oriented. I won’t even start on the indecipherable dialog box that this opens up.

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I hate to say this, but this is one of the worst designed interfaces I have ever come across – demonstrating a profound disregard for usability. I’d like to sit down with the team that designed it, and punch them. Never before have I actually had to look up instructions on how to do the most simple of tasks – and that’s indicative of a fundamentally broken interaction process. Considering that leading competitor Synology released version 5 of their already stunning DSM software last month, this kind of poor user interface just isn’t acceptable. Here for comparison sake is the Synology DSM OS:

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Connectivity

Around the back, you’ll find two USB sockets, one of which is USB 3.0, a rarity on networked devices. The Ethernet interface is also capable of gigabit speed if your home network and cabling can handle it.

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On the front are a set of diagnostic LEDs – power is blue, but others should be white most of the time – red on any of them indicates some form of error state.

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Apart from power, you’ll find a USB Copy button for one-click copying of data from the plugged in USB device to the NAS – an easy way to quickly backup data. In theory, at least. With a fresh DataTraveller USB 3.0 flash drive formatted as FAT32 (the most common format for cross-compatibility), I copied across a 600 megabyte test file from my Mac, plugged it into the back, and pressed the copy key. The white USB LED blinked for about 10 seconds, then stayed on, indicating the operation was done and files were copied. Checking on the NAS, I was left with an odd collection of folders, culminating in one inaccessible folder labelled “1”, along with a completely incorrect time and date stamp. Using the USB 2.0 port made no difference.

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I repeated the test with a USB 2.0 flash drive, formatted as FAT; same problem, though logs indicated the copying process was successful. A third test with a the LaCie rugged USB 3.0 external hard drive just left a “One touch copy fail” message in the logs.

Speed and Performance

Copying a single 600 megabytes file to the N2310 took around 15 seconds. For comparison, copying to my existing 4-bay Synology DS413j took around 9 seconds – not a significant difference, and remember that writing in parallel isn’t possible on a 2-drive setup since one entire drive is used for redundancy. In raw performance terms then, the N2310 is certainly up to par.

Features and Software

Plex: One of the most important applications to run on a home network is Plex, in my opinion, though it’s limited on these cheaper NAS devices since the ARM processor is unable to transcode media for mobile devices (my Synology device is the same). Installing and running Plex from the N2310 is simple. For reference, you’ll find you data folders on the /raid0 -> data mount point.

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Thecus Dashboard: Using the mobile dashboard requires installation of an additional application on your NAS (accessible from the NAS Applications icon, not the App Installation icon, obviously). Once connected, the app allows you to view the current resource usage, disable services, and change the password. Yup, that’s it. Oh, and a curiosity labelled “Bind iPhone to NAS” – your guess is as good as mine. Presumably the app is more useful if you have a suite of corporate grade NAS devices to manage, but it’s useless to a home user.

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T-OnTheGo: Their most recent offering in the mobile app space, T-OnTheGo aims to combine all of your cloud storage solutions and your Thecus NAS in a single app. You can copy files to and from the NAS, and upload photos directly (though not automatically).

Connecting your NAS to the app should be simple: if their Intelligent NAS utility can detect it over WiFi, this app should be able to as well. Unfortunately, you’re required to add a new WebDAV server with the IP and WebDAV port number of your NAS. Confused? Join the club. Thankfully, once you’ve done that (the default port is 9800, in case you’re trying to figure it out), viewing media – including the ability to show (some, not all) movies with subtitles – works great.

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However, it did crash a few times during testing, and the app interface is best described as basic: it gets the job done, but not in a particularly attractive manner.

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There’s also a Thecus Share app, though this appears to be a previous version of T-OnTheGo since it offers the a more limited set of features to play media (and also requires the installation of something called TwonkyMedia on the NAS, which isn’t installed by default).

Other Apps: Included is a “Data Burn” application, which allows you to burn data or ISOs stored on the NAS to CDs or DVDs, if you own a USB burner. Transmission torrent client is also there, but without support for connecting over a VPN, it simply isn’t worth the risk.

Should you buy the Thecus N2310 NAS?

On the hardware side, the Thecus N2310 itself is a sleek-looking NAS under $200. If you’re simply looking for a cheap networked storage with redundant drive, you can’t beat the Thecus N2310 on price. However, the setup process and the interface in general needs serious work, and that’s a polite way of putting it. When it stands against a device like the Synology DiskStation DS213j at just $30 more, there’s a world of difference.

MakeUseOf recommends: Spend $30 more to buy the Synology device, and you won’t regret it.

How do I win the Thecus N2310?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, May 9. The winner will be selected at random and informed via email. View the list of winners here.

The Winner

Congratulations, Robert Turton! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before May 22 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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  1. Morrison
    May 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Pro: Nice to see a home/SOHO NAS with redundnacy
    Con: From what I read - Intuitiveness.

  2. Dorothy H
    May 10, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Pro: lots of storrage
    Con: I have to set it up

  3. Daniel V
    May 10, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Good price, but lacks being real user friendly.

  4. Annamarie M
    May 9, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Pro: Cost/Price
    Con: Non-User Friendly Interface

  5. Rodel S. Mercurio
    May 9, 2014 at 3:08 am

    The thecus N2310 is a -->NAS perfectly suited to the home/SOHO user.
    -->Solid performer at a good price point.
    -->Works with any kind of system.
    -->Provide users with an efficient and affordable
    data storage solution.

    The following details and information of thecus N2310 is based on my making search in the website of thecus N2310

    "5 Minute Complete Installation"

    The N2310 NAS is designed with ease in mind and is simple enough for anyone to set up. Forget about the steps usually associated with getting a NAS running, with the N2310 simply plug in the power supply, insert the Ethernet cable, press the on button, and the setup will be finished in 5 minutes. This breakthrough feature truly makes this a plug-and-play NAS.

    "T-OnTheGo™ Mobile App"

    We’re a mobile society, and our NAS solutions are keeping up! Incorporated into the N2310 is support for Thecus’s® T-OnTheGo™ smartphone app. Now supporting both iOS and Android, this NAS management software enables users to access, copy, stream, and edit any data between their NAS and mobile device. Your own personal cloud, from anywhere with internet access.

    "DDNS"

    Have easy access to your N2310 NAS via Dynamic DNS (DDNS), this allows users to allocate and access their NAS files via the internet remotely. Since IP digits are often difficult to remember, domain names are utilized to make NAS management much more convenient. When the IP address is changed, the DDNS server will automatically adjust the IP address to make sure that remote access is always available. In short, DDNS provides convenient remote internet access to your Thecus® N2310 by utilizing domain names instead of IP digits.

    "PLEX Media Center"

    The Plex Media Server is both the heart and brains for any digital media system. The free server is a module available on the Thecus® App Center that allows you to set up and manage your media. With the Plex Media Server installed on your Thecus® NAS, various devices on your network (such as your Xbox 360 and mobile devices) can connect to and stream your local and online media.

    "Native BitTorrent Support"

    Included in ThecusOS™ 6 is Transmission, a powerful BitTorrent client. Easily add torrent seed files to Transmission and sit back and relax as your NAS does the rest, independent of your computer. Once downloaded, your files will be automatically stored in your NAS P2P folder where you’ll be able to access them across your network or through the internet. Set and forget torrenting that’s accessible anywhere, that’s the N2310’s native BitTorrent support.

    "Data Guard"

    Data Guard backup solution is the ultimate software as it provides both local and remote parts. Currently, data is backed up across RAID volumes, external USB drives, and eSATA. In addition, Data Guard uses innovative technology to sync data across the network to other NAS and servers. More importantly, Thecus® Data Guard is the total backup solution which makes managing the N2310 NAS user-friendly and convenient.

    "Data Burn"

    NAS data can now be burned directly to CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs with Data Burn, this hassle-free module makes burning data to a disk effortless. In addition, burning ISO image file is also supported. Whether you’re managing audio, media or essential files; Data Burn copies information fast while significantly reducing waiting time. The process of burning file to disk is now easy and smooth with Data Burn module.

    "USB 3.0 Connectivity "

    The next generation of connectivity is here with speeds 10x faster than USB 2.0. Whether connecting digital cameras and smart phones, backing up large external hard drives, or extending the capacity of your NAS, USB 3.0 will make sure it’s done in no time at up to 5 Gbit/s. Backwards compatibility adds the connectivity of a world full of USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices to get the best combination of speed and universal access.

    "User Quota"

    Divide the massive storage of a The N2310 NAS unit among multiple users. Whether there are two users or 100, user quotas make it easy to divvy up and manage disk space.

    PROS:
    -->Price
    -->Nice looks
    -->Good build quality
    -->Connectivity options
    -->Easy initial setup
    -->Rich feature set
    -->Flawless media playback
    CONS:
    -->Vibrations and noise (if you are sensitive)
    -->ThecusOS 6 not mature
    -->Help section needs updating
    -->Mobile app could use refinement

  6. Brian K
    May 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Pro: Affordable
    Con: only 2 bays

  7. peppe
    May 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Pro: Affordable
    Con: Interface

  8. Mustaghfirin
    May 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Pro: Affordable
    Con: Non-User Friendly Interface

  9. Ken P
    May 4, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    androidPro: Price
    Con: Non-User Friendly Interface

  10. Carol Oddy
    May 4, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    For my own use this hardware device would work, have to supply your own drives is a bit of a bummer.

  11. Carol Oddy
    May 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Pro- more storage on my hard-drive.
    Con- need to buy an extra program and the interface.

  12. Victoria Ess
    May 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Pro: It's a great price and easy to set up!
    Con: It's a bit on the noisy side.

  13. Gaurav B
    May 4, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Pro: price
    Con: setup

  14. Jasmin
    May 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Pro: Connectivity/Seems durable too.
    Con: Interface kinda complicated.

  15. Lloyd V
    May 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Pro: Price
    Con: Ease of use

  16. Gheorghe T
    May 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

    pro: the price
    con: the interface

  17. Peter H
    May 3, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Pro - Lots of storage for my media.
    Con - Will be short on this month's rent.

  18. Ghelo M
    May 3, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Pro: Affordable
    Con: Non-User Friendly Interface

  19. Marko G
    May 2, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Pro: Cost.
    Con: Interface.

  20. isterico89
    May 2, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Pro: easy hardware setup.
    Con: unfriendly software configuration.

  21. Gherghina
    May 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Pro-functionality
    Cons-Although it is among the cheapest, has not a very good price/performance ratio.

  22. Radite P
    May 2, 2014 at 5:25 am

    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.

    Pro:
    - Price
    - Nice looks
    - Good build quality
    - Connectivity options
    - Easy initial setup
    - Rich feature set
    - Flawless media playback

    Con:
    - Vibrations and noise (if you are sensitive)
    - ThecusOS 6 not mature
    - Help section needs updating
    - Mobile app could use refinement

  23. John P
    May 2, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Pro: Have everything backed up and/or lots of space for storage
    Con: Everything is backed up and/or stored locally (not off-site in case of an emergency)
    or... noise.

  24. Adrian
    May 1, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Pro: It gets the job done.
    Con:Not very easy to set up

  25. D-J Russell
    May 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Pro: Cost.
    Con: Interface.

  26. Jacques P
    May 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    PRO: PRICE, use of usb3.0, software
    CON: Noise!!!!

  27. Philip Austin
    May 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Pro - The Storage Is Super -

    Cons - I Dot Have One Yet

  28. El C
    May 1, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Will be nice to have a NAS as opposed to a full PC acting as a file server. But for some, an external USB drive hooked up to a router (that has that feature, eg, Netgear WNDR3800) might be sufficient.

  29. Aadarsh Jung Thapa
    April 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    pro: definately gots the storage i need

    con: not owning it

  30. Paul Y
    April 30, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Pro: Basic functionality
    Con: The NAS that the reviewer mentioned being a better buy for an additional $30 was not up for review and giveaway as well....

  31. Jitendra Adhikari
    April 30, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Pro: I really need one.
    Cons: none!

  32. Sergey
    April 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Pro: Easy Setup and price
    Con: The interface is too complicated

  33. Joseph F
    April 30, 2014 at 6:15 am

    PRO: cost,usb3.0,software
    CON: the software isnt the greatest

  34. Abdelrahman El-Feky
    April 29, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Pro: Share and backup files easily
    Cons: The constant noise.

  35. jlp
    April 29, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Con: Manageability vs. the cost. Needs simpler interface.

  36. Tehuel T
    April 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Pro: Share and backup files easily
    Cons: The constant noise, and maybe the interface.

  37. David S
    April 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Pro: looks easy to setup, Plex runs on it too
    Cons: plastic case, would be nice if it came with at least one 2 TB NAS HDD already.

  38. William Gailey
    April 29, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Pro's: Its a new NAS device!, It has USB 3.0! It includes an SMB server! It didnt mention if it had a GBic but if so another pro! It is the only NAS device I have seen that will server as a fully functional upgrade for my linksys N200 with a custom firmware that I've filled in a raid 1 array that is also running SMB and FTP servers for my soho network.

  39. Gregory B
    April 29, 2014 at 2:57 am

    more storage
    Not as good as competitors

  40. professandobey
    April 29, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Pro: Price
    Con: Usability

  41. Yunior Ferandez
    April 28, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Pro- Storage capability, USB 3.0, Gigabit internet port
    Cons- the software isnt the greatest

  42. alsam
    April 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Pro: storage capacity and gigabit interface
    con: software platform

  43. suman
    April 28, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    pros- cost, usb3 port
    cons-not so user-friendly interface, hard drive noise.

  44. Bill Higgins
    April 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    The price is nice, but the clunky interface is most certainly a CON.

  45. Filip V
    April 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    PROS: RAID1
    Con: Cost

  46. filip maria
    April 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Pros: Cost
    Con: OS

  47. Nicholas T
    April 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    pro- more storage space
    con-another power sucker on my electrical bill

    good video guys

  48. Cora R
    April 28, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Pro: storage
    Con: noisy

  49. Dnyanesh M
    April 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Pros: Cost
    Cons: 2-Bay

  50. Paul Graziano
    April 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    PROS: RAID1 and Gigabit
    CON: Poor UI

  51. Dubravka B
    April 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Pro- Usability
    Con – hard setup

  52. Alex
    April 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Pros - cost and secrity
    Con - not so good software

  53. Jo-Anne Pfoh
    April 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Well the cost is a pro and a con there are several most prominent being the unreliable software and crashes

  54. Alfred Chan
    April 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Pro: Cost
    Con: OS and difficult to setup

  55. Jan H
    April 27, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Hope it's my turn to win this time, dont like my nas a Netgear Stora. I much more like the Thecus N2310, Network storage, so please.......

  56. Sam K
    April 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Pro- Usability
    Con-Price, setup

  57. Kathryn
    April 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Pro – cost
    Con – hard setup

  58. Jono M
    April 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    pro good price
    con $100 is still more than i want to spend on a second device with terrible interface

  59. Beh H
    April 25, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Pros: Cost
    Cons: Design

  60. zaid merchant
    April 25, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Pro: its updated
    Con: not a synology

  61. Jack
    April 25, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Pro - cost
    Con - hard setup

  62. Michael P
    April 25, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Pro, Its FREE! Wooooohoooo, Con, Software sounds like a PITA!

  63. John D
    April 25, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I would like to give it a spin

  64. Vic L
    April 25, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Pro: Nice price
    Con: Difficult to setup

  65. Kyle
    April 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Pro: Cost
    Con: Software

  66. Rick
    April 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Pro - Cost
    Con - OS

  67. Sai
    April 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Pro- useful
    cons- costly, lack of finish

  68. paulie
    April 24, 2014 at 10:05 am

    same as other people Pro-Cost Con-Software

  69. Adly Asraf
    April 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

    It easy to set up and cost is affordable to me but it is kinda new to me.

  70. Timothy C
    April 24, 2014 at 5:26 am

    pro: its a nas. i dont have a nas. would be good for streaming my media library to my phone without having to copy stuff to sd card

    con: apparently its hard to set up

  71. Kadek S
    April 24, 2014 at 3:03 am

    kind of new to me, want to give it a try...

  72. JeffC
    April 24, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Pro: good price
    Con: Software configuration complicated

  73. Bogdan Duman
    April 24, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Pro-Cost
    Con-Software

  74. Thomas Stachelski
    April 24, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Pro: easy setup
    con: difficult to configure for the non technical

  75. Marko
    April 24, 2014 at 12:09 am

    nice thing to have, but I don't think I would buy it

  76. Marcelo
    April 23, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Looks good. Quite cheap, but a bit big.

  77. Michael B
    April 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    It can be useful. Pro is it's cheap. Con is it's lack of features and finish.

  78. Angela in AR
    April 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Pro: Cost
    Con: Software

  79. Todd G
    April 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Sounds like a great thing to have to me.

  80. darren
    April 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Looks like a really nice nas. Only wish it was a synology

  81. paul
    April 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    software not ready.

  82. James
    April 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Pro - Capable NAS
    Con - May not be easy for a Lay Person to use

  83. Vc N
    April 23, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    The general consensus seems to be that while it's a decent device, the Synology NAS units are better.

  84. Igor S
    April 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    PRO: store all my personal data
    CON: the user interface

  85. Prabhdeep S
    April 23, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Pro- Obviously easy and efficient Backup of data
    Con- Only 2 drive spaces and no expansion ability!!!

  86. Todd H
    April 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Pro: Cheap NAS. Should be perfect for a beginning setup
    Con: Not a very friendly UI. IT Newbies may want to steer away.

  87. Ben B
    April 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Pro: Ill have a place I can access from any device anywhere all of my media
    Con: I'm going to want to buy even more films and movies to fill her up :-P

  88. Francesco Fiorino
    April 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    PRO: store all my personal data
    CON: the user interface

  89. Dennis Dubs
    April 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Cost is a plus but interface could be a problem

  90. Nitin Hassija
    April 23, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Pro: Easy setup.
    Con: A bit disappointed with the UI.

  91. DanQ
    April 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Pro: Cloud services without having to trust a vendor to treat my data properly

    Con: There are some performances issues, but nothing I can't live with.

  92. MikeB
    April 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Low power consumption.
    No user friendly interface.

  93. BrianP
    April 23, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Good tohave USB 3 but the interface looks like crap

  94. Don
    April 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Setup might be a pain, but you should only have to do it once, so I'd be more concerned about power usage and other cost-of-use/ownership issues.

  95. T Voss
    April 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    This looks like a really user-friendly unit for the most part. A Pro would be that I would have network storage, and I could RAID the drives for redundancy. Con would be having to purchase the drives, but no biggie.

  96. Jon Heil
    April 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Pro Supports USB3
    Cons UI seems older style and not as speedy

  97. Wei Lian L
    April 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Pro: exchangeable storage
    Con: might be difficult for some to set-up

  98. Mai Tran
    April 23, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    PRO: Updated NAS to replace my old one
    CON: no widget support

  99. Nabil Z
    April 23, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Pro: none
    Con: setup seems to be a total headache

  100. sun
    April 23, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Pro - cheap
    Con - set up is difficult

  101. Prabhath Kaushalya
    April 23, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Pro: Raid setup & USB 3.0
    Con: UI

  102. moorandro
    April 23, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Pro: USB 3.0 support
    Con: UI seems different...

  103. Antonio Iacobone
    April 23, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Pro: USB 3.0 support
    Con: Bad interface

  104. Jan F
    April 23, 2014 at 8:17 am

    As far as I know the Thecus RAID is actually a generic hardware/firmware and I'm quite disappointed to see the interface hasn't changed much from a 2009 model.

    http://cl.ly/image/0c1H181I3O0q
    http://cl.ly/image/1N3A2l0q2F1M

  105. Sam N
    April 23, 2014 at 7:28 am

    PRO : Low Voltage Usage, save the earth and more storage, sleek design.
    CON : Price and Sadly i can't find any official Thecus product here in Indonesia, there's a big market here Thecus :)

  106. Aj
    April 23, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Pros: USB Support looks good
    Cons: UI seems not up to the standard

  107. Bjørnar B
    April 23, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Pro: more storage
    Cons: i dont own it

  108. DAN J
    April 23, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Pro: Raid setup & USB 3.0
    Con: UI

  109. Robert Tunnah
    April 23, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Has to be better than the one I don't have right now!

  110. Ismail
    April 23, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Pro: USB Support
    Con: Low Memory

  111. Ari T
    April 23, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Seems like they put a good effort into designing the hardware and little effort into the software

  112. Amith KK
    April 23, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Pros: USB suppoet
    Cons: Not so good UI

  113. Jarvis J
    April 23, 2014 at 4:53 am

    it would be nice if it can support android devices to access files

  114. Junil M
    April 23, 2014 at 4:19 am

    looks great but the setup seems to be unintuitive

  115. Aaron
    April 23, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Looks cool to replace my aging Mediasmart server. Pro: Backups are important. Con: slower than the competition

  116. Loren S
    April 23, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Pro: USB, Multi-bay NAS
    Con: Software appears clunky

  117. John W
    April 23, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Cheap back-up device but the set-up process seems a bit complex.

  118. Ron L
    April 23, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Pro: it's on the low end of cost for storage
    Con: operating and setup software needs to be easier to understand.

  119. Joe
    April 23, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Pro: more storage
    Con: more storage for digital hoarding

  120. Toby
    April 23, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Pro - Handy storage for my family photo's
    Con - sounds like the quick transfer could be an issue.

  121. doe smith
    April 23, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Pro: Price
    Con: Software.

  122. Catherine M
    April 23, 2014 at 1:16 am

    pro: free
    con: setup complicated
    con: pricey

  123. Matt M
    April 23, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Pro: It's a NAS.. who wouldn't want a NAS?
    Con: ARM processor. Would be nice to run it as a media server and be able to properly stream media to mobile devices.

  124. Mcoi A
    April 23, 2014 at 12:25 am

    on the pro side, it's cheap. however, user friendliness would bother me when it comes to configuring the device.

  125. Dave W
    April 23, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Ok. Pro - cheap, con - setup process, interface & app crashes.

  126. Dee Martin
    April 23, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Pro - free and free storage is always good. Con - if YOU had trouble setting it up I will be needing to refer back to this article frequently for help!

  127. Bienvenido C. Masaluñga Jr.
    April 23, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Pro : Easy Setup (Thank's for this review) . Must have one for storage.
    Con: Software, Interface, Memory Loss.

  128. robert
    April 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    pro: more storage con intersystem outdated

  129. Stephen
    April 22, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Not one of the top NAS drives out there, but not a bad one to have.

  130. ira
    April 22, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Pro: Cool design for a NAS
    Con: Interface seems outdated

  131. Ed
    April 22, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Pro: Network storage with redundancy.
    Con: Software.

  132. Laura C
    April 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    pro - I would have more storage - con - larger than a quarter

  133. Andrew
    April 22, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Pro: Having local network storage would be useful.
    Con: Their software clearly needs more work.

  134. Julian
    April 22, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Not terribly familiar with competition but I will take your word for it that it would be worth it to spend more on something better making the "pro" of low cost a non-factor.

  135. Howard B
    April 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    "...writing in parallel isn’t possible on a 2-drive setup since one entire drive is used for redundancy." IIRC, a decent RAID 0 setup will write alternate blocks to either disk, then sync them to the other drive in the background (after the file is written and other read/write requests are completed), speeding up writes by 100%. If not, the controller software is pretty badly written.

  136. Howard B
    April 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Pros and cons?
    Pro: Better than the shared USB drive I'm currently using, especially since I can add RAID 0 with it, and I can move my Plex server to it.
    Cons: Loud, not as good as a Synology.

  137. Howard B
    April 22, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    "I have no idea what being limited to a single byte even means, and I’m a pretty technical kind of person." This probably mean it doesn't support Unicode (dual-byte, or 0-65535, character codes).

  138. Keith W
    April 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Pro: I don't have an NAS system
    Con: I'm not sure I need an NAS system

  139. Dan D
    April 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Very cool. Easy to use and setup but it has user interface that is lacking.

  140. Paul W
    April 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Pro: It would be my first NAS
    Con: App interface is basic

  141. Matthew W
    April 22, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Pro: Redundant backup
    Con: Poor GUI

  142. Anne
    April 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    pro: extra storage
    con: would need my grandchildren to help me set it up!

  143. Jimmy
    April 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Looks like an interesting little backup device. Pro: Price looks good. Con: Interface looks bad!

  144. Bogdan
    April 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    That's awesome!!!

  145. Va D
    April 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Sounds interesting. It gives you a reliable way to store data and has alternative features to backup data but it's not very user friendly or intuitive.

  146. Florentin
    April 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Is a good option for entry level, I appreciate the conectivity.

  147. Loenja S
    April 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    pro: more power efficient way of housing my extra harddrives.
    con: no vpn support

  148. AJ Liggins
    April 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    more techy stuff!

  149. deepak
    April 22, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    pro: don't have a NAS yet
    con: learning curve compared to other NAS

  150. Kieron Q
    April 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Pro: Don't already have anything of this kind
    Con: Would probably wipe out our current router. Still, an excuse to buy a new one

  151. Kiril Golov
    April 22, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Pro: I think it is really useful to own such a device. I have always wanted to own a NAS, and now seems to be a great moment for this new piece of technology. And as well as useful, it is also really necessary. With good local network, it will be even better.
    Con: Price. It always pops up everywhere, usually driving people away from any new and not so cheap piece of good technology.

  152. Al C
    April 22, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Pro: Useful standalone NAS for vital backup
    Cons: Setup/interface issues

  153. Domniki Sarri
    April 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Pro:extra storage
    Con: the price

  154. Domniki
    April 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Pro: extra storage!
    Con: the price of course!

  155. Krzysztof K
    April 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Pro - sharing files on the network
    Con - only $30 more you've got Synology

  156. Marijan
    April 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Pro Extra storage is allways needed .
    Con Price ?

  157. Jelly
    April 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Pro: I could finally get my media off of my laptop.
    Con: I can't really think of one, looks like it might be a bit of a pain to keep running, but it can't be more of a pain than trying to run Plex off a 4-year-old laptop.

  158. Alan Andrew Parker
    April 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Pro: Easy hardware setup.
    Con: Obtuse, unfriendly software configuration

  159. Derek Sass
    April 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Pro: Great for home sharing
    Con: The app interface is best described as basic

  160. Catherine R
    April 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Pro-much needed extra storage
    Con-- the price

  161. Peter T
    April 22, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I would love to have a NAS. Pro - looks fairly easy to set up. Con - sounds like the interface could use some work.

  162. Dtt
    April 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    This would be great as a backup for our server and an extension of our server capacity.

  163. Tyler
    April 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    It seems pretty awesome. Data Burn sounds pretty cool.

  164. Endracion
    April 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Looks like the setup is too much of a pain - the process would need to improve before it's worth it. On the flipside - it's cheap!

  165. Jonathan S
    April 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    It's a simple and cheap NAS but it's too immature.

  166. Daniel T
    April 22, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I love it.
    Pro - A nice backup device
    Cons - None

  167. Don S
    April 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Pro: Any NAS would be better than none (which is what I have now)
    Con: Configuration issues

  168. Terry M
    April 22, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Pro: I'd like to be able to have some extra storage for the family to access
    Con: Price

  169. Nathan W
    April 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Pro: I can set up a whole home media storage device, my kid has a lot of music and pictures that needs a central storage facility.

    Cons: How I will need to replace it one of these days if it breaks down.

  170. Neil John O
    April 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Pro: It could be easy to set up the hardware
    Con: Based on the review I might get trouble setting it up in software side

  171. Lori B
    April 22, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Pro a great back up
    con a little expensive

  172. Rafael B
    April 22, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Pro: Reliable and good quality (brand)
    Con: Usually too expensive to buy as a student.

  173. Nicolas D
    April 22, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Now I use my Raspberry Pi as a NAS. Could definitely use a real NAS for a change, downside is that it is rather expensive (compared to Raspberry Pi combo)

  174. Alexey Petrov
    April 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    PRO: Sharing my LAN
    CON : Design

  175. Mihir C
    April 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Pro: Great in sharing stuff on LAN
    Conh: Complex configuration

  176. Vladislav G
    April 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Pro: Share my stuff on home network.
    Con: Unfriendly software configuration.

  177. ?????? ?
    April 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Pro – backup of my important documents
    Con – Another thing that can die unexpectedly

  178. Victor O
    April 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    pro :- one touch copy feature ( hoping it to work well)
    con :- design interface is not good.

  179. Antonio R
    April 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I thinks it's a nice device. Pro: I have no NAS right now; Con: Sinology is more attractive to me

  180. Eric R
    April 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Pro - backup of my important documents
    Con - Another thing that can die unexpectedly

  181. Sean M
    April 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Pro - redundant drive NAS
    Con - apparently the interface could use some work

  182. Nikhil N
    April 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    pro :- one touch copy feature ( hoping it to work well)
    con :- design interface is not good.

  183. Dany B
    April 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Pro ---> I can use it to share stuff on my home network.
    Con ---> Not enought disk capacity to do good raids.

  184. Frank Walker
    April 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Pro - I can share my stuff in LAN
    Con - Everyone can get to my stuff on LAN
    Seriously though, only a Pro - sharing is a good thing

  185. Tomas P
    April 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Pro - does the basic stuff
    Con - unstable extras

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