ASUSTOR AS1002T Review – Packaging and Bundle
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ASUSTOR AS1002T Review – Setup and Software
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Key to the NAS operating system is the App Central. It allows us to add all the great extra functionality we need to the device. Key functionality includes:
OneDrive and Google Drive Support
UPnP Media Server
and Download Manager (Torrent and Nzb downloads supported).
Speaking of the Download Manager, Asustor also provide a few desktop apps including one for Download Manager so that we can use this feature without logging into the server in our browser. It is also possible to configure our PC’s OS to allow us to send files directly to the NAS rather than download to PC and copy to NAS manually.
ASUSTOR AS1002T Review – Conclusion
Starting with the build quality and design of the AS1002T we have a NAS which gets all the basics right. Matt finish, rather than glossy…so not a dust and fingerprint magnet. Stylish but discrete design, minimal LEDs, front USB 3.0 port and well positioned IR receiver get us off to a good start. We find the location of the power button a bit odd, the front would be better but it is a minor issue. On the back the 2nd USB 3.0 allows us to connect devices that will stay connected for a while and GB LAN is there as expected. It could be argued that a HDMI out would be useful, however for the target price point its absence is understandable.
Setup is super simple, unscrew the thumb screws on the back slot in the drive(s) and screw them in (no tools required). Close it up, connect and power on. Within a few minutes we are up and running with the latest OS. We had no setup issues and all of the drives and devices we tried worked without problem too. Asustor do list compatible devices where appropriate so that will keep consumers right and from there we can configure the NAS however we want.
Our only issue with adding apps/functionality is that we are forced to have an Asustor account to start the downloads from App Central. Other than that its essentially a 1-click process to get the app downloaded and installed. The options in App Central are huge and all the key functionality we would expect from a NAS is present. File sharing, downloads, media, printing, mail… the list goes on and on.
Performance is also a highlight of he AS1002T, from the 100MB/s + drive performance to USB peaking over that level too. Standard OS use is responsive and we noted no significant lag when the NAS was performing tasks such as app updates in the background.
So given all of the above, it should come as no surprise that with an RRP of £160/$199 and the performance and functionality listed above that the AS1002T wins our value award.