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ASUSTOR AS1002T Review

ASUSTOR AS1002T Review

Designed to be an affordable, silent and compact NAS with features that will appeal to a wide audience the latest storage device from ASUSTOR is on our test bench today. Welcome to our ASUSTOR AS1002T Review.

ASUSTOR AS1002T Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The AS1002T arrives in a box which gives us a nice clear image of the NAS along with a good list of key features. Inside the NAS is wrapped in plastic and suspended in foam to ensure it arrives in good condition. The bundled items are in a box off to the side and include software disc, product guide, screws, network cable and 60w mains adapter/plug.

ASUSTOR AS1002T Review – The NAS

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The AS1002T usus a matt plastic chassis with a patterned front surface which includes the company branding. Down the left side are our status LEDs, IR receiver and USB 3.0 port. All sides of the NAS are blank and overall it measures 165x102x218mm, weighing  .99Kg.

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Flipping the system over we see that the base is metal and has four rubber feet along with a vent. On the back is our 70mm cooling fan exhaust, power button, GB LAN and USB 3.0 port (Wifi dongle, USB storage, USB DAC, Disc drive and Printer compatible). A lock slot is also present and there are two thumb screws which, when removed, allow the system to slide open and reveal the drive bays.

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Once opened we find two drive bays which can accept 3.5″ or 2.5″ models. 8TB models are supported as is RAID. As far as the key specifications go, we have a Marvell ARMADA-385 1GHz dual core CPU (with hardware encryption engine) and 512MB of memory. The power draw is rated at 13.2w in operation (6.6w idle) with a noise level reaching 32dB at most (normal operation, 18.6dB). Read speed is noted as 110MB/s with write of 96MB/s.

ASUSTOR AS1002T Review – Setup and Software

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Setup of the AS1002T is a very simple process. We install one or two hard drives using the provided thumb screws and then close and power on the system once its plugged into our network. On first boot we can use the free Asustor Control Panel to locate and then access our NAS remotely using our browser. The first step in the browser is to ensure that we are starting with the latest version of the operating system, ADM. We can dowload that via the wizard or point it at a previously downloaded file. The OS then installs and we begin configuration.

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The first step in our configuration is to choose 1-click setup, or manual. One click essentially helps us create an account and storage configuration, manual goes into more detail such as network configuration, time-zones etc. All of which can be configured later too, including the ability to expand RAID configurations set multiple user accounts and create backups. As far as OS and browser support goes… all the major platforms worked without issue for us.

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The AS1002T uses ADM version 2.5.1 and the user interface should feel fairly familiar to most consumers. We get a desktop, shortcuts to settings/programs and a user menu. Browsing around we find the basic information panels, update settings (online updates available), file explorer and the like. Also worthy of note is the presence of Dr. ASUSTOR which suggests tweaks or changes that would be beneficial to our NAS, such as enabling extra security settings.

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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:

iTunes Server
OneDrive and Google Drive Support
Mail Server
Photo Gallery
FTP
Surveillance Centre
UPnP Media Server
VPN Client
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.

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Stuart Davidson

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