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Thecus N4310 Review

Thecus N4310 Review

Thecus have an impressive NAS product range with models to suit many consumer requirements. Today we take a look at a feature packed budget concious 4-bay model in our Thecus N4310 Review.

Thecus N4310 Review – Packaging and Bundle

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Thecus use a nice chunky box on their N4310 and give us plenty of info about the product inside. That is suspended in foam and wrapped in plastic for extra protection during shipping. The bundled items are in their own sub box and start with a short guide then we have screws for our drive installation, network cable, software disc and PSU (Channel Well Technology 65w).

Thecus N4310 Review – The NAS

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The Thecus N4310 is shown above and it uses a matt black finish. the back, top base and sides are all metal and the front surface has a mix of metal and plastic. In terms of size the unit is 135x170x217mm and it weighs 3KG when empty. AS well as the four drive bays on the front we have a set of status LEDs, power button and USB copy button. This combines with the ports on the back to quickly transfer the contents of a USB stick to the internal drives.

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Turning the N4310 reveals that there are four rubber feet on the base to provide stability. Looking to the back we find a fan exhaust and our first surprising feature, dual PSU inputs. This means we can buy a second PSU and if one fails, the NAS will remain functional. Also present is a GB LAN port, lock slot, reset button and two USB ports. Surprisingly for a budget NAS these are both USB 3.0 spec.

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To install a drive in the N4310 we push up the button on the front of a drive bay, the arm springs out and we remove the caddy. Screw in the drive (3.5″ and 2.5″ supported) and then push the caddy back into the slot where it clicks into place.

As far as internal specs go, we have an AMCC APM86491RDK CPU which runs at 1GHz. Working with it is 1GB of DDR3 memory.

Thecus N4310 Review – Software

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There is software on the provided disc which helps us connect to the NAS however it is always best to visit the Thecus website and grab the latest version. A handy note in the box told us to do this at http://install.thecus.com and from there we grabbed the application. It scans our network for any Thecus NAS and then launches us into a setup wizard. The first step is to choose our drive configuration (JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10) and then an automated process formats the drives before we create our Thecus account. With these steps complete we are ready to access the NAS via our browser.

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We first login with the admin account and then can create other user accounts if needed. Thecus use a Linux based Operating System and it has a desktop like feel. Key options have shortcuts available, like disk management, access to shutdown and network settings. A notification area at the top of the screen also lets us know about software updates and a handy button in the panel which opens lets us grab all in one go. The main control panel is also available in one click and gives us access to all of the key configuration options such as FTP, download manager, Web Server, Print Server, backups and iTunes server.

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The NAS also offers the usual set of shared folders, already created by the installation Wizard and we get added media functionality through extra software such as Piczza and Plex. All free. A further selection of apps is available from the Thecus App Store and smartphone software allows us to monitor our nas and view stored content while on the move.

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Thecus N4310 Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the N4310 we have an impressive unit. There are no large plastic panels here, instead we get a nice sturdy metal chassis. The finish is well applied and Thecus have even gone to the trouble of putting some nice covers over the screw heads… not something we would expect on a low cost machine. The drive caddy parts feel solid enough and the CPU and memory spec are appropriate for the target market.

As far as features go, all the key functionality we would expect is covered. Shared folders, media server, ftp and the like. Thecus have also included AES Data Encryption, hot swap functionality and cloud features too. For the OS, we are now on OS 6 from Thecus and it is a stable platform which is fairly responsive on this CPU/Memory configuration. There are nicer looking NAS OS solutions out there but as far as functionality goes, Thecus compare well with the Android/iOS apps offering some basic extra functionality.

Looking to performance, the NAS is rated for 100MB/s read and 75MB/s write. We saw figures of 95mb/s read 76MB/s write on larger files, dropping to 75/65 on folder copies of smaller files. Power use was approximately 30w under load, 21w at idle and 11w with the disks spun down.

So that brings us to price where the N4310 retails at £235 or around $270. That is very competitive for a 4-bay NAS and that, mixed with the good level of functionality and build quality wins the N4310 our value award.

Value Award

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