Thecus N3200XXX NAS Review

By on May 24, 2011, 4:32 AM

Just over four years ago, we reviewed our first Thecus product: a dual-bay NAS powered by an Intel IOP 80219 processor and 128MB of DDR RAM. Although we appreciated many aspects of the Y.E.S. Box, it wasn't without flaws. Its GUI was ugly and clumsy, its setup process was confusing, and performance left much to be desired.

Looking back at the review, it's incredible how far we've come in terms of cost and functionality in just a few years. While pricing on NAS devices hasn't changed much, virtually everything else has. In fact, 2TB 5400RPM desktop drives start at only $80, and today's budget NAS devices are considerably more powerful and functional.

The company has released countless new products and we have one onsite: the N3200XXX, another small office/home office NAS. The $430 device is part of Thecus' new XXX series, which supposedly delivers Xtreme power, Xtreme function, and Xtreme value. As cute as that may be, we're more interested in seeing how it stacks up to the competition.

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bl4cksh4d0w said:

cool product... but.

Seems to be a good product, but it looks kinda old school in terms of enclosure/case designs... In my personal opinion it would kinda stick out when placed with other devices, and not in a good way.

It would be cool to toy around with putting a PCI video card in that PCI slot, and see if you get any output. I would imagine it would be disabled in the bios to ignore anything like that, but it would be fun to try and toy with

blimp01 said:

I would so convert this thing into a gaming machine

Guest said:

Pricing seems a bit odd.

I have a very similar thecus nas, the N0503 which has identical hardware, case and software to this one, the only difference being that it also supports 5x sata devices via an included drivebay insert if you use 2.5" HDDs instead of 3.5" ones.

from the site i got mine from:

N3200XXX = £299

N0503 = £274

The N0503 is cheaper despite having utterly identical hardware and additional drive support o.O

@bl4cksh4d0w

On the thecus forums, people have done this. Swap the IDE DOM module for a HDD, add a PCI video card and you have a fully functional micro-sized server PC.

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