Earlier today we published a full review of the new ASUSTOR AS-304T, a low-cost, consumer focused NAS with several features derived from the company's more powerful products. The AS-2 and AS-3 Series NAS don't use Boxee software like the AS-604T we reviewed early in 2013. ASUSTOR uses new software for the consumer NAS products called XBMC.
One of the great things about Boxee when used with ASUSTOR products was the ability to use an iOS or Android device as a remote control. XBMC doesn't have that function, at least not released by ASUSTOR at the time of writing. The company still wanted to give users an easy way to control the multimedia functions and came up with a physical remote control to handle media navigation.
Hardware Specifications and Pricing
In the US, the ASUSTOR remote controller costs $29.99. When searching for the e-tailers with the remote in stock, we found it easiest to simple search for ASUSTOR Remote Control. Since ASUSTOR lists the product part number simple as remote control, the obvious became the best method. Superbiiz.com shows the remote in stock for $29.99 at the time of writing, the lowest price we found in the US.
The ASUSTOR Remote Control works with new 3-Series and some 2-Series products with HDMI capabilities. Not all 2-Seres ASUSTOR NAS products have HDMI capability, but you can recognize them by the E at the end of the model number, AS-204TE. All 3-Series NAS have HDMI.
It's difficult to say which is better, the cookie or the cream, but together they taste great. That's what we get with ASUSTOR's new XBMC software when paired with the new remote control. You can control XBMC with a keyboard and mouse attached to the NAS, but that defeats the purpose of having a media center to start with.
Today we'll take a look at the new remote control and then the new XBMC software in a video.