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Thecus N5550 5-Bay Home NAS Review - Thecus N5550 NAS

Thecus rehashed a successful design for the successor to the N5500 and increased performance with a new Intel Atom processor paired with twice the amount of RAM. The new N5550 also adds advanced features, HDMI output and USB 3.0 topping that list.

By: | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Dec 3, 2012 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Thecus

Thecus N5550 NAS image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_11


If the N5550 looks familiar, that's because Thecus used the same case for a few other products as well. When we reviewed the N5500 in 2009 we found it to be an amazing NAS with best in class performance. The N5550 looks nearly identical on the outside, but has new 2012 features. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_12


The front door hides the drive bays and makes the N5550 appealing for home users. Beyond the door we found the five drive bays, power and reset buttons. The N5550 also has a row of status LEDs along the top just about the single USB 3.0 port on the front. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_13


At the bottom, Thecus has a status display panel with manual settings adjustments for some of the most used settings. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_14


The N5550 can only use SATA drives; the backplane is not keyed for SAS connectors. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_15


The side with a motherboard under the cover has an open vent to cool the components. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_16


The opposite side appears open, but it's covered with a film on the inside. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_17


The N5550 uses a large fan to cool the HDDs and the power supply has a fan as well. The system is quiet and you can use it on your desk if you need to have it close by your work space. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_18


The internal power supply means you don't have to worry about an external power brick. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_19


The N5550 has a microphone and line level input as well as line level output on the back. An eSATA connector is next two four USB 2.0 ports. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_20


We've seen VGA connectors on NAS servers for years, but HDMI capability is new for 2012. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_21


Dual gigabit Ethernet ports bridge the gap between a typical home NAS to a more powerful small business unit. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_22


The cover comes off very easy with preinstalled thumb screws so you can easily upgrade the RAM inside the NAS. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_23


Inside we found a single DOM and this nice little add on that's undocumented. It's an mSATA slot. This has me wondering if a Windows Home Server unit wasn't on the drawing board at some time. image thecus_n5550_5_bay_home_nas_review_24


The N5550 ships with 2GB of DDR3 RAM. This is twice what many of Thecus' competitors' uses in similarly priced units.

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