Hardware Specifications and Pricing
Modern NAS servers have moved beyond data storage through a wire network. In order to get the most out of a NAS you need to look at the extra I/O hardware and the mountain of potential software features.
At the heart of the AS-604T is an Intel Atom dual-core 2.13GHz processor designed for low power operation. Feeding the processor is a single 1GB DDR3 SODIMM. The AS-604T is expandable to 3GB total and the second SODIMM slot is easily accessible.
As we've mentioned already, the AS-604T is a 4-bay unit with RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 and 6 capability. Single drive (JBOD) and spanning are also options. Two Ethernet ports link your NAS to the rest of your network. Asustor implemented Wi-Fi over USB, but the AS-604T doesn't ship with a Wi-Fi dongle.
Further connectivity comes from dual USB 3.0 ports, one on the back and a special implementation on the front that accompanies a one touch USB 3.0 backup function. On the back of the unit, we found four USB 2.0 ports as well as two eSATA ports.
The new 'it' feature for NAS products is HDMI connectivity. Units designed for enterprise down to smaller consumer / SMB models like the one we're looking at today now feature HDMI with audio and video output. The obvious use for HDMI on a NAS is media center capabilities. Asustor sells a remote control for obvious reasons, but if you don't want to spring for the optional accessory, Asustor put together a nice smart phone application (iOS and Android) that controls the media functions as well.
After an exhaustive search on Google we found the AS-604T as low as $679.99 at the time of writing. The price is lower than our current favorite in this bay size, the Thecus N4800 ($772.45). Both units share many of the same specs, but the N4800 does ship with 2GB of DRAM, where the AS-604T falls into the 1GB club.