Over the past few months or even year, most NAS reviews you have read have some sort of reference to the boom in the NAS market. While this is true, one of the largest contributors to the NAS "boom" is the NAS companies themselves. Shifting away from the overly complicated NAS firmware of old days, opting for a more consumer-friendly interface, NAS manufacturers opened up another market for themselves.
Furthering this aggressive move, Thecus has now designed an entire line-up of NAS appliances specifically for the average consumer. The N2560 is an upgrade of the previously launched N2520. Featuring the latest Intel Atom CE5335 SoC and 2GB of DRAM, these appliances are targeted at modest home users that want to have their storage and media experience within one device.
Within this review, we will also detail our first experience with Thecus OS 6, the new NAS OS that enables a desktop feel similar to other NAS manufacturers.
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.
The foundation of which the N2560 is built upon lies in the Intel Atom CE5335 1.6GHz dual-core SoC. Paired next to this you will find 2GB of DDR3 DRAM. The back of the unit houses a single Gbit LAN connection with Wake-On LAN support. Additionally, you will find dual USB 2.0 ports, SPDIF and a single HDMI port for media functionality.
Pricing of the 2-bay Thecus N2560 at this time is set at $339.99 with a larger 4-bay (N4560) available for $519.99. Retail availability of these units is expected sometime in October 2013.