Offering up several new embedded NAS appliances, Thecus has opened a few doors for SOHO users to claim what was once an expensive endeavor. With each of these new units and more specifically the N4560 having such a low entry price, in addition to its low power consumption (depending upon chosen drives), Thecus has positioned these units perfectly, giving SOHO users added value as TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) comes into play.
The build quality of the N4560 was quite compelling, whereas the N2560 was a completely unique build in design and craftsmanship, I see the N4560 as more of a traditional unit from Thecus. Materials like steel and aluminum are found where plastics were used in the N2560, this certainly gives the N4560 a bit more heft, and thus the feel of a durable unit.
Performance was quite good, in fact, I'm itching to get ahold of some new Marvell based units to see how well the N4560 compares to those solutions. If history tells us anything, than the N4560 should fare quite well.
Pricing on the N4560 in its diskless configuration comes in at $449.99 (down from $519.99 at launch), with a two year warranty from Thecus.