Thecus has always had a way of setting itself apart from many other vendors, whether through aesthetics of their appliances, which tend to air on the industrial side, or through software. With the N2810 being the first platform to ship with OS 7 onboard, I was pleasantly surprised to see how many more features Thecus had ironed out since my last affair with this new OS in our N5810 review.
For starters, they fixed a bug that plagued iSCSI and the Plex app now works without issues. On the build quality, as I said, Thecus goes for the industrial heavy metal design, so the N2810 does not disappoint. We have a full chassis made of steel with a touch of plastic on the front to add a bit of style. Keys secure the drive bays and the trays are tool-less.
On the performance side, the N2810 does perform quite well in synthetics matching or going above performance seen in competing solutions. In single client, we found a peak of 113 MB/s in playback and record and same too can be said for RAID 1 where this unit peaked at 95 MB/s in the same test.
Workloads had this unit right with the pack producing over 300 IOPs in RAID 0 Workstation and nearly 290 IOPs in RAID 1. On the real-world side of things, I had no issues streaming media with this NAS over Plex, but when it came to transcoding on-the-fly, we did have some struggles at higher resolutions.
This is most likely why Thecus, just a few weeks ago, upgraded their lineup to include a Plus model of this very NAS, swapping out the dual-core N3050 for a quad-core N3150 and doubling the memory from 2GB to 4GB. Of course, this is a perplexing move as the N2810 has had a short life. In my opinion, it is now obsolete.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||85%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||75%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||80%|
The Bottom Line: Thecus' N2810 is a solid performing unit with a great list of features thanks to OS 7. But with that said, the recent launch of the N2810 Plus has complicated things and I feel you may be better off with the extra power and memory that the newer Plus unit provides.
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