OS 7 has upped the game for Thecus regarding features. The big one for me is the performance, and while this unit itself didn't fare the best in workload testing, it was more than adequate in sequential and single client NASPT testing. Peak results for this solution in NASPT were consistent across all RAID modes. For playback results, we look at 4x playback that came in at 110 MB/s in RAID 0, slipping to 92 MB/s in RAID 5 and 87 MB/s in RAID 6. File copy, on the other hand, started at 92 MB/s shifting to 90 MB/s in RAID 5 and finishing at 91 MB/s. Sequential performance topped everything off with a solid 118 MB/s read and 116 MB/s write in RAID 0 adding to 90 MB/s read in RAID 6 and 109 MB/s in RAID 5.
The build quality of this unit is ample for the market its being introduced to. It's not bargain basement by any means, but it is mostly plastic, shaving some of the costs inquired when building a full tank, like the N5810. With that said, this unit does have a good number of features including the basics with USB 3.0 ports front and back along with HDMI. What sets this unit apart is the inclusion of DisplayPort for 4K support with modern PC displays and USB-C to future proof its existence with modern storage solutions.
Thecus has done remarkably well with this unit with its external connectivity, but they also thought of the internals as well giving this solution the full treatment with the base model having 4GB of memory paired with the rather popular Intel Braswell N3160 SoC. You do have the optional of upgrading to 8GB as well for those running more demanding applications.
Overall, I'm quite happy with the N4810; it's certainly a solid competitor in a rather stacked market. The nearest direct competition to this solution (TS451) comes in about $50 more and doesn't have TypeC or DisplayPort. If those features are something you are looking for, then Thecus is certainly worth looking at. On the other hand, if you just want a four-bay NAS with no frills, the Thecus is expensive, as there are several albeit less powerful solutions on the market that hover around the $300 mark.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||89%|
|Bundle and Packaging||89%|
|Value for Money||85%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||89%|
The Bottom Line: Thecus' N4810 NAS is leaking features from every seam including DP, USB-C, and Dual Gbe Ethernet. Adding to this is the price making this a competitive solution and certainly worth looking at if you need those features.
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