When companies like Thecus release products they are usually trying to target a specific price point. The N7700 is logically placed right between the N5200 Pro and N8800. I am not really sure if it was planned or just happened, but when looking around at other products priced within 100 USD below and above the 1100 USD N7700, I found many NAS servers but none that matched the capacity or features of this unit.
The SOHO NAS and entry level enterprise market has really heated up in the last couple of years and evidence of this can be seen in Netgear's acquisition of Infrant, Western Digital starting to make higher capacity NAS servers and Dlink moving beyond basic consumer products. Even with so many competitors starting to take aim of this market, Thecus has been able to hold their own and show that their innovative planning (or just luck) has kept them standing tall with their heads above the crowd.
It is not a secret that Thecus has impressed me with their NAS servers. I have been using one in my own network for at least three years now and every time a new model is released it is like Thecus takes a step forward in both design and functionality.
The N7700 is a nice progression from the N5200 Pro, but the benchmarks show that there is still room for performance improvements. Thecus is really in a catch 22; add a faster processor and more memory and the cost of the build goes up, plus they would also need to improve cooling to cope with the added MHz. As it sits right now, the N7700 is silent from 6 feet away in my computer room and to be honest I would prefer a silent solution over a 10% improvement in transfer speeds. Even as it sits right now, the N7700 is the fastest NAS server we have tested to date.
Moving beyond the typical benchmark results, the feature list of the N7700 is jam packed with everything from a multimedia client to a full web server with built in Joomla support. Enabling these advanced features is as easy as checking a box in the systems easy to navigate web control panel.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Hardware and Software Specifications]
- Page 3 [Server Capabilities, Availability and Cost]
- Page 4 [The Packaging]
- Page 5 [The Thecus N7700]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [The Software Basics]
- Page 8 [Testing Methodology]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - HD Playback]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - HD Record]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Copy]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Backup / Content]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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