With the amount of data we store growing every day, the four-bay NAS market seems to be the sweet spot for consumers that want a good amount of features at prices that are easy on the wallet. The N4310 from Thecus fits right in with all the basic features one would want, such as SMB, AFP, and even FTP, but also adds to media server capabilities with PLEX and iSCSI.
Build quality is more than acceptable at this price, as the unit does cut some corners with materials, but still retains a certain amount of durability with its metal shell. The drive trays are plastic, but I often find Thecus units that use these types of trays to be more user friendly, as they tend to slide in and out of the chassis a lot easier, and avoid vibration more readily.
Setup and use of Thecus OS 6 has come quite a ways over the past year. The new intelligent NAS "finder" application makes for a world of difference when setting up your appliance, especially when the previous solution was frustrating to use. While the NAS OS hasn't undergone too many changes, and it does lack that certain flow that QNAP and Synology have with their solutions, I can say that Thecus has done a good amount optimizing with OS 6. Now, OS 6 is much easier to navigate than when it was when it first launched, and a good amount of features that have been broken in the past, like idle spin down of disks, are now working toward lower power consumption while the unit sits idle. In fact, we measured a low of just 12 watts with our unit.
In our testing, performance of the N4310 was hit and miss. The NAS did really well with write operations throughout testing, including in our single-client testing, but it did lack the 100 MB/s performance I was hoping for in read operations. Mixed workload testing was quite interesting with the Thecus, as the unit did exceptionally well, and actually took top honors in many of our charts.
Overall, the N4310 could use some refinements, but as a package, it does offer a great amount of features and bang for your buck in the four-bay consumer NAS segment.
PRICING: You can find the Thecus N4310 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Thecus N4310 retails for $271.44 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||84%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||89%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||84%|
The Bottom Line: Thecus' N4310 is a solid NAS solution with a good amount of features for the standard consumer. Adding to that is its strong price point, making this solution one of the best bang for your buck four-bay appliances.
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