ASUSTOR AS7004T 4-Bay NAS
The ASUSTOR system has a futuristic look while still keeping the traditional pedestal form factor. There are several LEDs on the system that convey system information. The regular LEDs for power, disk and network activity supplement the LCD display that gives further insight into the system configuration. All of the lights can be dimmed or even shut down via the IP interface.
A one-touch data-copy feature surrounds front USB 3.0 port. Just plug in your USB flash drive, press the button, and the data is backed up to the inner disk system. Two activity LEDs show network activity.
The power button and disk activity LED can be found on the top-left corner.
The LCD display across the top of the AS7004T also allows users to configure the system with the aid of four buttons to the right of the display.
The drive bay sleds have a new design that includes a locking mechanism, so users will not accidentally open and disconnect a HDD from the NAS.
Vents on one side of the NAS keep the internal components cool.
Air passes over the HDDs as well, and air is pulled through the NAS by a large, low RPM fan.
The system has an internal power supply that also has a fan to keep the component cool.
The HDMI port is at the top-right side of the back of the NAS. Two port sets are located under the HDMI port.
The bottom-right side of the system is where the eSATA, S/PDIF, and the Kensington lock cutout are located.
Isolation feet on the bottom of the system keep disk vibration from the desk, media shelf, or other surface.
After removing the cover panel, I noticed the beefy heat sink in the AS7004T. While testing the NAS, we never heard the fans spinning after the initial boot. Even when we were pushing random write workloads to the system from several devices, the system stayed cool and quiet. The heat sink is large enough to absorb a lot of heat, and dissipate that heat with less airflow. The end result is a very quiet system that works in the living room, should you choose to install it there.
A flap on the side of the system lifts up, so you can install an additional SO-DIMM module.
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