AS far as NAS appliances are concerned, Thecus has done a remarkable job putting together the N5810 Pro. From the bottom up, this unit houses an internal power supply rated at 130 watts, adding to it a built-in UPS allowing you enough time to shutdown the NAS softly to avoid any data corruption. When using the NAS, I simulated a power loss event where the UPS took over without issue and granted me an extra 15-20 minutes to shut the NAS down properly.
Next up is the amazing amount of Ethernet connectivity. This is especially important for multiuser environments where loads of users will be connecting to the unit simultaneously, as it relieves any bottlenecks from a typical single port solution. USB 3.0 connectivity adds to the package and allows users to expand on the five internal bays with external enclosures among other devices. Last, but certainly not least, we have the HDMI output that allows a local display for the NAS for everything from media to managing the appliance.
Build quality of the N5810 Pro is remarkably solid; this unit is built like a tank and as I stated in the introduction is what industrial storage should look like. With the chassis and surrounding components comprised of metal everything down to the drive drays exudes durability. Performance of the N5810 Pro was rather good in our Single Client testing, with the unit for the most part taking top honors across each chart. Sequential testing allowed for the N5810 to produce upwards of 118 MB/s read with 117 MB/s write through all RAID modes.
Moving on, we found the Thecus to be a bit shaky when confronted with our SMB workloads, on one hand the NAS did quite well with Database, Email Server and Web Server, while File Server and Workstation gave the NAS fits at times. With that said, it was able to stay within the top two appliances, even if there were a few rough spots.
Overall, the Thecus N5810 Pro is an extremely well built, high performance zero crash NAS appliance that carries a rather impressive MSRP, and that is hard to ignore.
|Quality including Design and Build||92%|
|Bundle and Packaging||88%|
|Value for Money||91%|
The Bottom Line: The Thecus N5810 Pro carries enterprise features, performance and aesthetics all at an amazing MSRP of $699.
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