Over the years, Asustor has built itself a solid reputation coming from the new kid on the block just a few years ago to one of the big players in today's market. With each passing generation of NAS appliance, their ADM platform gets better, and the underlying hardware gets more efficient. With that said, build quality with Asustor has always stayed the same, at least with SMB appliances. The AS6202T enjoys the same quality I have become familiar with in past 5000 series appliances; the same steel structure and shell gives these units solid durability while the plastics on the front panel give it a soft appearance.
The performance of this unit was quite solid and if it's any indication it appears the Intel Braswell platform is a winner. In our single client test, I was able to maximize the throughput of our gigabit connection in both RAID 0 and RAID 1 while sequential numbers were able to reach upwards of 118 MB/s. On the flip side, our workload testing showed great promise with the Asustor unit as we were able to reach over 5000 IOPS on several occasion in both RAID 0 and 1.
ADM has been improved upon since our last foray with an Asustor appliance. You still get the basic requirements for transferring and storing your data with CIFS, AFP, and NFS support, while on the higher-end TFTP, iSCSI and Terminal give you high-level features for the power user. Adding to this are all the media and encryption features that are now baked in including AES-NI and 4K HDMI support via KODI along with hardware transcoding capabilities.
Overall, the Asustor AS6202T is a solid NAS appliance and quite possibly the quickest two-bay appliance we have tested which makes sense as this unit appears to share the same configuration with its four-bay counterpart. The level of features you get with this appliance is top notch and with this unit carrying an MSRP of $569.99 with a three-year warranty, it's quite competitive in the market as well.
|Performance (including Overclocking w/a)||91%|
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||80%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||86%|
The Bottom Line: ASUSTOR's AS6202T is a high-feature NAS appliance that carries excellent performance characteristics. On the downside, it's a bit more expensive than competing products.
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