As we found in testing, the AS7004T-i5 certainly has its place in the market as a pure storage appliance. When compared to previously tested platforms the Asustor solution was consistently near the top of our charts, particularly in sequential and database workloads. Build quality is solid and on par with expectations for a prosumer unit. Like many appliances that use this same enclosure design, the 7004T is easily disassembled allowing for easy memory upgrades.
Going into more detail, the performance of this platform is solid and certainly top notch for the four-bay prosumer market. The power of the Core i5 processor eliminates any and all slow down you would experience from a lesser powered platform. In single client testing, we found this NAS to perform amazingly well in playback and record scenarios and sequential testing, proved this solution to reach peaks of 118 MB/s with lows around 110 MB/s in RAID 6. Moving to workloads, this platform seems to excel with database and file server workloads with those two being at the peak during testing.
ADM has grown so much over the years this platform has now come into its own with a full app library, extensive storage options both internal and external. With the HDMI port, you have a full multimedia experience available to you and Surveillance Center enables a high-quality security solution for your home or business.
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The Bottom Line: With the AS7004T-i5, Asustor leaves nothing on the table deploying quite possibly the best prosumer four bay appliance we have seen.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Asustor AS7004T-i5 | Enterprise Network Attached Storage | 3.0GHz Quad-Core, 8GB RAM | Personal Private Cloud | Home or Business Data Media Server (4 Bay Diskless) retails for $1098.95 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Asustor AS7004T-i5 Consumer NAS retails for £XXX at Amazon UK.