10/16/2013-The German team at Tom's Hardware got their hands on a Thecus® N5550 and was curious if the remake of the Thecus® N5500 was worth buying.
The editors from Tom's Hardware already knew about the N5500's strength and value in the NAS market. So now that Thecus® launched their updated version (dubbed the N5550 with double the amount of RAM, an upgraded processor – the Intel® Atom™ dualcore, and USB 3.0 ports), were the reviewers going to be impressed again? By not only improving the performance, but thinking (almost literally) outside the box, Thecus® was hoping that they would be.
On the software side, the Thecus® N5550 supports all standards to be expected of a NAS in this segment: “RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD, Hot-Swapping, Hot-Spare, RAID-encryption with AES256bit, FTP Servers, iSCSI, Network fail over, Load Balancing, IPV6, support of a wide range of data-protocols, and Ext4-support are only a part of what the device offers. It has the complete package that doesn't leave any expert wanting.” Speaking of state-of-the-art, the Thecus® N5550 also supports access by mobile devices through Thecus® Dashboard. With this app, users will be able to monitor all vital data at one glance or activate/deactivate modules remotely.
Now that the internals have been clarified, it is time to look at the results of the performance tests and answer the question, “Are the Thecus® N5550's upgrades really worth it?” Tom's Hardware answers this with a definitive, “Yes.” While it is difficult to compare its results with its predecessor (as the N5500 was tested within a different testing environment), they still were able to conclude that it delivered a more contemporary performance. What the final results revealed was that the N5550's strengths lie in the backup/restore disciplinces.
Tom's Hardware's conclusion for the Thecus® N5550 was that “[it] can be considered an efficient enhancement. The NAS is, thanks to the contemporary ports and support of all its current technologies, a significant improvement in performance that still keeps the proven strong points [of its predecessor] .”
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