Conclusion: The Asustor AS-304T is a 4-bay NAS, and most users are going to use it in a RAID-5 configuration for optimal balance of redundancy and capacity. Hence, we performed all our expansion / rebuild testing as well as power consumption evaluation with the unit configured in RAID-5. The disks used for benchmarking (Western Digital WD4000FYYZ) were also used in this section.
Summary: We have been using the ASUSTOR AS-304t for a couple months now and actually struggled to figure out what to include in the review. On the surface the AS-304T is a typical network appliance with hardware data redundancy and a powerful dual core Atom 1.6Ghz processor. The four drives can operate in all of the major RAID levels.
Pros: Powerful Atom 1.6Ghz Processor, Four Drive RAID Support, HDMI Out, Lots of Applications, Linux Based OS, Shell Access, Media Server
Cons: App central installs are not fully automated, No source control apps, yet
Summary: The ASUSTOR AS-304T doesn't break any new ground for performance or features, but it does bring the whole bag of tricks at a lower price point than what we're accustomed to. At roughly $450, the ASUSTOR AS-304T is a low cost solution that brings enterprise features to the consumer class. The system only gives you 1.6GHz of CPU power and 1GB of RAM to run a few at a time, but the features are there.
Summary: What made the Asustor AS-304T such an attractive product for us was the price tag, at $520 it is one of the cheapest Atom powered NAS devices we have tested. Furthermore there are few high-end 4-bay Atom powered NAS devices that are available for such a competitive price.