Summary: After having spent lots of quality time with the N5550 NAS, my thoughts about it are mixed. It was very reliable and performed well during all testing, registering high enough network transfer speeds.
Pros: High price/performance ratio, Support for five hot-swap disks, Highly reliable operation, Low power consumption, Strong PSU (200 W) with 80 Plus certification, Comes with 2 GB RAM installed while most of the competition only has 1 GB, Fully metallic casing, Very high build quality, Lots of featur...
Cons: The operating system's interface isn't as appealing and intuitive as the competition's offerings, Installing available modules can be really tricky, High memory utilization, especially during heavy network throughput, Fan can be noisy, No fan profile adjustment via software possible, Any change t...
Summary: Stable, fast, space for five hard drives, all this at a relatively low price. This is how to best summarize the Thecus N5550. At a , Thecus's solution is no less than 100 euros cheaper than the competition, of cours when comparing devices with the same number of HDDs.
Pros: high speed, room for five hard drives, inexpensive, solidly crafted case, interesting HTPC approach
Thecus N5550 - a Fast and Relatively Inexpensive 5-bay NAS
27 March 2013
Summary: We next might want to have a look at one of the top-of-the-line units from Thecus, like the N16000, as we have reviewed similar rackmounted units from our other friends in Taipei (see our many QNAP and Synology rackmounted NAS reviews).
Conclusion: The Thecus N5550 is one of the most feature packed and capable five-bay NAS solutions currently available for under £450. Armed with a dual-core Intel Atom processor and 2GB of DDR3 memory, the N5550 consistently serves up data transfer speeds close to 100MB/s, and it has a feature set that easily...
Summary: The most important factor to consider with the Thecus N5550 is the price and that really goes for any product. However in the case of the N5550 it’s rather cheap for a 5-bay NAS with a retail price of just $510.
Excerpt: The unit’s CPU is a 32nm, 64-bit dual-core processor with hyperthreading support running at 1.86GHz. With a 10W TDP on the Cedar Trail platform, we can expect the N5550 to offer great performance while keeping the power consumption quite low.
Pros: Good sequential read and write performance, Runs very cool, HDMI port for HD content streaming, USB 3.0 support, Dual network, Easy to navigate interface, ISO mount, Mini-UPS support
Cons: No automatic firmware update, No dedicated disk copy button, Front LED display is hard to navigate, Single USB 3.0 Port, Backlighting on LCD can be distracting and not disabled
Conclusion: I’m impressed with what Thecus put together with the N5550. Just the hardware alone is well layed out and packed full of features like multiple USB ports and audio/video connections. This is also the first NAS we have had in that has had a USB 3.0 port.
Conclusion: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time.
Pros: Very high transfer speeds, Local Display capability on VGA, HDMI, Excellent value, High quality construction, 2GB SDRAM is standard, USB 3.0 port on front panel, McAfee Anti-Virus S/W included, Acronis Backup S/W included, Quiet operation, Integrated 200W power supply, All the usual support apps ...
Cons: Can't migrate from single disk to RAID volume, USB 3.0 port is hidden behind front door, Must be on same sub-net as workstation, or use static IPs, Adhesive on feet came loose, Drive trays and bays not labeled 1,2,3,4,5