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...
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...
Do much more than just store data with this 5-bay network-attached storage device
Good Gear Guide.au
27 February 2013
Conclusion: There is plenty to like about the Thecus N5550. It has five drive bays yet it doesn't cost the Earth, and it can be almost endlessly configured via extra modules from Thecus and third parties.
Pros: Five drive bays, Well priced, Stacks of features to play with
Cons: Needs clearer and more in-depth documentation, Build quality doesn't feel great