Summary: I can't complain. It works well. I did expect the speed to be faster but that might be my settings. I also saw a friend's Synology and it seemed like the better deal. However, I liked this one enough to buy a second.
Summary: I originally bought this to replace my Acer Easystore H340 server, which ran Windows Home Server. This was a great solution for me, because it was able to run applications in addition to being a central NAS for our home and media collection. But it was oh so slow...Eventually, I purchased the Thecus N5550 to take over the NAS duties, while the various apps (MySQL, Sickbeard, SabNZBD+) I ran on the Acer remained, although running very slowly...
Pros: * 5 bays at a 4 bay price * RAM is expandable, great if you run lots of modules * Can double as a full-blown XBMC media center * Great performance * Tool-less case design * Excellent build quality, but...**
Cons: * Cheap fan that dies, but is easily replaceable * Can't rename default music partition from "iTunes_music" * Yes, the webUI is kinda ugly, but it works well, so who cares ** Excellent build quality, but there are flimsy plastic parts, too
Summary: Overall, a decent NAS. It has a lot of functionality and a lot of optional software you can download from their site. My main complaint is that it tends to be a bit loud - I feel like there is a random heartbeat in my office a lot of the time. Set up and drive installation are easy and don't take a lot of time. There may be better NAS enclosures out there, but this one works quite well and its value measures up to the costs.
Thecus hardware seems pretty good. Thecus Tech Support is horrible.
23 October 2014
Summary: On the 2 October, 2014, I bought my N5550 (3 disk, 12 TB, Raid 5) through an external web site (simplynas.com) in order save myself the time of setting up the raid 5 array and testing the whole shooting match. I've had the NAS in hand for a couple of weeks now. It works perfectly and is easy to manage. I hope it stays that way for a long time because Thecus' Technical Support is dreadful. They have intentionally made it difficult to interact with them.
Summary: I've owed this NAS for a little over a year and couldn't be happier. I particularly like ability to only load the modules you want/need. I get almost full Gig-E transfers (120Mbps) with only a single cable connected. I'm running a blend of 2Tb WD Red's and Toshiba HDDs. I use it as a both a NAS and media server, and easily playback videos directly to my HDTV.
Pros: Fast, reliable, many useful features and only load the ones you want, quiet.
Cons: Bonded network link is slower than single link. (75Mbps vs 120Mbps)
Summary: I got this to replace a NAS I had bought on the cheap a few years ago that was showing signs of finally dying. So, in comparison, this beast is much more machine than I was used to. Drive installation was straightforward, and setup was relatively easy if you go online to the Thecus website and go from the manual there. There are a lot of feature to get used to, but it runs cool and quiet, and for the price NCIX is selling it for, this thing is a steal.
Pros: Inexpensive, Quiet, Cool., It's a 5 bay NAS with an Atom CPU, and 2GB of RAM for 400 bucks.
Cons: Involved interface, drive bay door is cheap plastic.
Now I know they're Japanese, but I respect them and don't want to think they're to cheap to hire an American proofreader
Harry O., Amazon
8 April 2014
Summary: Pretty great little monster vault with a lot of applications.I'll try the print server app next, since it sits near my 4ft tal Ricoh Aficio 250 Laser Multifunction duplexing moneypit. Should look right cute like david and goliath.