Conclusion: Benchmark Reviews believes that manufacturers should be educating consumers with their product packaging, so they can make the most informed decision possible before they make the purchase. This is why we rate the retail package presentation. in terms of the N7700 NAS this rating is average because Thecus has done an excellent job of informing buyers with basic on-the-box specifications and feature information.
Pros: High-capacity seven-bay NAS server product, 50.0/62.5 MB/s single-disk read/write performance, RAID-0, 1, 5, 6, 10, Single, and JBOD disk configurations, Dual Gigabit Ethernet NICs with teaming and failover safety, Fashionable metal chassis provides durability with elegance, ZFS file system support with continuous integrity checking auto-repair, No wires needed; SATA ports and power all exist on backplane, Four total High-Speed USB 2.0 ports available, Hot-swappable d...
Cons: Chassis drive bay door cannot be locked, Occasionally loud cooling fans cannot be controlled, Lacks O/S accessibility or command line interface, Unimpressive HTML administration software, Package includes single CAT-5e Ethernet patch cable
Conclusion: As the first seven-bay NAS solution to grace our labs, we don't yet have a direct competitor to which it can be fairly compared. Nonetheless, our initial impressions are good. Despite raising storage capacity with a massive seven drive bays, the N7700 performs admirably in our test suite and is able to hold its own when compared to lesser five-bay units.
A seven bay NAS device with 14TB storage capacity and iSCSI capabilities
Good Gear Guide.au
13 March 2011
Summary: The Thecus N7700 NAS device works best as a basic network share and when coupled with an iSCSI server. The ability to mount ISO images is also handy for deploying software across a company, but poor user administration features hamper its effectiveness in large work environments.
Pros: ZFS file system support, fast file transfer speeds, can mount up to 50 ISO disk images simultaneously
Cons: Lacks sufficient backup features, can’t read/write NTFS or HFS+ external hard drives, Web-based interface lacks sufficient user administration
Summary: The N7700 is one heck of a NAS box — although we'd recommend staying away from ZFS due to the FUSE implementation, if you need something to take seven drives and have nowhere to put a rack mount unit, this should fit the bill nicely.
Pros: Seven bays, Plenty of options and features, OS X set-up tool
Cons: ZFS implementation should probably be avoided, Cooling system a little loud