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Ultimate flexibility and wealth of features score 8.5 out of 10
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Thecus NAS reviews - HWM Silver award01/13/2010More than meets the eye, the N0503 ComboNAS from Thecus® offers unmatched flexibility with its ability to accept either 2.5” or 3.5” SATA hard disks. In their December 2009 issue, HWM Malaysia Magazine took good look at the N0503 to see if it delivers. In the end, editors were extremely impressed with the unit, giving it a final score of 8.5 out of 10 and the HWM Malaysia Silver Award!

Opening the N0503 reveals the reason it's dubbed the “ComboNAS”: "The Thecus N0503 ComboNAS looks a lot like the company's previous three bay 3.5” NAS devices except that it now has an extra bay door which flips open to reveal the bay compartment, the two-line LCD screen and the controls on the bottom right corner. The flip open cover even has extended controls so you can control the NAS device directly without having to open the cover. Initially, the NAS offers three 3.5” SATA hard disk drive bays which require you to install rails on the sides of each hard disk drive, slotting in the drives flat. Each bay can support a 2TB 3.5” hard disk drive for a total of 6TB. This NAS also comes with a slot-in 2.5” cage which hooks up to the existing three SATA ports and splits it up into five SATA ports for five 2.5” hard disk drives. In 2.5” mode this gives the NAS up to 2.5TB worth of storage capacity. The NAS offers JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10 support, depending on which mode you have the NAS in."

The N0503 is simple to setup, and powerful once it is: "Installation is easy and painless, while the bays themselves are hot-swappable. Transfer times are relatively fast at 7 to 8 minutes for 4.5GB worth of data but drops down to 2 minutes or so if you're using an SSD.”

The final HWM Malaysia verdict: "Overall, the Thecus N0503 ComboNAS offers SOHO users a fully maximized NAS device regardless of the size of your hard disk drives. Its three 3.5” hard disk drives are perfect for high capacity storage. However, if your storage needs are small but energy efficiency is an issue you can switch to 2.5TB worth of 2.5” hard disk drives or if performance is what you're looking for, then the 2.5” bay options also support solid state drives as well for even better speed and reliability."

For the full review, check out the December 2009 issue of HWM Malaysia Magazine.

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About Thecus®
Thecus® Technology Corp. specializes in IP Storage Server solutions, including Network Attached Storage (NAS) , DAS, External Storage and Wireless Media NAS (Bank ) products. The company was established in 2004 with the mission to make technology as transparent and easy-to-use as possible, and to make products that are not only the best on the market, but are accessible to experts and novices alike. With a best-in-class R&D team highly experienced in storage hardware and Linux software and with a keen customer focus, Thecus® stays close to the market to develop high-quality products to fulfill the storage Server needs of today's world.
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