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“…a well-specified, quiet NAS appliance at a low price, and a top performer as well.”
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08/08/2011PC PRO has reviewed many NAS throughout the years and, with this experience, gave Thecus's high-performance low-price 4-bay N4200Eco NAS great scores. They were impressed with the dual display design, the easy-to-use UI, and the performance boost of a new processor and faster RAM. All of this prompted PC PRO to describe the N4200Eco as “a well-specified, quiet NAS appliance at a low price, and a top performer as well”.

The dual displays look good and provide important functionality: “The front panel sports Thecus' slick OLED panel and the keypad below is for manual RAID and network configuration. A colourful display at the side has status icons for the disks, Gigabit ports and USB copy function.”

Setup takes just a few short steps and the UI is user-friendly: “The setup wizard finds the appliance on the network and provides quick access to the main web console.”

iSCSI and thin provisioning are a must for some businesses: “The N4200Eco supports IP SANs, and you decide during volume creation the amount of space to set aside for targets, which are also simple to create.”

The verdict: “The faster processor and memory made their presence felt in our real-world speed tests with drag-and-drop copies of a large video clip over Gigabit returning read and write speeds of 81MB/sec and 72MB/sec. FTP operations were slightly faster, with the FileZilla client reporting speeds of 86MB/sec and 76MB/sec. IP SANs were on the money – Iometer showed a high raw read speed of 110MB/sec for a 50GB target.”

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About Thecus®
Established in 2004, Thecus Technology Corp provides market leading network attached storage and network video recorder solutions, committed to revolutionize how everyone from home user to enterprise level business centrally stores, manages and accesses their digital data both onsite and cloud-based. Thecus strives to deliver continuous innovation through cutting edge technology and design to provide data storage with the most customer-friendly platform, rapid performance and robust security. In May 2016, Thecus was formally acquired by Ennoconn Corporation and thus became part of the Foxconn IPC Technology group. Partnered together this diverse group of companies work in tandem to provide a total IoT (Internet of Things) solution. Now with an unparalleled portfolio to work with, Thecus is collaborating to bring unprecedented change to the network storage industry.