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Pros: Reasonable price, geared for NAS, very good (when they work)
Cons: We have ordered roughly 20 of the 2tb/3tb Red NAS drives for our field NAS's. The reason we paid a premium for these is because they are supposed to be highly reliable and engineered for NAS's. Our experience is not great so far, in that 7 of them over the past month have arrived either DOA or fail intensive testing (lots of pending sectors start cropping up during burn-in and block testing). When they work they are great, but when they don't you know right away.
Newegg has been great about replacements (as has WD, although I hate their new RMA process of registering the drive first and THEN returning). I don't think it's a shipping issue, as they are all arriving well padded and shipped properly with no visible box damage. Maybe WD has a design flaw or a manufacturing glitch, maybe it's a firmware, but the end result is that 35% are DOA so far (including 1 of the 4 I just bought 3 days ago - it failed within 2 hours of testing in a Thecus 4200 NAS). It's not the NAS, 'cause we test with a Dell workstation also. It's just these Red drives, there's something.... not fully baked.
But with no other affordable NAS drive choices out there (Black's get hot and the RE4's are very pricey) I'm relegated to the Red drives.
When they work, they're great.
This review is from: Thecus N2200EVO Diskless System NAS Server | Soho/Home
Pros: - Very inexpensive
- Metal Chassis, solid construction
- Small footprint
- Easy-to-use interface, consistent with the Thecus family
Cons: - Slow performance
- Interface is missing the System Monitor module of the other Thecus firmwares (but then again, this is a LOT cheaper)
- Only 256 mb RAM (but you can increase this easily with laptop memory)
- No ZFS file system support (but seriously, at this price-point who should expect it?)
- No iSCSI (again... expectations)
Other Thoughts: We have roughly 2 dozen Thecus units deployed, ranging from these SOHO units all the way up to the high-end rackmount units. Of that #, we have about 6 of these out in the field. No reliability issues, decent price-point performance. People potty-mouth this device for missing features or speed. Seriously folks... you are paying $160 for a dual-bay well-made NAS with a rich feature set. Get realistic. This is perfect for SOHO use as a backup device or even a rudimentary file server. Is it suited for the 10 employee office? Of course not. How about a 2 person home office? Now you're talking.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The chipset and LAN are on the Untangle list of known compatibles, so we jumped on this. We have ~5 in the field for the SMB clients, about to deploy another 3. Doing site-to-site VPN's, being the primary firewall for 50+ employees behind a 50/5, constant heavy load - the unit has been very reliable. I suggest going with a 64gb Samsung 830 SSD and a 4gb Laptop SO Dimm.
Cons: none. Easy, cheap, high quality.READ FULL REVIEW