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First Look: Thecus N4200

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First Look: Thecus N4200

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Thecus N4200 is a fast and reliable storage and backup server for small-business environments. However, its lack of some advanced features, its high learning curve, and the relatively high price might turn away those who want to get the most out of a NAS server.

[ Music ] >> If you're looking for a powerful four-bay NAS server that's super secure and also offers an easy way to manage the hard drive, I have the one for you. Hello, Dong Ngo is here, and this is the N4200 Zero-Crash NAS Server from Thecus. Now, the Zero-Crash, which is a nickname for the device, but it has a nickname for a reason. This is the first NAS Server we've ever seen that come with many layers of redundancies. First of all, it comes with a battery module. Now, the battery is not intended to power this big server for a long time, but it would give it enough time to save critical data and be powered down properly to prevent data loss. Secondly, on the inside, the server's firmware is also housed in two separate storage modules. So in case one of them goes haywire, the other one will kick in and take care of the job. This also means you wouldn't need to install the firmware on the hard drives like in other NAS Servers. And last, but not least, the N4200 support multiple-type red configuration, including red five, which offer the best combination of performance, storage space, while instilling safeguards [inaudible] against single disc failure. We really like the way the server handled the hard drives. It is the first one we've seen that can support both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives. The former is great in case you want to minimize the energy consumption of the server. The front-accessible drive bays are designed in a way that you can install or replace a hard drive very easily. Above the hard drive bay, you can find a tiny LCD that display many information of the NAS Server, such as the IP address, its name, the storage space left, and so on. This LCD is a handy tool, but it's kind of too small to be useful, plus you have to push on these four navigation buttons many times to get it to show what you want to see. Also, in the front, you will see an array of LED light that show the status of the hard drives, the network connection, and here's the quick copy button that works with these two front USB ports. This is a feature where you can quickly copy the entire content of a thumbdrive onto the server's internal storage. On the back, the server has four more USB port and two eSATA ports to host more storage. The USB can also be used with printers. The N4200 performed very well in our tests, being one of the fastest NAS Server ever reviewed. It, however, doesn't come with many feature as other four-bay NAS server we've seen, such as those from Synology. At around $750.00 with no [inaudible] included, the server is rather expensive. That, plus it's not very easy to use make it suitable only for small business environment. For more information on if it is good for you or if you should look for another, check out the in-depth review at CNET.com. My name is Dong Ngo, and this has been the First Look at the N4200 NAS Server from Thecus. ^M00:02:48 [ Music ]

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