Asus TS mini - Atom N280 1.66 GHz

The Good The Asus TS Mini is a convenient storage and backup solution at an affordable price that offers fast performance. It has a lot of peripheral ports to host additional storage.

The Bad The Asus TS Mini takes a long time to set up and doesn't come with many extra features other than what Windows Home Server offers. The server's design makes servicing its internal storage quite a task.

The Bottom Line The Asus TS Mini is a fast and easy-to-use NAS server for home networking. However, it could be frustrating and time-consuming if you want to service its internal storage.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Support 6.0
7.3 Overall

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Asus TS mini - Atom N280 1.66 GHz

At around $270 with 500GB of storage ($400 for 2TB), the dual-bay Asus TS Mini NAS server has a good bang for your buck, especially when considering its really fast throughput performance.

However, like other NAS servers that run Windows Home Server operating system, the TS Mini comes with just a standard set of features that Microsoft bundles within the OS and not much more. It's also hard to get to the server's internal hard drive bay to add or upgrade its storage. To make up for this, the TS Mini comes with a slew of USB and eSATA ports to host external storage devices.

If you are looking for a fast and simple easy-to-use NAS sever, the TS Mini fits the bill. Those who want to get more out of their NAS servers, however, would porabaly want to check out the similarly priced HP MediaSmart EX495 or the slightly more expensive Synology DS209+ NAS server .

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $500
  • Brand Asus
  • Type Atom
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Capacity 1 TB
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