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Roughly a week ago some friends visited our testing grounds (lab as some people like to call it) to see how we do things and from all the things they saw in here what really piqued their interest was the QNAP TS-469U-RP rackmount NAS Server which has taken a permanent role as our download server, DVB-T server and surveillance station. Of course the moment our friends learned of the price tag that specific mode has (or had since it's not widely available anymore) they were slightly disappointed since they too are looking to purchase NAS servers mainly for use as download servers and media players. Personally i also think that a NAS server used for media playback (thus placed close to your TV set) also has to be small in size and not just cost-effective something which obviously most NAS servers we've tested/used over the years are not. Thecus is trying to change that by introducing the latest N2560 2-Bay NAS Server which we've been testing for roughly a week now.
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The first thing that surprised us with the N2560 was its size which for a 2-Bay solution it's quite small however Thecus didn't stop there so they also equipped it with an Intel Atom CE5335 1.6GHz Dual Core CPU (SoC model combined with the Intel GMA3600 based on the PowerVR SGX 545 IGP) and 2GB DDR3 (soldered, not upgradable). Strangely enough the unit only supports 3.5" drives (JBOD/RAID0/RAID1 modes) but on the bright side it has both HDMI and SPDIF outputs at the rear something i haven't seen in the past at least not from a home oriented solution. The housing is also not very sturdy since it's made out of hard plastic but for home use i don't think most people will consider that as being an issue. So specs-wise at least the N2560 seems to be on par with devices that cost almost twice as much however there are many things that make a NAS server so lets keep going to see if Thecus has succeeded in launching the ideal home NAS server.