It’s beginning to feel like October is “NAS Release Month”, as WD, QNAP, and Synology have all released new models this month. Not wanting to be one of the few without something to show-off, Thecus has just announced its N2310, a “budget” NAS that’s designed for the home user in mind.
Under the hood, the N2310 sports an 800MHz SoC from AMCC (Advanced Micro Circuits Corporation) – a major contrast to Intel’s Atom which tends to be the go-to choice for most NAS solutions. Alongside the SoC is 512MB of DDR3 memory.
Despite calling the N2310 an affordable offering, no pricing has been revealed. It’s expected to cost a good deal less than its recently-launched N2560, however. While its cost is meant to be lower, its functionality is rich: RAID 0, 1 and JBOD support, Web-based file access, built-in FTP server, BitTorrent cl ient, Plex Media Server support, mobile control with T-OnTheGo app, and an energy footprint of about 5W (we’d assume that to be idle, and it’s definitely sans hard drives).
Sometimes, it’s pricing that decides the fate of a product, and that will be the case here. Will the lower cost of the N2310 sway some from moving on up to the beefier N2560? Time will tell. What I do know is that it’s nice to see Thecus catering to those who don’t want to spend too much, but still want a reliable NAS – important, because let’s face it, NASes are not that inexpensive.
Update: Thecus hit us up to let us know that the N2310 will retail for $159, and it will become available mid-next month.