The Thecus N2800 is a highly attractive offer in terms of its hardware platform. It features a dual-core quad-threaded x86 CPU with a clock rate of over 2 GHz and 2 GB of (upgradable) system memory. besides that, it also has a PCIe slot, two Ethernet controllers and video outputs. Unfortunately, we can’t list the USB 3.0 controller among the NAS’s advantages because it doesn’t work well, at least with the current firmware version available.
The firmware has changed since our last review of a Thecus product, featuring completely new or revised old utilities. Its modular design allows to easily configure the NAS since software updates do not affect the main OS. The extra software services include a browse-based file manager, a file download system, integration with cloud storage services, backup tools and an antivirus. Thanks to the video output, the Thecus N2800 can act as a media player with support for modern video formats, although the current version of that service needs polishing off.
The Thecus N2800 can be interesting for home and SOHO users who need high performance and basic NAS functionality. Most importantly, it is considerably less expensive than its competitors with similar hardware configurations.