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Exterior Design

As with accessories, it is impossible to come across anything new in the exterior design of NASes. Like its opponents, this one has a mini-PC-like case measuring 24x20x16.5 centimeters. The black matte aluminum enclosure is complemented with a black glossy plastic front panel that has a meshed door for accessing the HDDs. To the left of it, there is a vertical strip of indicators (Power, Status, LAN and WAN activity, Error) together with a USB port and a Power button. At the bottom of the front panel there is a 2-line display and four buttons. The activity and status indicator of each HDD is located on the corresponding HDD frame and can only be seen after you open the door.

The above-mentioned display is always highlighted in blue, which may be uncomfortable. Despite its size and as many as four buttons, there is little it can do. Its main purpose it to report system information such as the NAS’s network name, network addresses of the LAN and WAN ports, RAID status, fan speed, system temperature, current time and uptime duration. Then, it can also be used to copy information from the USB drive plugged into the front port into a new subfolder that is created in the USBcopy public folder. For some reason, this feature does not work until you assign correct access rights to this public folder. Besides that, the display is used to confirm a shutdown of the NAS. Although an interesting feature, this display might be more functional.

A 92mm fan for cooling the HDDs is located at the back panel. It is unclear why the developer chose a fan of such a modest size. The fan grid is obviously larger. At the bottom of the back panel there is a connector of the integrated power adapter that has a dedicated 40mm cooler. Well, you won’t care about the size of the fans if they are effective and quiet. Also on the back panel there are two LAN ports and two USB 2.0 ports.

The cooling system of this NAS is rather simple. The air goes in through the grid in the front door and is then exhausted by the two above-mentioned fans (ADDA AD0912MX-A76GL and ADDA AD0412MB-G70 models). I have no doubts about cooling efficiency but the rather loud noise may make the NAS inappropriate for home applications although this will also depend on the employed HDDs and the place the NAS is installed in.

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