We have watched Thecus grow over the years and throughout this time, we have had the opportunity to watch them grow as company, and we also have had the opportunity to test out a number of products from Thecus' lineup. We began with the N5200 Pro, followed shortly by the N4100 Pro. Spring of last year we had a feel for Thecus' first dabble into more affordable network attached storage solutions with the three drive N3200 Pro. Now....

We began with the N5200 Pro and found it to be simply an amazing product. It had it all: features, ease of use and well, it was of course fast. Unfortunately it did also come with a hefty price tag, and was perhaps unnecessary for the average household. Early 2009 we looked at Thecus' N4100 Pro, the N5200 Pro's four bay counterpart; it could accommodate one less hard drive, packed less processing power, less memory, and was generally a scaled down version of the N5200 Pro, we found it to also be an excellent product, and by no means did performance disappoint. Its lower price point made it more attractive for mainstream users but still however it was still quite an expensive product. As you can imagine, our review today is of the N3200 Pro which as Thecus' nomenclature suggests, houses three hard drives and accordingly, is scaled down from the N4100 Pro.

Thecus is with us again with the N0503. If you have followed us through our past Thecus reviews, or are familiar with Thecus products this one today might need a bit of an explanation as it does break naming convention and is a bit of a unique product.

The N0503, also known as the Combo NAS accommodates either three regular 3.5" hard drives or five 2.5" hard drives. One cannot of course use both 3.5" drives and 2.5" drives at the same time.

Thecus N0503

Thecus, founded in 2004, aims to bridge the gap between the digital home and networking with high quality, high performance products and innovation. Focused on hardware and software integration, Thecus aims to provide easy to use media storage solutions to allow even greater network connectivity in the home and office environment.

Technological advancements and innovation has done wonders for the modern computer. I do not intend to merely state this trite or to assure readers of my grasp of the obvious, but instead shift our focus beyond raw numbers. More astonishing than computing power, storage space or the number of pixels that can fit on a screen is perhaps the application of such advancements. A few short years ago, network attached storage drives for the home would have been unheard of, the terabyte would have required a massive array of drives, portable mass storage would have still been in its infancy, and let's not forget the convenience of carrying one's entire music collection in ones pocket; not too long ago, this too would have been laughable. With so many so many options available to the average consumer, why network storage drives? The answer is simple: access and availability. Network attached storage units, or NAS units function as individual computer systems attached to a home network. They have their own processor, own memory, own operating system, they are designed for handling storage and storage oriented functions- nothing else. This not only cuts down on the amount of processing a system accessing the NAS would need to do, but also serve as a reliable center of a small network or affordable expansion to an existing network.

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