Thecus N7700PRO Network Storage ServerAug 22nd, 2010 | By Anthony
The N7700Pro ships in a very Thecus like box. Graphics, charts, lists and diagrams plaster each every side of the box and not a detail is missed. The box is also enormous. Given the retail price of the N7700Pro peaks over $1000 dollars it’s quite reasonable. In fact, I’d even gamble that one might just be able to roll the package down a short flight of stairs without too much worry. Though, we wouldn’t do it ourselves.
Inside, dwarfed by the towering N7700pro, we have a manual, documentation, cables, setup software and screws.
While the N7700Pro certainly isn’t pretty, its steel and brushed aluminum exterior speaks business. If that doesn’t convince you, perhaps the fact that its scale-tipping all metal construction weighing in at almost 20 pounds will.
In terms of appearance, the N7700Pro is a bit more refined than the past units we’ve seen. The front is finished with a drilled aluminum bezel and solid perforated aluminum door. Below we have the unmistakable Thecus LCM module and button controls. The front sports two USB v2.0 ports which allow the unit to interface with USB storage devices and printers.
The perforated door is released by pressing the upper left. Behind, we have access to the seven hard drive trays. The trays have been updated a bit since the N5200 and N4100 era with button releases alongside of the latch. The door of the unit cannot be locked, but the trays can each be individually locked.
Moving right along to the rear, we have a slot cover directly up top for accommodating expansion cards, or more specifically, a 10GbE card. Below, are two 92mm fans which are mounded directly behind the hard drives and on the side, we have two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a serial port for UPS communication, two more USB 2.0 connectors and a single eSATA connector.
Unlike many network attached storage products out there, Thecus makes no attempt to bar users from servicing their own products. There are no warranty void stickers and Thecus devices are designed to be easily disassembled. In fact, Thecus has even facilitated users by installing tool-less screws.
With the screws unfastened, the main board and everything attached to it simply side out. The mainboard is quite similar to other Thecus units we have seen in the past. That being, it more resembles a small form factor motherboard than a piece of networking equipment.
The motherboard can accommodate for two pieces of memory which the Thecus N7700Pro happens to ships with totaling 4GB. However users who feel that despite the fact that 4GB of system memory is among the most we’ve seen so far simply isn’t enough, it can be upgraded to any DDR2, non-ECC memory.
The same may go for the T5500 Core 2 Duo processor; however users would probably find little reason to do so.