Thecus has formally launched the N7510 network-attached storage device, which has the potential to pack more storage space than any other NAS unit on the market.
The N7510 is part of the same series as its 2-bay N2800
, 4-bay N4800
and N4510U, but is in a league of its own.
With an Intel Atom processor as the heart, the product boasts 2 GB of DDR3 system RAM (random access memory) and SATA III support (SATA 6.0 Gbps).
Indeed, all seven bays can house 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives featuring that connection, though backwards compatibility with SATA II is present as well.
That said, owners will have the option to select up to three multiple RAID modes from the following list: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, JBOD.
For those who aren't versed in such things, RAID is a way of combining one or more drives in order to attain higher performance and security.
Speaking of which, McAfee antivirus protection is installed on the N7510
, particularly useful when trying to access it with a PC or consumer electronic that lacks defense of its own.
Moving on, Thecus outfitted the newcomer with an HDMI output, permitting HDTVs or smart TVs to stream media without a PC's help.
As for normal connectivity, a pair of USB 3.0 ports is part of the NAS's I/O, along with a 6 Gbps eSATA port.
We'd love to be able to provide a price for the 7-bay NAS, but Thecus' press release did not specify one. It did, however, promise that “this NAS will offer lots of power and lots of storage capacity without spending lots of money.”
Then again, even if the NAS itself is cheap, the large-capacity HDDs needed to fill it definitely won't be, even with the worst of last year's flood consequences over and done with.