We frequently test NAS devices from different brands on Hardware.Info, from very basic one-disk models to powerhouse storage solutions for businesses and avid collectors. The NAS we are reviewing today falls into the latter category, the Thecus TopTower N8850 is a fast NAS with room for eight disks.
We happen to also be in the process of testing the Synology DS2413+, a NAS with an Intel Atom processor and space for 12 disks. It's as silent as can be and looks very minimal from the outside. The contrast with the Thecus NAS couldn't be more stark.
It has a solid metal case, a lit-up display, and a very visible strip on the front that indicates when the system starts up or if there's a problem. Each disk has its own lock. This NAS is clearly audible, and while it's not load, it's definitely noisier than the Synology we just mentioned. We would not want this right next to our desk.
It's a very different NAS, however, and more powerful, running on an Intel Core i3-2120 (Sandy Bridge) as opposed to the Atom in the Synology