There are quite a few players on the NAS market, but it can definitely be said that Synology and QNAP are the two brands to beat. There are many interesting products from other manufacturers as well, but none are as comprehensive and high-end as the NAS devices from those two. They are almost in a league of their own, but now there's a new kid on the block. Asustor, a subsidiary of ASUS and Adata that has former employees of QNAP, is making an attempt to join that exclusive crowd with the Asustor AS-604T.
We encountered Asustor for the first time at last year's Computex, and again at this year's CES. Today we are reviewing the first product from them. The Asustor AS-604T is a 4-bay NAS devices that runs on an Intel Atom D2700 processor. It's part of the 6 series, and this model is also available with two, six or eight disks. They all come with 1 GB of RAM, which you can upgrade to 3 GB if you add a 2 GB SO-DIMM module. The SO-DIMM slot is easy to access by opening the NAS.
All models, except for the 2-bay AS-602T, have a display in the front that shows you the status. With the menu buttons next to it you can change some settings and access different kinds of information. It's really nice to have in cases when you lose network connectivity.
On the back there's one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port, four USB 2.0 ports, two Ethernet ports and two eSATA connectors. The power supply is internal. While each hard disk sits in its own tray, it's not possible to lock them. All things considered the Asustor makes a solid impression.