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    Asustor AS6602T (LockerStor 2) review: This NAS box is a super streamer

    Asustor’s NAS-box choices proceed to impress, with the $399, two-bay, AS6602T (LockerStor 2) being the newest to return by way of the lab. It sports activities a extra business-like look than the not too long ago reviewed AS5202T (Nimbustor 2), and it provides M.2 NVMe slots for caching SSDs to the combo.

    It’s the identical high-quality, 2.5GbE product as its cousin at its core, however NVMe caching is pricey overkill for the house setting. 

    Design and specs

    At first look, I used to be much more impressed with the the business-like styling of the AS6202T than the “gamer-oriented” look of the AS5202T. The entrance remains to be black, however with a matte end, and the all-metal shell is pewter. It jogs my memory of QNAP again within the day, however with extra sculpting and defntely extra model. It’s a really impressive-looking field.

    What’s inside is equally spectacular. There’s 4GB of DDR4-2400 reminiscence and a latest- gen Intel Celeron J4125 CPU operating at 2GHz. There’s a second SODIMM slot if you wish to develop the reminiscence to 8GB. And to leap the gun on the efficiency dialogue, an funding in further reminiscence versus NVMe may ship a greater return than for many customers.

    The two 3.5-inch bays function push-button launch and are combo metallic/plastic relatively than the pure plastic that the majority bins this worth use. There are not any quick-change rails, however I’ll take the small trouble of screws if it means metallic over lastic. 

    The entrance of the AS6602T hosts the ability button, a single 5Gbps Type-A USB port, and the everyday energy and drive standing/exercise LEDs. On the again, are two 2.5GbE (RJ45) ethernet ports that may be aggregated for higher efficiency. There are additionally two further 5Gbps Type-A USB ports, an HDMI 2.0a output, a Kensington lock port, and a barrel-shaped energy jack.

    Asustor

    Asustor outfits the AS6602T with twin 2.5GbE ports, in addition to twin 5Gbps USB ports and a 4K HDMI output for exterior shows.

    As with the not too long ago reviewed Synology DS720+, the AS6602T has two M.2/NVMe slots for SSDs. Unlike the easy-access panels on Synology’s field, the AS6602T requires that you simply take away the shell and a PCIe adapter card to put in them. The Synology strategy takes lower than a minute, the Asustor 5 to 10 minutes. That’s probably not an enormous deal since putting in SSDs is more likely to be a one-time operation—for those who do it in any respect—however it’s value mentioning.

    This overview is a part of TechHive’s protection of the best NAS boxes for media streaming and shopper backup, the place you’ll discover evaluations of competing merchandise, plus a purchaser’s information to the options it is best to take into account when purchasing for any such product.

    OS and apps

    Asustor calls its Linux-based windows-in-a-browser working system Asustor Data Master, and whereas it’s not fairly as mature as these delivered by QNAP and Synology, it’s darn shut—and getting nearer.

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