When you are looking for a NAS with lots of features and outstanding performance, but can't afford the Synology and QNAP models, then the Thecus N5550 is an excellent alternative. The products by the aforementioned NAS makers may be just a little prettier, quieter and more thought-through, but as long as you don't mind that then the N5550 NAS device is a strong recommendation. The main drawbacks of the Thecus NAS are its noise level and relatively high energy consumption. These are things to take into consideration if you plan on having your NAS in the living room, taking advantage of the HDMI port in order to use it as a media player.
The capacity for five disks is perfect for lots of storage space and for starting small and gradually increase the number of disks. The USB 3.0 port makes it possible to synchronise your data with an external hard drive or USB-stick. The performance of the N5550 is excellent, even when using two network ports simultaneously. There are lots of features included in the software, including download modules for Bittorrent and NZB files, an IP camera module and Dropbox integration. Thecus also has various apps available for both iOS and Android. In a nutshell, this is an excellent NAS that definitely deserves the Hardware.Info Silver Award.