I last took a look at an ASUSTOR NAS back in February, when the company sent over their Intel-powered AS5104T (review) and AS5004T (review) models. These mid-range models are certainly more expensive than today’s subject, the ASUSTOR AS1004T NAS which, at just $289.00, is one of the lowest priced four-bay network attached storage devices around.
ASUSTOR, the NAS specialist division of electronics giant ASUS, has now built out an impressive array of storage devices, with desktop and rack-mounted options to suit a range of budgets. The AS1004T and two-bay AS1002T are the company’s new entry-level models, offering high-capacity storage and an impressive suite of features at a value price.
The AS1004T is powered by a dual-core Marvell ARMADA-385 1 GHz processor paired with 512 MB RAM (non-expandable). With huge capacity 8 TB hard drives supported, you can equip the NAS with up to 32 TB storage space, with the usual RAID options available (Single disk, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10).
While several of ASUSTOR’s fancier tricks – particularly with regard to Home Entertainment – are only available on Intel-based models, there’s still a swathe of features available on these budget devices to support the home. Let’s take a look at how they stack up.
What’s in the Box?
The ASUSTOR AS1004 ships in a compact, branded box without hard drives. You’ll need to purchase and install these separately, which is par for the course for a NAS device.
Inside the box, you’ll find:
- ASUSTOR AS1004T NAS
- Power adapter
- Hard drive screws
- Ethernet Cable
- Quick Start Guide
- Resources CD
The AS1004T sees ASUSTOR introduce a diamond etched front-panel which improves consistency with ASUS’ overarching hardware design. It provides a little visual interest in what is otherwise a simple, plain black box.
The chassis is of a plastic construction – less premium than ASUSTOR’s more expensive models but tough enough to withstand bumps and knocks. The front panel includes small status indicators on the left side for power, system status, network and drive access (a single LED, rather than individual lights for each drive). A front facing USB 3.0 port allows easy connection of external storage devices and peripherals.