Not just a boring NAS box
There usually isn't anything inherently sexy about Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, not unless you're really into storage chores and get unusually excited about the prospect of backing up data. Newer generation NAS boxes, however, are proving much more than just simple backup solutions. Asustor's new AS 3 Series, for example, boasts a wealth of multimedia functionality, including support for Full HD 1080p video playback.
According to Asustor, a subsidiary of Asus, its new AS 3 Series NAS devices are the first in its class to come equipped with Intel Atom 1.6GHz dual-core processors along with 1GB of DDR3 memory. These parts apply to both its 2-bay AS-302T and 4-bay AS-304T models.
Both boxes feature an HDMI port and a 3.5mm audio jack, which you can take advantage of by installing the XBMC multimedia player app from Asustor's App Central. There's also an infrared receiver to use with an optional remote control.
"The AS 3 Series devices provides users with one of the top price-to-performance ratios in its class and are the only devices in the segment to feature high performance Intel dual-core processors and audio jacks," said Johnny Chen , Product Manager at Asustor. "With its combination of storage, backup, file sharing and powerful multimedia applications along with an array of industry-first features, the AS 3 Series is sure to meet the diverse demands of the market while bringing users exceptional value for their money."
Asustor's NAS boxes support a number of volume types, including single disk, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, and RAID 10. They also support internal and external drive hibernation.
No mention yet of price or availability.