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Thecus N5550: a versatile NAS with HDMI media player

Thecus completed today its line of NAS for the general public and small businesses with a new five-bay model, the N5550, which bet in versatility.

All indications points that the new Thecus N5550 is a variant of the five-bay N2800 and N4800 launched in mid-January.

Like them, it does have audio outputs, VGA, but more important HDMI that works as a media player for living room once connected to your TV or audio equipment and the appropriate software module installed, or to be managed independently, using a keyboard and a mouse. Details of supported formats is unfortunately not provided, although it is decisive in the choice of such a device.

The Intel Atom model is not specified, but the availability of an HDMI output reveals that this is a next generation Cedar Trail model, probably the same dual core D2700 as its predecessors. It has a 2Gb very comfortable of DDR3 RAM 2 GB. It also offers USB 3.0 connectivity, accelerating the copies to or from an external storage, eSATA, and a less common dual Gigabit Ethernet.

Its firmware has the particularity of having a McAfee antivirus, a Acronis True Image backup solution, to support the external CD/DVD/Blu-ray (burning files or ISO images), and in besides the usual it supports multiple RAID modes, multiple file systems, the iSCSI connectivity with Android or iOS applications, etc..

The Thecus N5550 will be released this week with a retail price of $690 without hard disks.

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