Asus­tor AS6302T ..................................................

THIS CUT DOWN AP­PLI­ANCE IS NEARLY AS CA­PA­BLE AS THE FOUR BAY VER­SION, BUT THE PRICE IS HARDER TO SWAL­LOW

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T he Asus­tor AS6302T isn’t that di er­ent to the Labs-win­ning 6404T – the most ob­vi­ous di er­ence be­ing that it has two drive bays rather than four. This isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing, as it re­duces noise and power con­sump­tion, and makes for an agree­ably com­pact case. The trade-o , of course, is ver­sa­til­ity: a mir­rored RAID1 ar­ray is your only sen­si­ble op­tion. The LCD dis­play and con­trol but­tons are also gone. You’re still left with coloured LEDs in­di­cat­ing power, net­work and drive ac­tiv­ity, plus a one-click copy but­ton, with its own ac­tiv­ity light, for the front-fac­ing USB 3 port. Even so, the ap­pli­ance feels more like a generic black box.

In­side, the AS6302T is pow­er­ful, but slightly less so than its larger sib­ling. It comes with a dual-core Celeron in­stead of a quad-core CPU, and only 2GB of RAM in­stalled – though you can re­place the supplied 1GB DDR3L SODIMMs with 4GB mod­ules to bring it up to par­ity with the AS6404T.

In prac­tice, there’s plenty of power for stan­dard NAS du­ties, and since the AS6302T runs the same ADM sys­tem soft­ware as the AS6404T, you get the same ex­ten­sive range of apps and ser­vices. That in­cludes the Asus Cloud Con­nect ser­vice, Surveillance Sta­tion, nu­mer­ous backup and cloud sync op­tions, and video stream­ing from Plex, Kodi and oth­ers.

You can also take ad­van­tage of the full gamut of lo­cal ap­pli­ca­tions and me­dia ca­pa­bil­i­ties be­cause the HDMI and S/ PDIF con­nec­tors at the rear re­main in place, along­side two USB 3 ports and twin Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net ports. Even the USB-C con­nec­tor has sur­vived the shrink.

On pa­per, it all looks good – a cheaper, more com­pact way to get the same core ca­pa­bil­i­ties as the four-bay model. The stick­ing point is the price. For the same price you could buy a Synol­ogy DS216j and pop­u­late it with a 4TB drive.

And yes, as with the AS6404T, there’s a case to be made that splash­ing out on an up­mar­ket ap­pli­ance pays o in the long run in terms of fu­ture-proof­ing. But when we’re talk­ing about a two-bay drive with a lesser dual-core pro­ces­sor, the ar­gu­ment isn’t so per­sua­sive. As much, there­fore, as we would love to rec­om­mend the ter­rif­i­cally ca­pa­ble AS6320T, we’ll have to wait un­til the price drops.

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