ASUSTOR makes some of the most versatile NAS systems for consumers and businesses alike. The brand pioneered many technologies that others emulate to stay in the game, but perfect, its NAS designs are not. We take a look at the AS3104T to see what improvements have been done, what are the lessons learnt, and what innovations ASUSTOR brings to the table this time around.
The AS3104T’s stylish diamond-plate finish is typical of NAS makers. However, it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, and its overall design is not one of our favorites.
Thumb screws are the prominent fasteners when it comes to the AS3104T. They hold the cover onto the unit, as well as the hard drives that are installed within the unit. Although they technically qualify as tool-less, it’s hardly a modern implementation. While they look good, you’ll have to remove plenty of screws to install or replace HDDs in this unit, whereas other NAS designs utilize trays with snapon fasteners.
If you can look past the design quirks, you are going to find one of the best performing NAS systems available to date. Its processing power comes from an Intel Celeron 1.6GHz dual-core processor, which is then paired with 2GB of DDR3L memory for a NAS that is fast, responsive, and versatile.
The versatility of the AS3104T is most evident in its selection of apps. The number of apps available for the device ranges from media players, to browsers, and server software. In fact, you can connect the NAS to a monitor or TV display via an HDMI cable, plug in a keyboard and mouse, and have yourself an ADM-powered PC (ASUSTOR’s own OS) capable of productivity applications and web browsing.
Setup was simple. Although ASUSTOR recommends that users download the application from the official site and configure the NAS from there, we find that accessing the NAS and installing it through the network to be much easier.
The 4-bay AS3104T NAS fares very well in our tests. Read and write speeds averaged at 100MB/s. We also find the Mac OS-like user interface to be very user friendly.