Date: January 14th, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thecus
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The outward appearance of the N3200 Pro is identical to that of its predecessor, and that's not a bad thing. The design is simple yet elegant and small enough that it won't take up a lot of desk space. Construction is lightweight but sturdy, too.
At the bottom is an LCD screen (more on this later), with status lights for LAN, WAN, and each HDD below it. One USB port is available for connecting devices such as flash drives, printers, or wireless adapters. The circular power button and navigation buttons round out this area.
A large exhaust fan around back provides cooling, and the remaining ports and connectors are also found in this area. LAN, WAN, USB, and eSATA ports are available, as well as a reset button and power connector. The expansion slot is once again present on this updated model, but I'm still not able to find any information about its possible uses.
Four elongated rubber feet keep the NAS in place once it finds a home on your desk. This design has not changed either, and from my experience with the original N3200 I can tell you that the NAS definitely won't be shifting or sliding around once it's in place.
The front panel is removed by first sliding it up to release it, and then pulling it straight out. The interior is nice and open and the drive rails are already in place, removable via thumbscrews. Keep in mind that since this is a home NAS, there are no locks or other security measures to prevent the drives from being removed.
That about does it for the basics so let's get some drives installed and see what this NAS can really do.