When it comes to the NAS itself, the AS5008T follows the ASUSTOR recipe. This NAS looks identical to its older sibling the AS-608T with only a few differences. First, we already mentioned that it shed the LCD display and the controls that go along with it. The rest is pretty much the same.
Up front you find the familiar ASUSTOR drive trays configured with four trays in each of two columns. ASUSTOR drive trays are still my favorite design to date. Each tray is sturdy, constructed of steel, and garnished with plastic. The drive trays remove easily, sport LEDs for activity and power, and feature an easy release locking mechanism. Again, there are no visual ques anywhere that suggest which drive tray is which drive number in your storage pool, and thus the recycled image from our AS-608T review.
Outside of the drive trays, there really isn’t much going on in the front. You have your Power button and LED indicator, your activity LED, network activity LEDs, a One Touch Backup Button, and a USB 3.0 Port.
The sides are barren of any detail, the bottom has feet.
Around back we find two large 120mm cooling fans, the PSU, S/PDIF port, dual eSATA, four Ethernet Ports, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 Ports, and an HDMI 1.4a port.
Table of Contents
- Exterior Features
- Internal Features
- Mobile Applications
- Initial Configuration
- Administration: Continued
- Benchmarking: Avatar Benchmark
- Benchmarking: MP3 Transfer Benchmark
- Benchmarking: 2GB Transfer Benchmark
- Benchmarking: Intel NASPT
- Benchmarking: IOMeter
- Benchmarking: CrystalDiskMark
- Final Thoughts