Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE

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The Thecus N7710-G measures 32.0 x 21.0 x 27.0 cm or 12.6 x 8.3 x 10.6 inches (H x W x D), giving it a total volume of just 18.1 Liters. With a mostly steel construction, it weighs a substantial 8.4 kgs or 18.5 lb when empty. It's much bigger than 4-bay devices like the QNAP TS-469L and the HP MicroServer Gen8, especially in height, as the drives are oriented horizontally.

Just below the drives is a small LCD that displays basic information like the IP address, RAID status, temperature, etc. Accompanying it is a control system that can be used to access some basic functionality but it's a pain to use with only up and down buttons to scroll through all the options. Entering in numbers is especially arduous.

The door swings out to reveal seven hot swap bays. Oddly enough there is no locking mechanism on the door, but each tray is equipped with one.

In operation, each drive has its own white power LED.

The drive caddies are fairly standard design with thin (useless) anti-vibration strips on each side.

The backplane is surprisingly open, providing every drive with a moderate amount of airflow.

The motherboard occupies the top portion of the case with the expansion slot (populated by the 10 GbE NIC) at the top and the 300W power supply at the bottom. Two 92 mm fans exhaust hot air out of the system. The board has VGA and HDMI outputs, two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, and a pair of gigabit ethernet RJ45 connectors.

The bottom is solid but interestingly, one of the case feet is not in line with the others, seemingly pushed to the side by the aluminum corner.

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