then fail to perform any tests with Plex transcoding
Yeah, I was just thinking, it may be nice but for that price you'd think it would be fast enough to do transcoding for plex but the specs don't look good enough for that.
For the last two years many of the Intel SoC processors feature extensions that accelerate transcoding and other multimedia tasks. Yes, the system can transcode Plex just fine. The system outputs to UHD just fine as well.
I do have modern Synology systems with Intel processors on hand. I have them from every NAS manufacture. If you guys want more coverage on the software side I'll take that back to the staff and push for enhanced coverage. I don't have a problem writing ten page reviews. I used to do at least one a month back in the day.
As for wiping the systems down, there is a reason for that. The piano black systems show finger prints and dusk like you wouldn't believe. It will scratch with a regular paper towel. I try to show the fingerprints and other undesirables that build up after two weeks use in a lab.
Yes I wrote it. It's a wonderful system. I even deployed it in a room to use as a media center.
Yeah, that was a rhetorical question, but that opening paragraph reads like corporate boilerplate and seems irrelevant to the review. And it's in bold. I skimmed the rest of the review and seemed quite gushy, thus my comment...
How would this stand up to the Synology 916+? That's the model I was planning on buying. With 8GB, it's $599. Also, I'm curious as to why you didn't test with link aggregation. I mean, that's a main point of buying something like this if you can nearly double your transfer speed.
It seems pretty similar in features and hardware to the Asustor AS-6204T. So I wouldn't say it's currently unmatched in its price category.
They both stands HDMI, SPDIF, support link aggregation, etc. I'm just curious on the difference between the Thecus optimized version of Kodi and the Asustor one...
I think it's quite similar to the Asustor AS-6204T, so I wouldn't say it's "unmatched in features and quality". Both of them have the multimedia features (hdmi & spdif + kodi & plex), link aggregation (to go above 1Gbps), the possibility to extend the memory to 8GB and a good catalog of apps...