Asustor AS 6 series NAS hands-on

Computex 2012 is being flooded with laptops, tablets, and hybrids by ASUS, but the company has one more thing up its sleeve: a new NAS product. This will mark the first time that ASUS has decided to enter the NAS market, an interesting move, and the range seems to have all the features one would expect. Military grade 256-bit encryption is on board, plus support for 2.5- and 3.5-inch HDDs, including SSDs.

We took a quick peek at the 4-bay model at Computex, which features support for four USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a single USB 3.0 port, and curiously an HDMI port. Presumably any media content that is stored on the NAS can be streamed out via the HDMI port to a TV. There's also a single USB 3.0 port on the front of the device.

The series will be powered by an Intel dual-core Atom processor and 1GB of RAM that can be upgraded up to 3GB. The line will feature cross-platform sharing support for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and feature support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10. Several models will be made available, ranging from 2-bays up to 8-bays. Once again, there's no word on pricing or availability just yet.