Removing AS1002T from its packaging, at the front we are greeted by a classy design which features a diamond-etched aesthetic. Both sides of this NAS unit bear no significant features and are just plain.
Along with the diamond-etched design, there is a gold ASUSTOR logo in the top-right corner and a stack of vertically aligned features. At the bottom there is a USB 3.0 port and further up there is an infrared panel for use with a remote, along with activity LEDs for power, activity, network and HDD. So where is the power button? Its on the reverse!
Spinning the unit round, on the rear-side there is a large power button in the top-right corner with a pin press factory reset button. ASUSTOR have included a 70mm cooling fan inside the AS1002T to provide some cooling for the internal components and hard drive storage. Immediately next to the fan there is a single USB 3.0 port and below this we have a gigabit LAN port for network connectivity.
At the bottom there is a DC-in port for use with the power pack and over on the left there is a Kensington lock allocation.
At the top and bottom of the NAS unit there are thumbscrews to gain access to the inside.
Flipping the AS1002T onto its side, we have a group of four rubber pads to keep the unit stable when placed on smooth surfaces towards the front there is some ventilation cut-outs and towards the back there is a specifications label featuring the serial number, MAC address and other indepth detailing.