What is the difference between being cheap, and being smart with your money? Being cheap is like asking a girl to go on a date, only to take her to IKEA for breakfast, Costco for lunch, and not worry about dinner, because you are not going to get it. Being smart with your money is like going to the dealership to buy a nice car, but only pay as close to invoice price as market conditions will allow. In both cases, saving money is the end goal, but the method you use, and the outcome of both is drastically different. If you have a hard time understanding why, please feel free to experiment with the first, but keep in mind I will not be responsible for anything that may happen to you. At the end of the day, it is important to grasp the concept of being smart with your money means to never sacrifice quality for cost. In the past, we have reviewed many network attached storage systems here at APH Networks. This includes the uber awesome but super pricey QNAP TS-470, ASUSTOR's competitive AS-202TE for the home, and even Thecus' sleek looking N2560. Here is the thing though: The lowest price of them all is still well over $200. Why must all NAS boxes have to be so expensive if I am just looking to store some files on my home network? The good people at Thecus asked the same question. To see if there is finally a solution to this problem, today, we are going to take a look at the N2310, which retails for a stunningly low price of just $125 at press time. Is this a prototype of being cheap, or an excellent example of how to be smart with your money? We set out to find the answer.