The box in which the QNAP TS-109 Pro arrives in a very professional-looking box which details the units merits, such as gigabit Ethernet, a PHP web server, SATA II, and support for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It says it can function as a file server, backup server, printer server, database server, and more. It also touts a 500 MHz System-on-a-Chip with 128 MB of DDR2 memory. The back of the box has even more information, as well as a diagram of all of the possible configurations of this incredible unit. It also touts the excellent speed, noise generation, and power consumption (6.6 to 14.4 W!).
The TS-109 was quite well-packed in the box, ensuring a safe delivery. Included in the box are the TS-109, stand feet, software CD, screws, an Ethernet cable, instructions, and a power supply with an adapter for international outlets to plug into North American outlets. However, the AC adapter can use a standard power supply cable. The instructions are in English, Korean, and Japanese.
The TS-109 honestly looks like a hard drive enclosure on steroids. Seriously. It stands approximately six inches tall and is gunmetal in color. It's not terribly heavy, but it's not light, either.
Two feet help the unit stand vertically, saving space and helping with air flow. The unit has no fans-I'd imagine it gets quite hot. We'll see, or feel, rather, later in the review.
The front has two buttons, a USB port, and a number of status LEDs. The power button obviously starts the unit, and the copy button copys the contents of whatever USB mass storage device is plugged into the front USB port. The LEDs indicate unit status, HDD activity, eSATA activity, LAN activity, and power status.
The rear has a few ports: Ethernet (it's gigabit, folks!), two USB, an eSATA, and power. It also has a Kensington lock port to keep it physically secure. The two USB ports are host-meaning one can plug in additional hard drives or flash drives, and the eSATA serves the same purpose. I'll be connecting an eSATA drive later in the review.