NAS devices have come a long way in the past several years. What used to be a bunch of hard drives plugged into a motherboard with an Ethernet NIC and a power port, running a stripped down Linux kernel with a few fileshare services running has expanded to these comparative monstrosities with connectivity galore: USB ports, eSATA ports, multiple NICs, and now HDMI. A NAS isn’t so much a NAS any longer: it’s a multimedia computer not just suited for the office closet, but for the living room, as well.
The QNAP TS-469L, combined with QTS 4.0.1, wants to be in your living room. It wants to be your multimedia machine, storing the things you want to see on your television, be those things cast from your laptop, HTPC, or streaming device, or shown directly from the device itself.
In this review, we’ll go into light depth on many of the features of the QNAP TS-469L, but also QTS 4.0.1, as this is the first QNAP product review we’ve done since the overhauled firmware was released several weeks ago.
Features and Specifications
|CPU||Intel® Atom™ 2.13 GHz Dual-core Processor|
|DRAM||1GB RAM (Expandable RAM, up to 3GB)
1. The system memory can be increased to 3GB by installing an additional 1GB/2GB SO-DIMM RAM module.
2 .For the information of RAM module installation and compatible NAS models, please refer to the QNAP RAM Module Installation Guide
|Flash Memory||512MB DOM|
|Hard Disk Drive||4 x 3.5” or 2.5” SATA 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD
1. The system is shipped without HDD.
2. For the HDD compatibility list, please visithttp://www.qnap.com/en/index.php?sn=3877&lang=en
|Hard Disk Tray||4 x Hot-swappable tray|
|LAN Port||2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port|
|LED Indicators||Status, LAN, USB, eSATA, Power, HDD 1, HDD 2, HDD 3, HDD 4|
|USB||2 x USB 3.0 port (Back: 2)
5x USB 2.0 port (Front: 1; Back: 4)
Support USB printer, pen drive, USB hub, and USB UPS etc.
|eSATA||2 x eSATA port (Back)|
|Buttons||System: Power button, USB One-Touch-Backup Button, Reset button|
|Alarm Buzzer||System warning|
|Dimensions||177 (H) x 180 (W) x 235 (D) mm
6.97 (H) x 7.09 (W) x 9.25 (D) inch
|Weight||Net weight: 3.65 kg (8.04 lbs)
Gross weight: 4.65 kg (10.24 lbs)
|Sound Level (dB)||HDD sleep: 13.7 dB
In operation: 22.4 dB
(with 4 x 500GB HDDs installed)
|Power Consumption (W)||Sleep mode: 25W
Power-off (in WOL mode): 1W
(with 4 x 500GB HDD installed)
|Power Supply||Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, Output: 250W|
|Secure Design||K-lock security slot for theft prevention|
|VGA||Reserved VGA interface for maintenance|
|Fan||1 x quiet cooling fan (9 cm, 12V DC)|
Full specifications are listed on the product page.
The QNAP TS-469L comes in a white box, a welcome deviation from the black boxes of yore. The TS-469L is marketed at the small and medium business market, as well as the prosumer home market, and its feature set highlights reflect that: DLNA and VMWare compatibility, HDMI out, and much more. The sides and rear of the box try to fit as much of the features and specifications list in it as possible.
QNAP has always had excellent packaging, and this unit is no exception. Protective cardboard and styrofoam everywhere. The package includes the NAS itself, two Ethernet cables, a remote control (!!), a power cable, two bags of screws (one for 3.5” drives and one for 2.5” drives), a CD-ROM with firmware, and a quick start guide.
For a full video unboxing and overview be sure to check out our video below!
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.