The overall look of the TS-469L does not deviate from the standard appearance of QNAP devices for the past half-decade: a black, plastic faceplate with an aluminum case behind it. Activity LEDs indicating network, disk, and power activity are on the top of the faceplate, with the four drive bays beneath them. A power button is of course present, as well as a USB 2.0 port with the copy button, great for quickly backing up a USB storage device.
The drive cages are the same, too. They easily slide out for drive installation, and then clamp back in. There’s no lock or restraint beyond a simple snap clip. The inside of the drive cage has the SATA backplane.
The rear has lots of ports. In the top left is the power port, and a pair of fans for the PSU and motherboard, respectively, are in the center. On the right, from the top to bottom are an HDMI port, VGA connector, two USB 3.0 ports, two sets of an Ethernet port and two USB 2.0 ports, and lastly two eSATA ports. A lock slot is on the bottom toward the middle of the case. Rubber feet are on the bottom, keeping the unit in place no matter the surface on which it is placed.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.