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.
QNAP has released the Turbo NAS TS-x21 and TS-x20 series of network attached storage devices. The TS-x21 series is powered by a 2.0 GHz CPU and 1GB of DDR3 memory. The TS-x20 series is a step down being powered by a 1.6 GHz CPU and 512 MB of DDR3 memory. Both of these devices are idea of home and small business setups for file storage, sharing, data backup and media servers.
QNAP, Inc. launches its latest mid level NAS Series, the TS-x69 Pro and TS-x69L Series with XBMC. The TS-x69 Pro and L series are powered by an Intel Atom 2.13 GHz Dual-Core processor with expandable memory up to 3GB. The XBMC Media Center feature allows users to directly connect the NAS through their TV’s HDMI port for direct media playback. Users can now watch their favorite movies, videos, listen to their favorite music, and view their photos directly on their TV. With XBMC, users can also manage their video library, create/manage their own personal music playlists and create their own photo slideshows.
QNAP Systems is well-liked around these ThinkComputers parts. We loved its TS-109 Pro, TS-209 Pro II, TS-409U, TS-439U, and TS-809 Pro. This year at CES, QNAP showed off two major new series of products: the NMP-1000 network media player and the TS-x59 series of consumer-oriented home NAS devices.
QNAP’s network attached storage devices are known for stability, versatile features, and great support from the few-year-old Taiwanese company. This time around, we’re reviewing TS-439U-RP, a 1U rackmount, dual power supply, dual NIC, dual OS, and four bay NAS aimed at the small business and corporate sector. It can serve up files via SMB, AFP, NFS, FTP, and a variety of other alphabet-soup protocols. It can stream audio and video to gaming consoles, backup to cloud services, and so much more. ThinkComputers has the review.
ThinkComputers has an outstanding appreciation for QNAP’s network attached storage devices. We really liked the TS-109 Pro and TS-209 Pro II, and recommended highly the TS-409U rackmount unit. QNAP’s back with the TS-809 Pro, an eight bay tower NAS with dual Ethernet interfaces, five USB ports, and a serial and VGA port. This beast sports a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, plus a feature new to QNAP’s devices: PC-less installation. ThinkComputers has the review.
I spent an afternoon at the Sands this year, something which I was unable to do last year. The Sands exhibitors’ are comprised of primarily foreign exhibitors. Many are Taiwanese; in fact, there’s an entire section of the floor dedicated to Taiwanese companies. There are a few from China, a few from Japan, a few from Canada, and a few from Europe. I visited the boothes of CoolIT, Lian Li, QNAP, Seventeam, Super Talent, and Zotac.