Summary: I like this product so far, I wish I could give it a half egg so it could be 3.5 instead of 4...the unit is good and deserves better than 3 stars but not quite deserving of 4 until I consider I spent < 100.00 for this. The cloud stuff is clunky and not why I bought this product so I will not call it a pro or con...I was able to get it to function and might re-visit it but I didn't have time to make sure it was secure and reliable.
Pros: Easy drive installation, using QFinder app initial setup was easy, basic functionality is pretty nice. I am running a 4 TB RAID 1 array with better *consistent* throughput that any USB 3.0 drive OR a 2TB RAID 5 array installed in my PC. In the cons section I discuss some issues with video streaming/transcoding and the ability of this unit to multi-task but I was impressed with the iTunes sharing for my music collection. I copied my music (200 GB), set up Media Monkey ...
Cons: Do not expect a multimedia powerhouse. Very limited CPU and memory make this a nice network attached storage device, but the extra stuff is limited or barely functional. I installed and configured sabnzbd on it and was limited in download speed to 1.5 to 2.0 MB/s. Using the same news server my desktop keeps a steady 3.2 MB/s download going. CPU was pegged @ 96%. I was also copying more files to the NAS via Windows Explorer AND Media Monkey was indexing my music collec...
Summary: Overall I've been pretty happy with these units. If you need a simple network file share this would definitely fit the bill. If you're looking for something more high powered or need very high speeds you might want to look up the higher end models as it's pretty easy to max out the CPU in these. Some nice media sharing options built in and it was very easy to configure (plug it in, turn it on, use the qfinder app and follow the prompts to insert drives and configure).
Pros: Work well with a wide variety of drives, decent options for additional apps, very easy to setup and configure
Cons: Not the fastest NAS out there, limited RAM/CPU power for more demanding functions
Summary: The device itself has worked ok so far with nearly no hiccups in over a year, it did get a nice intuitive update to its management modile. I think support documentation could be better and also there is this cheap feel to their software (as nice as they have tried) that it is a copy-cat of Mac and Apple's GUI in general. but it def deserves a 4/5 star so far as I can tell 1.5 year into use.
Summary: I gave this unit a one egg review yesterday. Today I'm recanting. My DOA device was not DOA, but the QNAP Qfinder software that was supposed to run the initial configuration was failing. I finally ignored the setup instructions and went right to the unit's IP in my web browser after Qfinder identified the address. From there I was able to load the firmware and initialize my HDDs (that been failing miserably in the Qfinder setup process).
Pros: Nice GUI features, fast response times compared to earlier versions of small NAS devices. Easy user setup and security features.
Cons: Initial setup/configuration instructions were wrong.
Summary: I've put in several different drives with no problems. From WD to Seagate, even a Samsung (was in an apple time capsule) and none of them had any issues. Catching this on sale makes the deal even better. Only reason I gave 4 eggs is because I went through the setup (even wrote everything down in order not to forget) and then it wouldn't accept my password. After reading up on sites, I was able to reset everything and get back in to set it up manually.
Pros: Nice and compact, great interface, easy to connect over the WAN
Summary: Not sure about reliability. One out of three that I bought has a noisy fan (though not all the times). I use WD 4TB hdds on one of mines. The hdds are a little thicker than the regular hdds. They touch the top cover. Since the case is made out of plastic, it is easy to fix.
Pros: Affordable; intuitive installation; tons of apps; excellent dashboard
Summary: Not sure why another reviewer said it does not hold 2 hdds. It diefinitely does.
Pros: -Easy to set up with a slick web interface. I bought this to use as the primary media server in my house (videos, pictures, music etc) through regular Windows SMB network connections. -Streams HD media flawlessly -has a cool little 'app store' where you can download new apps to run on it. -Neat little app called "HappyGet" that lets you download videos directly from YouTube, Ted, Vimeo etc from your PC directly to your media server. -Makes a bit of noise, but really n...
Cons: -Boot up takes 3 or 4 minutes. -When you first set it up, it will clone the drives (took 36 hours for 3TB), even though the drives are blank -No WiFi -Documentation is a bit sketchy -Strange drive installation setup: One drive plugs directly into mainboard, one drive uses a strange cable that is difficult to position.
Summary: This is a great NAS for doing basic backups and/or storing media files. I had another "cheaper" NAS that I tried to run for a few months that kept constantly disconnecting and I just gave up on it. It has only been a few days, but this one has been rock solid. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a sticker on the box of this stating that it was actually a "free upgrade" to a 1.6GHz processor, not the 1.2GHz that is listed in the specs.
Pros: Easy to set-up, reasonably fast
Cons: No instructions with it-- took my a few minutes to realize how to install both hard drives into it.
Summary: Was pretty easy to install and the firmware updates were easy, also. Have been running it for a few months so far and it works well and I have had no issues with it. I put a solid state drive in it so that I don't have to worry very much about disk crashes. As a note, I only use it for a local network drop box so most of the other features have never been tried out.