Summary: Bought this to use as a low power Linux home server, so I immediately installed Debian on it and have no comments about the stock firmware and software features of QNAP OS - this is just a hardware review. Overall, considering the price, I'm quite happy with it. It uses very little power (the main reason to use something like this versus an old PC), has two 3.5" SATA slots, Gigabit ethernet, and runs Debian Linux... yay! It's not perfect though.
Pros: - Low power usage - Small, neat looking unit - Allows use of armel Debian port, so it becomes a general purpose server - Serial port pinouts on motherboard, allowing serial interface to be attached
Cons: - Limited HD support (you have to do your homework first) - Fan is somewhat loud, even at low settings - Blinding blue leds - SoC's CPU lacks an FPU, so using Java applications like CrashPlan probably not practical - Use of serial interface requires hacking a serial interface into the case (doable, but not everyone's cup of tea)
It has really cools features and add-on apps. However ...
3 weeks ago
Summary: It has really cools features and add-on apps. However, it's a bit underpowered for all the things you can configure it to do so it's a bit unstable. It crashes fairly frequently when under load.
Summary: Don't use with over 4 people. Most newer MKV movies don't work with twonky media server some weird new codec is being used now. I upgraded to a TS451 for a home media server and it works great. Used RTRR to transfere data done in 4 days at 8MB/sec. The new unit delivers 50-80MB/s same drives and home network. Main reason for upgrade was plex server and hdmi port.
Pros: Easy to use, Streams to older samsung tv's 2010 and up, works with everyone in house, pc, mac, linusx, ios, android. Apps have gotten alot better since first purchasing a year ago. Works with chrome cast and apple tv. Good backup for pc's and macs great way to free up space on families iphones since ios8 eats up so much space now.
Cons: No plex not powerfull enough cpu just causes system to lock up. Slow transfer rates even for large files averages 9MB-14MB/sec on 4TB WD RED v2 drives. Backups are problematic when adding files to system during backup it says backup didn't complete but next cycle it ususally works. The applications are stable enough for consumers but for commercial purposes use we use synology. We did just get a qnap pro for work to test in lab so we'll see if there cloud sync and isc...
Summary: It's a bit noisy, so I returned and got HS-210. Don't get me wrong, it's on the quieter side and if you keep it under a desk you may not even hear it. I kept it right next to my router which is on a counter near my bedroom (close to center point of the house for better wi-fi signal), and I hear the fan buzz in the night from my bedroom. So, I had to return it and get a fan-less model (HS-210) which is really quiet.
Summary: Liking it very much so far however not the easiest device to set up. Some trial and error involved, especially with the myqnapcloud service. It was my first NAS but I suspect people with experience on other NAS devices will have an easier time. Myriad of settings and features available. I particularly like being able to access files over the internet on it via iOS with Qfile app.