Conclusion: QNAP has come out all guns blazing with the TS-259 Pro+ Turbo NAS, and the end result is impressive. Read and write performance is excellent across the board, and QNAP's extensive feature set is second to none. Coupled with a user interface that feels intuitive and streamlined, it makes for a compelling NAS package with only one notable drawback; price.
Conclusion: QNAP has designed the perfect NAS for home users. The Atom-based TS-259 Pro offers excellent performance. The unit excels in many areas such as multi-user environment, HD content transfer, and file copy. While the unit does not always beat other NAS products, whenever it excels, it does so by a wide margin.
Pros: Excellent performance, Excellent features, Runs quiet and cool, Low power consumption, Plenty of ports: 5 USB, two eSATA, and two Gigabit Lan
Cons: Only 1 USB on the front, More expensive than other 2-bay NAS units
Excerpt: (1 items) QNAP has garnered a reputation for creating professional-level NAS devices with impressive features for small businesses and high-end users. While not the user-friendliest of NAS devices, the TS-259 Pro TurboNAS is a network-attached storage device with a flood of features that will take you days to explore. The TS-259 isn’t meant for your average consumer, so if you don’t have a lot of experience with NAS devices, I recommend getting a more approachable unit.
Pros: Wealth of features, iSCSI service, Powerful
Cons: Clunky interface, Long setup, Intimidating to mass consumers
Conclusion: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: 59.0/44.8 MBps best read/write performance, New v3.xx administration GUI, VMware Ready iSCSI for virtualization deployments, Online RAID Capacity Expansion and Level Migration, 2-Bay SATA hot-swap RAID storage, Dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet Controllers with teaming and failover, Pre-installed PHP+MySQL and Apache web server, RAID-0/1/JBOD disk configurations, Four High-Speed USB-2.0 ports, USB Copy port, Two eSATA ports for additional storage expansion, Frequent firmwar...
Cons: SAS version for enterprise-class, 15,000 RPM drives not available, Some capabilities will be too daunting for a novice SOHO user
Conclusion: The QNAP TS-259 Pro is a powerful and useful NAS box, it’s a great choice for either home or business uses. Overall it’s not a bad product, the noise level could be a problem, but that’s only if you keep the box nearby. I have my Thecus N3200 pro under my desk, and if I was using the TS-259 as my main NAS then that’s where it would go so the noise level would most likely not even be a problem.
Excerpt: If speed is what you're looking for in a two-bay NAS enclosure, QNAP's TurboNAS TS-259 Pro+ has speed in spades. This feature-packed NAS unit sports dual gigabit ethernet connections for failover protection and better performance, and supports iSCSI as well. The "Pro" in the moniker here is no joke: This enclosure means business.
A two-bay QNAP network-attached storage device with an Atom processor
Good Gear Guide.au
6 July 2011
Summary: The QNAP TS-259 Pro Turbo NAS offers a powerful Atom processor that provides fast file transfers and streaming performance. Though QNAP doesn't sell the cheapest NAS devices, businesses that need fast performance and good backup measures will find that they're worth the premium.
Pros: Fast file transfers, easy to use Web interface, comprehensive connectivity
Cons: QPKG add-ons can be difficult to configure, can't read/write drives with HFS+ file systems, no LCD status screen