Powerful, feature rich NAS with steep learning curve
30 May 2011
Summary: I upgraded from previous fan-less QNAP models (TS-109 II, TS-119) to the TS-419P. The 419P was my first introduction to data redundancy/RAID arrays, and I can say that while it did come with a bit of a learning curve, I have completely grown into relying on this product. The 419P is an outdated model and has been replaced with newer versions (check out [...]).
Summary: I researched reviews, tech specs, drives for the last two years before I settled on this product. QNAP has one of the best reputations in the industry for quality and workmanship. This has an extremely low power draw and I've acheived write speeds of 65 MB a second over gigabit ethernet which is far greater than USB 2.0 (roughly 25 MB a second). This product is half the price of a TS-459 Pro+ ($900 before tax).
Summary: I purchased this baby on July 18, 2010 & since then, I have no problem with updating firmware & stuff: Pros: -High quality chassis (even feels a little heavy without HDDs cuz of all metal this thing was made of) -High quality components, Prosessor (Marvel), RAID controller (I don't recall its manufacturer's name), excellent 2 Ethernet connectors & a very rock solid (PSU/power brick) that's survived many power surges & power offs -3TB HDDs compatible - and more Cons: -...
Summary: I'll keep this short & to the point: Time of ownership: ~8 months. Documentation is good - there's a quick start guide that gets you going reasonably quickly. It's geared towards PC users, but I was able to suss out the steps for OS-X. There are a lot of steps though, be sure to follow the QSG carefully. The hardware itself is decent, I had some issues with fitment (sliding drive trays in and out), but once I got the hang of it, things went fine.
Summary: If you need serious storage, take a long look at this NAS. I was using a RAID 5 array in my server. I had it running with a hot spare and it had preserved my data very well over the last 5 years. Then one day I lost the MBR and poof! - all gone. No hard drives failed so not even a RAID 6 config would have worked; they were just bereft of data. Possible to recover? Probably, but really expensive.
Summary: Overall I am pleased with this NAS. It is smaller then I expected from the photos (not a bad thing) and is well built. The latches on the drive bays could have been a bit more solid, the locks are really just there to prevent accidental drive removal, but will do little to no good against forced entry.
Summary: Honestly I'm not even sure why QNAP hasn't utterly trounced it's competition if it's products are all like this one. VERY reasonably priced, extremely full-featured, easy to set up, fantastic performance, just an all around winner. Drobo, Buffalo, Netgear - all are either shoddy quality or way overpriced or both compared to this unit. Buy this now - you will not regret it.
Summary: I have had this product for 18 months It worked great - so 5 stars for hardware Then I had an issue with a firmware update - QNAP engineer used TeamViewer to come onto my PC. Now I ahve a bricked (useless) NAS with no data accessible sat in front of me for over a week Telephones are always engaged Chat just times out Tickets are unanswered... DO NOT BUY QNAP IF YOU WANT SUPPORT!
Summary: Installed with WD Red 2 TB drives, fairly simple set up. Works faultlessly. Not tried backing up yet via the expansion options but everything else as it should be. Simple enough for the less inexperienced user to get networked but all the required advanced settings are there to be tweaked as required. Only 3 months on so will see how reliability goes over time.