Summary: Bought this unit in my price range, absolutely love it, however in hind sight wish I had spent a bit more for the latest version - but in a yr or so I will probably upgrade anyway....I utilize mainly for Digital Library - but looking forward to getting down some of the other capabilities - so much more flexible than a Drobo (was comparing the two before purchase) and more cost effective as well!!!
Summary: Populated with 3 WD Red 2GB HDD. During the first 2 days in operation, unit dropped network connections many times while transferring music, photos, and videos from another computer. Both were attached to a 5-port switch. Moved unit to another separate port which solved the problem. Unit has been operating as expected for 2 days. Still learning the OS but there is plenty of online help and Qnap site.
Summary: I bought this thing to replace a Synology unit that was moving slow, which itself was purchased to replace a Buffalo unit which more or less was not moving at all.
Pros: this thing is feature packed, AND FAST!!! the amount of things this little box is capable of at this low price completely blew my mind. HTPCs are dead.
Cons: Low on RAM for 1080p viewing via XMBC, but you can upgrade the ram easily just as if it were a laptop. Buy a $20 2GB RAM module and you are good to go. it works but you can see an occasional stutter when running on the stock half gig of RAM. upgrading the RAM fixes this. no eggs lost for this.
Excerpt: As a RAID-station it seems working ok, yet some of the software configurations are questionable, so I'm a bit scared that it might not survive a real hard disk failure. If you consider this device because of its HDMI-output, don't! You are better off by buying something cheaper without HDMI and use some proper media server for playing back videos and music.
Summary: The whole hardware should be excellent. I love the design and the color. Just got it , but 4th bay can't detected for first install until I plug out and plug in 4th bay 3 times. then it works like a charm now, not sure it's software issue or bay connection issue. At least it's working properly until now.
Summary: This NAS is fast and easy to use. The web interface is full featured and easy to understand and it's easy to access from a browser wherever you are. Performance has been very good and reliable. When one of my drives died I replaced it and the NAS rebuilt it quickly. It's also very good at serving media and the Download station works very well. It's also easy to add third party software via their preconfigured packages.