Summary: So much more efficient than my home built file server. Uses way less power so much so that I have noticed a $15 decrease in my power bill per month.
Pros: Hot swap 5 bays, plenty of add on applications, easy to set up and use, quiet, efficient
Cons: does allow you to run XBMC but can be sluggish at times which is not enough for me to remove an egg since this was a pleasant discovery and you should really use a HTPC for watching your movies, however what does cost this NAS one egg is that it only supports 3GB of RAM max.
Summary: For the number of negatives I listed, I think it's only fair to add at the end that I overall like the unit and don't feel that any of the alternatives would necessarily be better.
Pros: Attractive unit. Supports large drives and any type of RAID. Has a myriad of features, including iSCSI, NFS and AD integration if you are looking at a business or home IT lab use, HDMI and VGA outputs with built-in xbmc to double as a home theater PC, various internet server applications. US based technical support will go as far as to schedule live calls and remote access sessions to resolve an issue. The price is in line with most other reputable 5-6 bay NAS units. ...
Cons: The documentation isn't very good or up to date. The user community (not the actual technical support from QNAP) seemed intentionally unhelpful and there are some clear firmware bugs (none harmful to data so far). Those interested in the home theater PC use should consider that the unit is a bit loud. Most of it seems to come from a 40mm power supply fan. It's not terrible, especially if you could stick it in a cabinet, but it is more than I would expect from a HTPC d...
Summary: Bought one and I simply love this device. Some reasons why this is the best NAS for me. 1. The linux based os gives me the choice to tweak and change things to my liking. 2. The QPKG center gives me every add-on I need from wordpress, python, NZBGet, SABnzbd+, sick beard, etc. 3. Free constant firmware updates that with new features! 4. Good support forums and tech support 5.
Summary: I learned about QNAP NAS from a friend of mine. I need a centralize location where my family and I can access files at any given time. This unit is amazing fast downloading and transferring files. I also learned there is a HDMI output that will enable to turn the NAS into a media player. So far I havent got a chance to play around with that yet but will update you guys on it.
Summary: After a few years of operation on my current generation of daily-offsite-backup NAS devices, my main unit started making more fan racket than it normally does, which told me it was probably time to replace it now rather than after it fails. So I did. I was formerly using a solution from LaCie, which was purchased fully configured by that manufacturer drives and all.
Summary: Been running for a few months now and 0 problems. Fast, easy to use, all the features I could ask for and more. Great UPS connectivity feature shuts down the device automatically in the event of a power outage. Highly recommended.
Summary: This device is fast, efficient, reliable, and full featured. I run a small office and I have a tight budget so this NAS really helped out acting as our server. Not only is this budget friendly compared to servers, the QNAP OS is amazing.
Summary: I finally was able to spring for a large Storage Tower for my Home Network. It probably only took 30 minutes to setup including adding 3 Hard Drives. I plugged it right into the network and get it going pretty quick Make sure to upgrade the firmware right away. I got this mainly as a Backup for DVDs and Blurays and other Video Files. When you first upload a bunch of media files to this device the XBMC Media Player won't start up because it has to index all the files.
Summary: Qnap setup very quickly, considering it had to format and prepare 5 x WD RED 3 GB drives for RAID 5. 3GB x (5-1)= 12 GB of NAS space. It came with predefined folders and easy to map to each in windows, but functionality in Linux. Was not fond of the built in clients i.e. (FTP and Bittorrent). So great as a NAS and setup a separate box to run the services on.