Dusting off my review hat to bring you another review. This time it isn't a motherboard, CPU or graphics card, but a NAS drive.
What is a NAS drive you guys may be asking? It's a device that has the same components of a personal computer (CPU/MB/VGA/RAM, etc) but its sole purpose is to manage data - whether it is images, video, games or audio. NAS stands for, Network Attached Storage, basically a storage device that can be accessed on the computer network. Due to this specific purpose of use, the hardware is much less powerful (and sometimes niche) compared to the everyday PC hardware brands & models.
Although there are other ways to share data on the network like; file server, external drive on the network, or even just via SAMBA. What a NAS brings to the table is the total size of the device, the extensive functions that can be found on a NAS, (different RAID configurations, DLNA/streaming to compliant devices, FTP, download manager, & other services) and also the carbon footprint. QNAP's TS-412 is a NAS device targeted towards home & SOHO users. The main purpose for my purchase of the QNAP TS-412 NAS device was to provide a backup strategy for my photography & invaluable data.
The Australian RRP of the TS-412 is $499 but you can find the devices around $450 if you shop around. The 3TB Hitachi K3000 hard drives are $399 RRP each but again, you can find them for about $185 if you shop around. So the initial cost of a configuration like mine is about $1200 if you shop around in Australia.
There is another similar model called the TS-419+ which has a faster processor, more memory & a handy LCD screen, but is a few hundred more dollars dearer.
My QNAP TS-412 has a 1.2GHz processor powering QNAP's Linux-based Firmware 3.50 for NAS devices. Storage comes in form of up to four internal hard drives which are hot swappable. Six extra drives can also be attached externally via the four USB 2.0 ports (Front x1 Back x3) & eSATA ports at the back of the device if more space is needed. Keep in mind that individual hard drives do not come bundled by default with the TS-412, this decision means I can choose my hard drive configuration & save on the cost with the omission of a hard drive.
Size of the device isn't that big, it's certainly noticeable though. The image below compares the device to a optical disc + my mouse.
Conents of the box includes:
You can also watch my quick unboxing video here:
Would buy if it was half the cost.