Occasionally we do a "Show " rather than a series of reviews of products from the same company. That highlights a bit more the scope and range and makes it often easier to differentiate between the various units.
So on today's smorgasbord we present three different NAS units from QNAP on the menu: we have the brand-new TS -220, a real lightweight beauty and at the other end of the scale the TS-870U-RP, an 8 bay budget beast for the big end of town. And to round it off we also have the newly announced TS-421 which fits squarely in the middle.
Let's have a look.
Time stops for no man - especially if that man is developing NAS devices down at Synology. It wasn't all that long ago that we took a look at the five bay DS1511+ and even less long ago when Kevin Cheng gave us a photographer's view of the DS1512+. Fast forward four months and now we have the brand new DS1513+ on our review bench.
Read on for our review.
We've had the pleasure of testing and using one of the latest five bay NAS stations from Thecus over several weeks. After the many Synology and Q NAP units we reviewed it's nice to see that they are not the only Taiwanese companies that can deliver a well-crafted, good performing NAS unit for businesses and home use.
These days, functionality and features are probably more important than speed alone so we will be concentrating in this short article on the F & F of the Thecus N5550.
The Synology DS213air is a lightweight two bay NAS unit and lightweight is something I would never have associated Synology with. True, the box is rather small, made of plastic and has only two bays. This makes it light in weight, but functionally, it's a different story: it has a lot of tricks on its sleeve that I would like to explore with you.
One of them, as indicated in the name, is its wireless abilities.
Come along and I will show you.
This review can be short because we have reviewed many products from Apricorn, including an earlier model of the Aegis Bio with fingerprint reader.
We will state our bias upfront: we are fans of this Californian outfit which specialises in manufacturing external storage devices with great security features. However, I'm not particularly a fan of fingerprint readers, much preferring keypad security.
So how did we go with this one?
Up until I embarked on this review, my strongest memory of Plextor is their dominance of the optical drive market in the 1990s. Simply put, they had the best CD-ROM writer in the days when making "coasters" was commonplace. These days Plextor has retained their storage beginnings with a focus on Solid State Drives (SSD). DigitalReviews would like to thank Plextor for providing a M5Pro (PX-256M5P) Xtreme for review.
Having reviewed the top-of-the-line QNAP Network Attached Storage system last year, the TS-EC879U-RP, our expectations are high.
QNAP sent us the TS-469L Turbo NAS, a 4-bay improved model of the trusted 469 series.
This is what became evident after some weeks of testing: the Q in QNAP stands for Quality and Quiet.
Our favourable impressions had been solidified over the years by many Synology product reviews. Their Network Attached Storage units for business and personal use have been scoring consistently high in our write-ups. Yet, in the back of our minds, we knew we had to leave some superlatives for their top of the range RackStation, the RS3412RPxs.
Let us take you on a little journey to describe the RS3412RPxs and the market it is aimed at.