QNAP TS-459 Pro+ Turbo NAS
|QNAP TS-459 Pro+ Turbo NAS|
|Closer Look and Software Setup|
|Setup and Feature Configuration|
|Features and Configuration Continued|
|Services, Process and Performance|
|Web File Manager, Downloads and Media|
It's been a while since we have reviewed any type of a Network Attached Storage device - and the last was the Patriot Valkyrie. The Valkyrie is priced at less than $150 and offers a Gigabit connection, some USB ports and is a decent product overall. Today we are looking at a product from QNAP that is also a NAS, but can't really be compared as it is so much more than a Network Attached Storage Box. We've got the TS-459 Pro+ on our bench and this box is geared toward an office environment or even enterprise environment. The TS-459 Pro+ is a NAS, full backup server, download server, media server, iTunes server, web server, MySQL server, and a whole lot more. If we explored all of the options and features of this box, we'd be here for at least 20 pages, so I'll try and keep things focused to more of a mainstream/enthusiast level.
One thing to keep in mind is that this box can set you back almost $1000, so right off the bat, I'm sure that many of you just lost interest. Please keep reading though as many of these features and the performance is also available in smaller NAS units from QNAP as well. We have the four-bay device that is geared to provide excellent RAID 0, 1, 5 or 6 arrays. While this is software RAID, the dual-core Atom 1.8GHz processor should keep things running smooth. Let's take a look before we jump in.
As you can see by the brown box with a label, the QNAP TS-459 Pro+ Turbo NAS isn't geared for a retail shelf. Customers looking for a NAS of this caliber know what they want and likely won't be suckered into flashy packaging anyhow. The contents are very well padded and these sample units from QNAP come equipped with drives - although units purchased through retail channels do not. Please keep that in mind when configuring one of these units.
The bundle with the TS-459 Pro+ includes a pair of Ethernet cables, a set of keys, extra screws, printed instructions as well as a software CD with a few utilities.
The images below show the first look at the QNAP TS-459 Pro+ Turbo NAS. It's about as large as a Shuttle PC or a toaster. It is quite heavy when loaded up with drives. The front contains four drive bays as well as a USB port/copy button, power button, and a display with a couple of buttons for navigation. This display shows system status and error messages should they arise.
To get a better idea of what the QNAP is all about, take a look at this promo video they posted on their page.
The TS-459 Pro+ is a very nice looking piece of hardware and we'll jump into the basic hardware specs on the next page before we take a closer look at this device.