QNAP’s range of NAS devices are generally aimed at businesses with knowledgeable technical staff who can set up and maintain their organisation’s storage systems. However, the TurboNAS TS-219P+ is an attempt to move in a different direction and to appeal to ordinary home users and small business users.
Like most QNAP products, the TurboNAS TS-219P+ is sold as an empty chassis, leaving you to buy and install your own choice of hard drives. It has two drive bays that can house drives of up to 2TB each, giving you a total storage capacity of 4TB. You can also configure it as a RAID drive using either RAID 0 or RAID 1 if required.
Some people will prefer to buy a more conventional NAS drive that already has its own hard disk(s) built in, but QNAP’s QFinder software does make it quite easy to install and configure your own drives. The TS-219P+ also has a few other user-friendly features that will appeal to home and small business users.
QNAP appeals to home users with support for more Apple technologies
In addition to its Gigabit Ethernet port for connecting to your home or office network, the TS-219P+ has three USB ports that allow you to set up a shared network printer, or connect USB hard drives for additional storage. There’s also a ‘one-touch’ button on the front of the unit that lets you quickly transfer files between the TS-219P+ and external USB drives.
It allows you to back up files using your Mac’s built-in Time Machine, and works as an iTunes server for streaming music files across a network. There’s even an app called QMobile that lets you view your stored multimedia files on an iPod or iPhone.
Our only complaint is that the manual is rather hard going, it’s more than 400 pages long and full of techno-waffle that might confuse less technically knowledgeable users.
Home owners who simply want a cheap, easy to use NAS drive might prefer to buy one of the many rival products that already have a built-in hard drive. However, more experienced users who want the freedom to configure their own custom storage system will appreciate the versatility of the TS-219P+, as well as its support for Apple technologies such as Time Machine and the iPhone.