QNAP TS-419P Turbo NAS 4-Bay Network Storage ReviewTue, Nov 24, 2009 - 12:00 AM
QNAP TS-419P – Final Thoughts & Conclusions
My thoughts on the QNAP TS-419P are a little mixed. When I started this review, I mentioned that I was looking for a few things in a NAS. One was a NAS that would fit my storage needs. I think that the TS-419P does. I am starting out with four 500 GB drives in a RAID 5 configuration, giving me a total of 1.3 TB of disk space. This is plenty of disk space for my backups and media serving needs at this time. Another plus is that I can expand the NAS at a later date to about 5.5 TB by upgrading the current drives to 2 TB drives. I also like the fact that I can use QNAP’s online RAID Capacity Expansion, when I decide to upgrade, which will save me from having to backup all the data on the NAS and then restoring the data back. I hope this feature works as advertised.
Another thing that I was looking for was a NAS that had some quality to it. Comparing the TS-419P to other network attached storage devices, I would have to say that is nicely built. The drives slide in nice and lock down with very little effort. There doesn’t appear to be anything on the system that could break off with normal wear and tear. My overall impression is that this NAS will probably last a very long time, probably outliving my storage needs.
Where I feel mixed is where the price for this unit is. The cheapest price I could find on this NAS was $599.00 which is a little pricey for a home unit and that’s without drives. Price in the drives and this system could cost anywhere from $700.00 up to $1000.00+. I really don’t see many home users shelling out that kind of money for a network attached storage device regardless of how many cool features it has. However, I could possibly see a small business spending that kind of money for a quality NAS such as the TS-419P.
Legit Bottom Line:
The $599 QNAP TS-419P Turbo NAS is an excellent network attached storage solution with lots of potential for both home and small business use. We would love to see the price come down a bit to make it more affordable for home users and enthusiasts.