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QTS 4.0 is the highlight of QNAP's new NAS devices

QNAP has announced two new product lines in its family of Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices for home and small business users. The TS-x20 an TS-x21 series NAS units are all powered by Marvell ARM processors and feature QNAP's new QTS 4.0 OS. Both the TS-x20 and TS-x21 are available in 1-, 2-, and 4-bay configurations (i.e., TS-120, TS-220, and TS-420).
The TS-x20 series comes with a 1.6GHz processor paired with 512MB of DDR3 memory. The TS-x21 series ups the ante with a 2.0GHz processor and 1GB of DDR3 memory. All units feature a brushed metal chassis, two USB 3.0 ports and at least one GbE LAN port -- the TS-420 and TS-421 both come with two GbE LAN ports.

As for QTS, version 4.0 offers up what QNAP calls an "intelligent desktop" which allows users to multitask in a multi-window environment. QTS 4.0 allows easy access to documents, pictures, videos, and music. Download Station even allows you to manage your Torrents if you're into that sort of thing. Naturally, all of the new NAS devices support AirPlay and DLNA.

QTS 4.0
QTS also brings Qsync, which provides easy file syncing between a desktop, laptop, and smartphone. QNAP likens the feature to DropBox, but with as much as storage as you're willing to add to your NAS unit.
QNAP has not yet announced pricing and availability for the TS-x20 and TS-x21 series, but we'll let you know as soon as we find out.

Updated 4/30/2013 @ 9:30pm EST
We've just been notified of pricing for the TS-x20 and TS-x21 lineup. The TS-120, TS-220, and TS-420 are priced at $179, $229, and $429 respectively. The TS-121, TS-221, and TS-421 are priced at $229, $329, and $499 respectively.

Sources: QNAP [1], [2]

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By smitty123 on 5/1/2013 7:14:33 AM , Rating: 2
i recently tested the qnap ts-212 and the synology ds-212j together at the same time, and i must say that the qnap is much, much easier to configure than the synology, Synology has much to learn about ease of use.

Like when you go in the installed apps menu you can actually see useful information, you see how to reach them through the NAS's ip or url, that is very helpful as it's not always obvious how to use the apps from your computer when you set up the nas and on the synology you're left guessing or digging for help if the app maker's bothered to make a forum.

you may have some luck to find out what port the apps in the upnp menu and they're not all listed.

the synology desktop is overly complicated and technical, even a bit disjointed, functions that logically would be together on the same screen weren't.

if that's what you call better, i say synology needs to rethink ease of use.

Another plus for the Qnap, the Qfinder program can actually be used to do things compared to the Synology resident program (*resource hog*cough*).

You can actually configure/monitor/reset your nas, reboot, shutdown, all without having to start your browser.

There's even a monitoring overlay you can show on your desktop to keep an eye on things.

That said, i did like the fan to be quieter when it goes to fast speed, the Synology was wider than so that might have something to do with it.

But for my money and the same hardware, they both do the same thing, except i saved 80$.

RE: Qnap's menu is easier to use compared to Synology
By Eug on 5/1/2013 10:21:25 AM , Rating: 2
It's interesting you mention that, because the TS-212 uses the 3.x OS, not the QTS 4.0 OS that's available in the TS-221. The new QTS 4.0 (which has some interface commonalities with Synology's OS), is specifically built to appeal to home users. So my guess is you may not like QNAP's new OS either.

I will not claim Synology's OS is perfect or even great, but IMHO it's a lot more user friendly than QNAP's for the uninitiated. However, I could see QNAP's being much better if you already know what you're doing, and you're looking for very specific functionality that you think should be easy to find, but isn't because it's been hidden elsewhere in an OS catering to n00bs like me.

BTW, I consider both the TS-212 and the DS212j slow for home use. The 1.2 GHz Marvell ARM CPU is a big bottleneck.

By Eug on 5/1/2013 10:33:15 AM , Rating: 2
I will not claim Synology's OS is perfect or even great, but IMHO it's a lot more user friendly than QNAP's for the uninitiated.

I mean Synology's OS vs QNAP's 3.x OS. I don't know about QNAP's 4.0 OS though since it's not available yet. You can't even demo it AFAIK unless you're a beta tester. You can only look at images and press releases.

If QTS 4.0 captures Synology's OS slickness and ease of use, and maintains easy access to all functionality as you describe for QNAP's 3.x, and maintains perfect stability, then they've got a real winner on their hands.

Even just based on the press releases, I would have purchased a QNAP TS-469L with QTS 4.0. However, a QNAP TS-469L with OS 3.8 was a no-sale for me. I'm sure 4.0 will eventually come to units like the TS-469L, but the question is when?

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