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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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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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