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QNAP TS-212-E Diskless System Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Prelim Feedback - Good So Far 12/01/2014

This review is from: QNAP TS-212-E Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: Easy drive installation, using QFinder app initial setup was easy, basic functionality is pretty nice.

I am running a 4 TB RAID 1 array with better *consistent* throughput that any USB 3.0 drive OR a 2TB RAID 5 array installed in my PC.

In the cons section I discuss some issues with video streaming/transcoding and the ability of this unit to multi-task but I was impressed with the iTunes sharing for my music collection. I copied my music (200 GB), set up Media Monkey (I use MM to manage ID3 tags) and iTunes to copy to my iPhone. After setting up a windows network drive this process was as easy and seamless as using local storage.

Cons: Do not expect a multimedia powerhouse. Very limited CPU and memory make this a nice network attached storage device, but the extra stuff is limited or barely functional.

I installed and configured sabnzbd on it and was limited in download speed to 1.5 to 2.0 MB/s. Using the same news server my desktop keeps a steady 3.2 MB/s download going. CPU was pegged @ 96%.

I was also copying more files to the NAS via Windows Explorer AND Media Monkey was indexing my music collection (all via good cat 5e cable through internal 1G network ports)...I will re-try sabnzb without all this extra stuff happening. But bottom line this unit does not multi-task well unless you consider staying stable with a pegged CPU good.

Video transcoding is not possible or incredibly slow on this unit. I bought this to have a network attached array, not the multimedia stuff but I did consider the ability to run a DLNA and Plex server locally (ie not on my primary machine) a huge plus. I tried streaming a HD movie from the NAS via DLNA and Plex and neither worked but an older .avi worked fine. There may be ways to tweak and optimize but I don't care enough to try.

Other Thoughts: I like this product so far, I wish I could give it a half egg so it could be 3.5 instead of 4...the unit is good and deserves better than 3 stars but not quite deserving of 4 until I consider I spent < 100.00 for this.

The cloud stuff is clunky and not why I bought this product so I will not call it a pro or con...I was able to get it to function and might re-visit it but I didn't have time to make sure it was secure and reliable.

I'm using WD 4TB green drives (not on the official compatible list) and all is working as expected.

The initial setup using QFinder takes about an hour (downloads firmware and OS to the NAS, builds the array volume) and it took about 8 hours for it to replicate an empty Disk 1 to Disk 2 to build the RAID 1 volume.

ADATA XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600W4G9-DB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Mem-tested both sticks, both are good. In windows 7 I get a 7.7 score, did fine with an extended Prime95 test.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: So far so good, was nervous buying RAM from a manufacturer I had never heard of

XTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse pad
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Nice 02/20/2013

This review is from: XTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse pad

Pros: Had for about six months, much better than using a desktop for a gaming surface. I have an issue paying more than this for a mouse matter how fine tuned for gaming it is.

Six months later I have spilled stuff on it, got it dirty, cleaned it up and no issues.

Cons: The stupid screen print stuff on the lower corner of the mat was poking me so I pulled it off and no more issues


Randy W.'s Profile

Display Name: Randy W.

Date Joined: 02/18/09

  • Reviews: 14
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  • First Review: 04/24/12
  • Last Review: 12/01/14
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