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QNAP TS-221 Diskless System Network Storage
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Failed after a few months 03/23/2014

This review is from: QNAP TS-221 Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: Good performance for the price.

Cons: Unit's Ethernet interface failed. When that happens, you are hosed. In hind sight, a failback one could have implemented (while the unit was working) would have been to exploit the fact that the unit can utilize a USB WiFi dongle as an alternative network interface. Then, if/when the wired Ethernet failed, one could still (albeit much slower) access the unit. Various forums, including QNAPs, indicate this failure mode isn't all that rare.

So if you buy this unit, you probably should buy the extended warranty.

ThinkPad Edge E531 (688528U) Notebook Intel Core i7 3632QM (2.20GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast CPU, excellent performance for the price.

Cons: 1. Lack of true docking capability. I didn’t think this would be a problem, but boy was I wrong. Most experienced Thinkpad business users have docks to use a real monitor, keyboard & mouse while in the office. The designers dropped the docking capability from the Edge line, so one is stuck with the horrible OneLink system. The OneLink lacks the versatility of the traditional Thinkpad docks (e.g. 2504 type and all the others) which had large numbers of USB ports, VGA &DVI ports, etc. The traditional docks allowed one to just drop the Thinkpad in and one was all set, or pop it out. The back connector to the dock was protected, thus allowing many years of daily engaging & disengaging of the dock. In over 10 man-years of Thinkpad traditional daily dock use, I never had a problem. The OneLink system, on the other hand, has vastly less capability, and required connecting & disconnecting using a flimsy cable prone to breaking. The cable connection is so problematic, they even warn you about it in the Users Guide. The OneLink system is also clunky and awkward on the desk, yet not really designed to be “out of sight”. Bad design on so many levels.

2. Lack of indicator lights. This is another “what were they thinking?” bozo move on the part of the design team. The only light on the unit is the power light, so there are no lights displaying disk activity, number lock status, caps lock status, WiFi radios on status, etc. So basically, if the unit is too busy to respond (say, with disk activity), one has no way of knowing the system has not locked up.

3. The stock systems are shipped with only 4GB of memory, which results in the stock system being barely functional. At least they only take up one slot with that paltry 4GB, so when one adds memory to make the system usable, one can kick the memory up to 12GB without having to throw out the stock memory. The unit can hold a total of 16GB.

NETGEAR 8 Port Gigabit Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (GS108)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works great, requires zero setup.

Cons: Would be better if the cabling was on the back rather than the front.


MICHAEL B.'s Profile

Display Name: MICHAEL B.

Date Joined: 06/13/08

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 06/30/12
  • Last Review: 03/23/14
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