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This review is from: QNAP TS-469L-US Diskless System High-performance 4-bay NAS Server for SMBs
Pros: Very nicely made NAS box with a ton of features. I use this primarily as a file server at home. I have 4 3TB WD Red NAS hard drives running in RAID 5 in this box. Set-up is a breeze and was as simple as popping in the drives and running the set-up disc. The default choice was RAID 5 for 4 drives, so I went with an automatic set-up. This thing is great for sharing files and they have a lot of awesome android/iphone apps to help manage your media collection. I have yet to try a lot of the media playback over the HDMI port, but I will test that out soon. What is nice about this unit is that they natively support a variety of networking standards from apple, microsoft, and unix/linux. If you want to have an itunes server to stream music, done. If you want to see your pictures library on your tv, android/iphone, ipad/tablet, done. Streaming video is the only thing that seems to be a con based on the processor speeds..
Cons: Some of the QPKG applications can cause severe performance issues. The google cloud storage app seems to cause issues. I was able to transfer files to the box at 11mb/s and then when I turned on some more QPKG's, it reduced down to 5 or 6mb/s. Because the processor is not as beefy as high-end NAS boxes ($1000+), you can't take full advantage of some of the applications. The most notable app where that is an issue is the PLEX media server app. PLEX states on its site that you have to have a some minimum processor requirements to be able to convert 1080p content on the fly or to upconvert to 1080p.
Other Thoughts: Can you get a cheaper unit to serve as a RAID5 file server? Yes.
Can you get as many capabilities from a unit under $700.00? No way
The QPKG interface is updated often and the applications are reviewed by QNAP to ensure they are okay to put on the NAS. Having said that, a lot of the applications have not been regularly updated so it could be an issue with the QNAP firmware updates that cause some performance issues when used with outdated apps. Only time will tell if that holds true.
Pros: Drives were dated 15 JAN 2013, so it appears that newegg must have got a new batch in to replace a horrible batch that other users are complaining about. I used 4 of these drives in a QNAP TS-469L NAS box in RAID 5. Flawless performance and they run at about 95 degrees Fahrenheit under load. I just popped the drives in, formatted them, and then ran a lot of tests on them to ensure they had no bad sectors. SMART test was good and long winded full bad sector scan reported no issues.
Cons: I have no real cons with these drives.
Other Thoughts: Great for NAS boxes, drives seem to be reliable.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Excellent color and brightness. Does full 1080p and beautifully. I tried VGA and HDMI and did see even more improvement. I have no dead pixels, which I am grateful for. There are multiple color modes that are automatic settings for theatre and various settings. I would love to do dual screens with this monitor. It is MASSIVE. Shipping to my APO box in Germany was extremely fast at 1 week which I have never experienced before. I may have just had some luck with the shipping though.
Cons: No HDMI cable included, which would have been nice for testing purposes.READ FULL REVIEW