Manufacturer:QNAP UK Price (as reviewed):£257.96 (inc VAT) US Price (as reviewed):$376.50 (ex tax)
The QNAP TS-219P is a beefed-up version of the TS-210 with a 1.2GHz Marvell CPU and 512MB of DDR2 RAM. It has hot-swappable drive bays, two eSATA ports, support for 2.5in hard disks and a few extra RAID-specific features over and above the TS-210, which goes some way to justifying the fact that it’s £100 more expensive. Build quality is admirable, although it’s not as impressive as the Netgear ReadyNAS Duo RND2000.
Happily, it has the same brilliant web interface as the TS-210, though, which is a dream to use. There are lots of features, but QNAP has done an excellent job of making the web interface clear. It’s quick and easy to find what you’re after, with plenty of shortcuts to popular functions such as RAID and server setup listed on the home page in a favourites section.
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Setting up the TS-219P was a breeze. There’s full iSCSI support, which allows you to allocate portions of an existing volume as iSCSI targets, and setting up the file and media servers is mostly a one-click affair, with the TS-219P appearing instantly in iTunes’ shared folder once we’d enabled the iTunes server. There’s support for UPSs and video surveillance cameras too. The TS-219P also has an excellent user forum on QNAPs website that offers in-depth guides on many features, as well as downloads of third-party plug-ins.
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The TS-219P was very fast in all the speed tests, achieving second place in three of our four tests. For example, it produced an average write rate of 27MB/sec in the large file test and 17.6MB/sec in the small file test. However, these impressive results still weren’t enough to prevent it from being trounced by the Synology DS-210+, which is nearly twice as fast. The TS-219P is a very good NAS box, with a good blend of easy-to-use features, performance and an active online community. However, the Synology DS-210J is more than £100 cheaper, just as easy to use and is particularly well featured, while being only slightly slower.