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QNAP launches TS-210 Turbo NAS, keeps chipping away at NAS pricing

by Parm Mann on 12 October 2009, 10:59

Tags: TS-210, Qnap

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After an initial surge of high-performance NAS solutions from many of the industry's big players, QNAP has attempted to make its latest products more accessible to the mainstream consumer by doing away with high-power processors and large quantities of RAM.

This time last week, the Taiwanese outfit launched the four-bay TS-410, a feature-packed offering priced at around £315. Today, it's following up with a two-bay alternative in the form of the TS-210. The good news for readers wanting to dabble in the NAS market is that this one's currently priced at around £175.

Despite the relatively-low asking price, the TS-210 provides plenty of the usual QNAP functionality. The unit's drive bays support 3.5in drives - providing up to 4TB of storage - and there's a built-in iSCSI target service, Gigabit LAN and three USB ports for easy storage expansion.

As you'd expect, the TS-210 is DLNA-compliant and provides a host of QNAP goodies - including a built-in media server, download station, photo server and an AJAX-based web interface.

Given the price tag, though, there are a few features missing from the spec sheet. Being a two-bay unit, the TS-210 supports only a few RAID modes (0, 1 and JBOD), and the unit's internal hardware - namely an 800MHz Marvell CPU and 256MB of DDR2 memory - might not be the quickest available solution.

Want to know more? Check out the official product page at QNAP.com.



HEXUS Forums :: 11 Comments

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I'd be interested to know how its performance compares to the Synology DS209 (the 1.2GHz model) as it's a fair bit cheaper but still better than a 266MHz CPU.
Steve
I'd be interested to know how its performance compares to the Synology DS209 (the 1.2GHz model) as it's a fair bit cheaper but still better than a 266MHz CPU.

It's got similar specs to my DS207+ so I'd expect ~20-30MB/s read and 15-20MB/s write (assuming gigabit networking).

Nearly half the price I paid for my DS207+ earlier this year!!
Er, what RAID modes other than 0, 1 and JBOD could a two-drive NAS support?

It'd be great if Hexus could review some of these. I'm after a multi-bay NAS but I'm wondering what real-world compromises these cheaper units would bring compared to the gruntier ones.
Nelviticus
Er, what RAID modes other than 0, 1 and JBOD could a two-drive NAS support?
Well, that's your lot really. But it would be cool to use LVM to break the disks up into partitions that have their own RAID mode, a bit like Intel Matrix Storage. So for example you have half RAID 0 and half RAID 1.

Warning to RAID manufacturers: If you don't do it, I will :)
kingpotnoodle
It's got similar specs to my DS207+ so I'd expect ~20-30MB/s read and 15-20MB/s write (assuming gigabit networking).

Nearly half the price I paid for my DS207+ earlier this year!!

hmmm - i'm getting them specs from my 109II (800mhz 256mb RAM) so it must be better than that….