Here we get our first look at the TS-669L. Although there is a place for a LCD display like the TS-669 Pro, this model doesn't have one. For me, it took a bit to get use to not having a display, I kept seeing the face of the NAS and thinking it was off. Also, the 669L uses different drive sleds that further reduces the price of the unit. The included drive sleds don't lock like many of the others found in the QNAP product lineup.
Just below the power button is a special USB 2.0 port that's encapsulated by a copy button. This allows the user to plug in a USB drive and hit the button to quickly and easily backup the contents of the external storage device.
The 669L doesn't have a full LCD display, but there are LED status lights that show the system is on, as well as LAN, USB and eSATA activity.
The NAS is keyed for SATA drives only so you can't use SAS drives in the 669L. The 669 Pro model is limited to SATA drives as well.
Most of the I/O ports are on the back of the NAS. Dual 120mm fans keep the HDDs and NAS circuitry cool. The built-in power supply has a small fan built in to keep the power supply cool The NAS is very quiet, even during the start up sequence. It's quiet enough to place on or under your main computer desk.
There are six USB ports on the back of the NAS, two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0. Dual eSATA and dual gigabit Ethernet ports give you a lot of options for connectivity.
The latest feature on NAS products like the QNAP TS-669 is HDMI. This feature when paired with free software turns your NAS into a power media center with 1080p video and surround sound audio.
The built-in power supply distributes 240 watts, more than enough for six HDDs plus all the USB ports filled.
The included 1GB DDR3 memory stick is mounted on the inner side of the motherboard and it's not easy to access.
I like how QNAP glues SODIMM in place. Other connections on the motherboard are also hot glued so they can't dislodge during shipping.
The TS-669L is user upgradeable to 3GB of DDR3. To get there just leave the 1GB SODIMM in place and add a 2GB SODIMM stick to the easy access connector on the other side of the motherboard.