Many of our daily readers at TweakTown see the small business NAS products and love the features, but just don't want to spend the big bucks. By now, everyone wants a NAS. Some people build their own with old PC components and others overspend for features they'll never use. There are very few high quality products on the market priced and designed specifically for a family.
QNAP has a long history of family friendly NAS appliances, but the user interface always based on SMB and enterprise products. After ten years of reviewing these types of produces, the SMB interface is second nature for me, but first time NAS buyers get frustrated with a massive list of options, most of which are foreign terms to those not versed in Ethernet technology.
To test a first time NAS users reaction, we sent one of our reviewers the QNAP TS-669L that we reviewed two months ago. He worked with the old 3.8 interface on the TS-669L and through remote desktop, worked on QNAPs new QTS 4.0 interface. The reaction was quite different for the two interface packages, even though the same settings are present in both, just laid out in a different manner.
This review isn't about the new QTS 4.0 user interface, Tyler is working on a separate article for the software and it should be on TweakTown soon. Today we're looking at the new TS-421 NAS that's designed for a family in the home. Let's take a look at the specifications first on the next page.