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QNAP TS-421 4-bay Consumer NAS Appliance Review (Page 1)

QNAP TS-421 4-bay Consumer NAS Appliance Review

QNAP delivers a new consumer friendly firmware and a new consumer priced NAS appliance. The TS-421 brings enterprise features into the home.

Chris Ramseyer | Aug 1, 2013 at 01:02 am CDT - 1 min, 18 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: QNAP


QNAP TS-421 4-bay Consumer NAS Appliance Review 01 |

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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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