When we were writing this review, we had no idea how the two products from Synology and QNAP would compare. Network devices from these companies gather positive reports from hardware reviewers, so it was hard to tell which would be the favorite of the comparison. But after we had examined the firmware of the TS-109Pro II, the picture got clearer. And now that every test is completed and every feature is discussed, we are quite sure the Synology product is somewhat better. Not only because it is a dual-disk NAS. As we noted in our reviews, the capabilities of the firmware of the DS107+ and DS207+ are roughly the same. And the amount of system memory is more important for home NASes than the processor’s support for specific operation modes. Anyway, the QNAP product proved to be somewhat less functional and to have a little lower performance than the DS207+.
The pricing of the two models should be taken into account, too. The DS207+ is about as expensive as the TS-109Pro II, which spoils the impression from the latter a little bit.
The TS-109Pro II is a high-quality product, though. It was inferior to the Synology NAS in our tests, but its performance is higher than that of most other devices of this class. The list of its highs and lows indicates that.
- High performance
- Superb exterior design
- Metallic case
- Quiet operation (depends on the HDD’s noisiness)
- Large amount of system memory
- eSATA connector
- Three USB 2.0 ports
- A lot of integrated services
- Integrated DHCP server
- Advanced logging opportunities
- Data copying from external disks with a press of a button
- Telnet and SSH available in the official firmware
- Flexible backup system
- QPKG service
- Handy programs for working with the NAS remotely
- High price
- Uninformative icons in the web-interface
- Minor flaws in the case design
- Firmware must be loaded with a program tool before using the NAS
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