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QNAP has long established itself as a leading maker of Network Attached Storage products. The company’s NASes feature high quality, broad functionality, good performance and stable operation. The only downside that users are likely to complain at is the pricing, but that refers to other brands’ products as well. It is often much cheaper to assemble a new computer or modify an old one to use as a NAS. On the other hand, it takes some time and effort and requires the user to have the necessary skills to set a hand-made NAS up and running with all the required applications. A regular computer is also going to be larger and noisy and to consume more power. Thus, it turns out that modern NASes, notwithstanding their high price, have a good chance of being purchased by people who want a ready-made solution they can just power on and use. Besides serving as a data repository, a modern NAS can also perform various other functions, serving as a media server, download station, video surveillance system, etc.

Typical NASes are designed for 1 to 5 hard disk drives, but I guess that 2-disk models seem to be the optimal choice for home. They feature an appealing price/capacity ratio and offer some configuration flexibility. And today, I will tell you about a 2-disk NAS from QNAP which is called TS-219P.

By the way, the company produces two more 2-disk models: a higher-performance Atom-based TS-239 Pro and an entry-level TS-210 with an 800MHz ARM processor and without a hot swap feature.

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