The new NAS is similar to QNAP’s older products in its internal design. The HDD rack is the chassis the rest of the components (PCB, front panel, back panel with fan) are secured on. The TS-419P II is equipped with a Marvell 88F6282 processor, 512 megabytes of DDR3 memory, 16 megabytes of flash memory for the bootloader, a 4-channel Marvell 88SX7042 SATA-controller, and a USB hub GL850G. The network controllers integrated into the main processor are complemented with a couple of Marvell 88E1318 chips. The external eSATA ports are based on the processor, too. There is a console port on the PCB.
The main processor has a clock rate of 2 GHz, which is the fastest ARM chip we’ve ever tested. The TS-419P II also has an additional card with an indicator, front USB port, and buttons.
The interior design hasn’t changed since the previous QNAP model. The PCBs, front panel and external casing are all fastened to a metallic chassis. The NAS is cooled by a 92x25mm fan (Y.S.Tech FD129225LB, 12 V, 0.15 A) that uses 4-pin connection. You can only clean it by opening the case and breaking the warranty seal. The noise level is below average, making this NAS suitable for home users.
According to the manufacturer, the TS-419P II needs about 6 watts of power in standby mode and up to 26 watts when working with four 500GB HDDs. That’s why the 120-watt power adapter looks so odd.
The Getting Ready part is almost the same in each of our NAS-related reviews: you install disks on the frames and into the bays, connect the cables and turn the NAS on. The second stage is mostly invariable, too. You install firmware to the system partition created on the disks. Some NASes require that you use a special utility for that, which may be inconvenient (for example, if this utility is not available for your OS or if your user rights do not permit to run it). QNAP's solution with a mini web server stored in the integrated flash chip is more universal. You only need to launch your web-browser and identify the NAS’s network name, e.g. by its MAC address or DHCP server logs. You can use QFinder for that purpose, too.
The initial setup wizard helps you load the firmware file, partition your HDDs, specify some basic NAS parameters (admin password, network name and address, etc) and enable the services you need.
I tested my TS-419P II with firmware version 3.5.1 (1002T).