After a period of rapid development, modern NASes have stabilized and do not show as much variety as their predecessors. In terms of hardware, the x86 platform with Intel Atom processors has long become the industry standard for SMB-targeted products. New NASes of this class can only offer new CPUs and chipsets while the platform remains the same. The only recent additions worth mentioning are USB 3.0 support for external disks and DDR3 SDRAM as system memory.
The latest generation of SMB-targeted 4-disk NASes from QNAP includes four models. Two of them are rack-mounted whereas the other pair is more versatile and can be used as desktop devices. We are going to discuss the senior desktop model which is called TS-469 Pro. Its junior cousin TS-469L has no display, no disk bay locks and a different version of the SATA interface for the internal disks. If these features are not important for you, you can save some money by preferring the junior model.
Package and Accessories
Like the QNAP products we tested earlier, the TS-469 Pro is shipped in a plain cardboard box which lacks a plastic handle because the NAS is rather heavy. The design of the box hasn't changed much. You can see pictures of the NAS, its technical specs, accessories, usage scenarios and key features on the box. The packaging is robust enough to protect the product against any damage during transportation.
The accessories include a power cord, two Ethernet cables, HDD screws, two keys, some documentation, and a CD with software. You only need HDDs to get the NAS ready to work. There are two sets of screws included for 3.5- and 2.5-inch devices which are both supported by the TS-469 Pro. Considering the design of the HDD frames, you must take care not to lose the screws. It won’t be easy to find replacement ones.
The CD contains a full user manual in electronic format and a few utilities: Qfinder (it helps find the NAS on the local network), QGet (to manage download jobs), NetBack Replicator (for backup copying), and MyCloudNASConnect (for cloud synchronization). The first two utilities are available for Mac OS, too. Their latest versions can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website as prompted by the newsfeed in the NAS’s web-interface.