TechSpot: QNAP TS-412 Turbo NAS Review

In recent years, QNAP has emerged as one of the biggest names in the network-attached storage business and for good reason: it offers one of the largest and most impressive NAS product lines. The company's offerings start at $150 and can go for more than $1,000 catering to home, SMB and corporate needs.

As one of QNAP's most affordable 4-bay NAS, we were unsurprisingly drawn to the TS-412. The device is fetching only $40 more than the older TS-410, but considering its Marvell processor runs 50% faster (800MHz versus 1.2GHz), we feel the TS-412 is a better value, and so we've opted to review it instead.

We also believe the QNAP TS-412 could displace Synology's $360 DS411J. Although the Synology device features the same 1.2GHz Marvell processor, it comes equipped with 128MB of memory, the TS-412 doubles that to 256MB -- not to mention other shortcomings that we'll explain later in the review.

We're also curious about how it compares to NAS devices in the $500-$600 bracket. Assuming QNAP's latest product doesn't disappoint -- and they rarely do -- the TS-412 has a fair chance at becoming the "go-to" 4-bay NAS.

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I was considering buying one of the larger ones with the mobile drives and possibly moving to all mobile drives. For cost since I already own many 1T drives it would not be wise. I could move to a
3.5 drive model but then I look at the price compared to building a AMD Quad Core 8 to 16G RAM, and new enclosure running Fedora (already running SUSE now) I feel I would get more for my buck that way, less the extra features. Still looks tempting.

I've had a couple myself, and now have the 459Pro. I will probably never buy another NAS solution except for QNAP. They aren't cheap though, but you can load up 4x 3TB drives in RAID5 and that will last you a few years. For me: well worth the investment, as long as you take advantage of the features. If all you do is use it for a file server, there are cheaper alternatives.

I heard that the QNAP drives can mask your IP if your a heavy downloader, and you can remotely download files to it directly without having to cut/copy and paste it from your desktop HDD to the QNAP external drive.

emzino said,
I heard that the QNAP drives can mask your IP if your a heavy downloader, and you can remotely download files to it directly without having to cut/copy and paste it from your desktop HDD to the QNAP external drive.

Not sure about the IP masking, but true about the rest. It has a built-in torrent downloader. You can access it remotely and start downloading things. By the time you get home, all is done.