QNAP Announces the World's First 4-Bay Intel Atom-based NAS

"QNAP Systems, Inc. today announces the next gen Intel-based network attached storage TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS for business users."

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QNAP Announces the World's First 4-Bay Intel Atom-based NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announces the next gen Intel-based network attached storage TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS for business users. Featuring low power Intel 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB DDRII memory, and stylish industrial design, the TS-439 Pro supports dual Giga LAN, five USB 2.0 ports and two eSATA ports, RAID 0/1/5/6/5+spare configurations, Online RAID Capacity Expansion and Online RAID Level Migration, and offers advanced functions such as iSCSI target service with Thin Provisioning, AES 256-bit volume-based encryption, automatic policy-based IP blocking, instant SMS and email alert, and SSL secure certificate etc.

"The TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS presents a new definition of high scalability, high redundancy, large storage capacity and high stability NAS in the current market. The 4-bay NAS supports up to 6TB storage capacity which can be further expanded by connecting external hard drives to the five USB ports and two eSATA ports. Yet, the NAS is able to maintain low power consumption by the energy-saving Intel CPU which allows 24x7 operation in the business environment," says Troy Lin, Product Manager from QNAP. Moreover, the TS-439 Pro supports a wide range of business-class features such as iSCSI target service with Thin Provisioning and AES 256-bit volume-based encryption. Up to 8 iSCSI devices can be created for storage expansion or backup destination of the existing application servers on the network.

Versatile server functions are provided, e.g. file server, FTP server, DDNS support, Web server with built-in phpMyAdmin, Joomla, MySQL/ SQLite, editable php.ini, MySQL server and printer server (max 3 sets), etc. All these server functions can be accessed across Linux, UNIX, Mac, and Windows platforms. The TS-439 Pro also supports all-in-one XDove mail server by QPKG software expansion which enables the business users to establish their own mail server easily at the minimum cost. The Surveillance Station feature is available for the users to monitor and record the video from up to four IP-based cameras to enhance the office security.
More information about the TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS is available on http://www.qnap.com/pro_detail_feature.asp?p_id=110.

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31-01-2009, 10:45:47

sjek
Premable: This is a ~5 year old laptop, bought off ebay. I'm only posting it because size/price-wise its a great alternative to a netbook.

Introduction:
As a put-upon law student, I bought an eee 701 at launch for lecture notes. It worked well but I had three problems

1, Battery Life - only a couple of hours and I have 6 hours of lectures/seminars some days (woe is me)

2, Keyboard - There was a lot of critisism of the KB size in reviews and while I found it perfectly usable, it was far from perfect

3, Screen size and resolution - 7" at 640x480 - fine for word processing but it meant I couldnt use it, at all, for web browsing or anything else.

So I decided to get something bigger.

Toshiba Portege R100
Specs:
1ghz Centrino M
512mb RAM
60Gb 1.8" HDD 4200rpm
Intel 802.11b mini-pci
12.1" screen @ 1024*768max
Trident CyberBlade XP4-32

Initial impressions
Well, it looks impressive. Very thin, the height of an ethernet port and no more. Magnessium alloy on top, very slick. Feels solid but very light. Definitely a head-turner.

Screen:
Nice enough, 12.1", bright and a usable at 1024*768.

Keyboard:
Fullsize, lovely to type on. A good travel compared with most laptop keyboards. I'd say the only laptop keyboard that better would be on a thinkpad. Some of the keys (like the windows keys) are in odd places (top right) but there some nice additions as well. pg up/pg down are just above right of the arrows, which means I use them a lot more. Lots of hotkeys that look handy but mine came w/o the toshiba utilities to use them If I get the software, I'll update the review.

Battery life
Very important to me. The R100 has an internal battery that owing to the small size lasts about 1.5-2 hours, which is....well, ok. However, it comes with an extended battery which clips onto the bottom. This, in cunjunction with the primary battery, gives me 6.5-7 hours. While it adds a little weight and a little bulk, it's certianly worth it. It's a wedge so it even gives a better typing angle.
N/B - the R100, when new, shipped with both batteries. Not all of the ones on ebay will include both, but you can get the extended for ~£20.

Performance-
Well, given the specs, it isn't going to be that impressive but as a netbook alternative it performs just as well. Upgrading the RAM (one free slot) to 1.5Gb would certainly help but it runs XP perfectly well. It also uses a
Trident CyberBlade XP4-32 GPU which is unusual but seems to work fine. Supports DX8.1 so runs CS fine.

Ports-
2x usb2.0
VGA out
mic
headphones
wireless on/off switch
PCMCIA
SD card reader

Conclusion -
While it's old and not very powerful, I've found it to be better than any netbook. A little larger but the same weight (1kg, 1.3kg w/ extended battery). A better keyboard, a bigger screen and much better battery life.
I got it from ebay for £144 with shipping and the extended battery. At that price (if you're willing to forgoe a warrenty etc), I'd recommend anyone thinking of buying a netbook to take a look.


PS, pictures up tonight, hopefully.
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