|QNAP TS-209 Pro Gigabit SATA NAS|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Ronald Tibbetts - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 30 June 2008|
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QNAP TS-209 Pro: Closer Look
In this section Benchmark Reviews takes a first had look at the TS-209 PRO. QNAP's TS-209 Pro leaves behind many of the aesthetics of form in favor of functionality; certainly a nod to its intended demographic of business users. The chassis is constructed of painted gun-metal grey steel save for the high-gloss plastic removable front panel and unfinished steel drive cage.
The front of the NAS provides two buttons as well as informational LED lit indicators. Starting from the left: One touch USB copy button, USB 2.0 port, USB activity light, Information light, HDD Disk 1 indicator, HDD Disk 2 indicator, Network activity light, Power indicator, and Power button.
Taking a look at the bottom of the TS-209 Pro shows the four non-skid rubber stands, and ten pre-threaded mounting holes. The mounting holes are presumable for use in a rack system.
The back if the TS-09 Pro features two additional USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit LAN port, reset switch, power port, and Kensington (K-Lock) hole. Most of the rear panel is dominated by the 70mm Bi-Sonic DC7020 exhaust fan. From this image it's clear how QNAP has designed their cooling scheme for the TS-209 PRO - cool air is brought in from the air vents at either side of the chassis front over the HDD to be exhausted from the rear. As a note on the cooling: The fan QNAP uses is thermally controlled, and remains at a low RPM and low dB noise during normal usage. QNAP assures operational temperatures of under 50c.