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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
QNAP TS-119 Gigabit NAS Server
QNAP TS-119 Features
TS-119 Server-Side Features
QPKG Center Software Expansion
Hardware Specifications
QNAP Software Specifications
QNAP TS-119
NAS Testing Methodology
NAS Testing Results
NAS Server Final Thoughts
QNAP TS-119 Conclusion

QNAP TS-119 Conclusion

Benchmark Reviews believes that manufacturers should be educating consumers with their product packaging, so they can make the most informed decision possible before they make the purchase. This is why we rate the retail package presentation. in terms of the TS-119 Turbo NAS this rating is above average because QNAP has done an excellent job of informing buyers with basic on-the-box specifications and feature information. The concept of truth in advertising is getting further and further away every year, but for once I can see that not every company is out to cover their product with catch phrases and slogans and instead educate the consumer.

If you're familiar with external hard drive enclosures, then the QNAP TS-119 will look very familiar. Although QNAP has somehow figured out a way to cram a system board, processor, memory, and network interface inside this small chassis, it looks like a basic drive enclosure but houses a full-duty NAS. The anodized aluminum alloy chassis helps to transfer heat away from the unit, but a few vent holes would have also been helpful. The black finish is not very friendly towards fingerprints, but it wipes down easily to look new again.

QNAP has built one solid little NAS out of the TS-119. The alloy enclosure is thick enough to sustain direct impact without suffering damage, while at the same time it acts as a heatsink. While a SOHO network appliance may not see a lot of careless handling, home users can subject their equipment to harsh environments. Thankfully, the TS-119 is pet and child safe.

Ever since Gigabit Ethernet found its way into the mainstream, bandwidth throughput has gradually grown for all products involved. The Synology TS-119 enjoys these benefits, and performed above nearly all of the competition we compared it against for our benchmark tests. Single-drive (JBOD) read bandwidth was remarkably good compared to the competition, which topped-out at 55.6 MBps with Jumbo Frame enabled. Write-to performance was slightly less-impressive, but still ahead of most the competition, and measured 33.3 MBps. The list of functionality and features for every QNAP NAS is practically endless, and this is especially true for the TS-119. There's plenty of depth to the different modules, which might be considered too much for one device since it's close to overwhelming for a seasoned IT professional like myself. But as the saying goes: "It's better to have and not need then to need and not have". All that's missing is the ability to install software to emulate a Windows environment.

As of mid-June 2009, the QNAP TS-119 is available at NewEgg for $309.99 without drives. With some additional searching, our price comparison tool found better deals on the web which matched our price expectations a little better. Home or SOHO users can fill the TS-119 with a 2.0 TB drive, but users not needing major storage capacity could use a 1TB Seagate 7200.12 drive for only $100.

The QNAP TS-119 Gigabit NAS server is going to be an excellent alternative to a notebook or desktop computer as a basic file server, and is perfect for small business networks. Home users can take advantage of a multitude of enterprise-level tools, such as web hosting, but the functionality and storage capacities will probably excite them most. Whether you find yourself positioning the TS-119 Turbo NAS in a home, SOHO, or business environment, just remember: this little workhorse wears several hats, and does it fairly well wearing them all.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ 55.6/33.3 MB/s single-disk read/write performance
+ Gigabit Ethernet NIC with Jumbo Frame functionality
+ Rugged black alloy chassis provides durability with elegance
+ Three total High-Speed USB 2.0 ports available
+ Frequent firmware development and free software support
+ Pre-installed PHP+MySQL and Apache web server
+ Supports convenient USB Copy functionality
+ eSATA external storage 3.0 GBps connectivity
+ LED light panel displays basic status information

Cons:

- Lacks hardware-level data redundancy
- Large AC power adapter brick adds to overall footprint
- Package includes obsolete CAT-5e Ethernet patch cable

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.75
  • Appearance: 8.75
  • Construction: 9.75
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 7.50

Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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