QNAP TS-269 Pro Test: performance, HDMI and more

QNAP TS-269 Pro Alongside Synology, QNAP is unquestionably one of the great architects of the democratization of NAS with the public. Just like its competitor, he regularly introduced new products, constantly refreshes its ranges and often reworks its user interface. With the TS-269 Pro, QNAP offers a new model called upscale. This is a product capable of receiving “only” two hard drives, but features a powerful processor, a large amount of RAM for recorded performances.

Overview If there is one point on which QNAP is wise, it is the design of its NAS, especially so-called high-end products. Apart from the disappearance of the LCD reserved for models 4, 5 and 6 drives, the TS-269 Pro looks like it to mistake the other “TS” of the manufacturer. We feel that the specifications of such a product is focused on efficiency and that there is little room for frills. So we end up with a model “clean”, but nothing austere. In front, one can not miss the two drawers for collecting hard drives, but we regret immediately that QNAP has not adopted without respect for their mounting system. Professional target requires, QNAP reappointed twice by locking keys that some competitors have abandoned. Still regarding the facade, impossible not to regret that the single USB port is standard on the 2.0, and while we do not take advantage of a card reader as is increasingly the fashion.

QNAP TS-269 Pro

Main Features

Processor

Intel Atom D2700

Frequency

2.13GHz

RAM

1GB

Food

external

Ventilation

1x 70 mm

Dimensions

150x102x216 mm

Weight

2.9 kg

Guarantee

2 years

disk subsystem

Sold “naked”

Yes

berries

2x 3.5 ”

hotswap

Yes

RAID standards

0/1 / JBOD

RAID migration

No

Volumes “external”

USB ports

2 USB3 / USB2 3

eSATA ports

1

FAT32 management

Yes

NTFS management

Yes

network subsystem

Interface

2x Gigabit

Switch

No

Wireless

No

network protocols

AFP, SMB, FTP, NFS

encryption

HTTPS, FTP SSL / TLS

Miscellaneous services

Web server

Yes

Downloads

FTP, HTTP, Torrent

Print Server

Yes

media server

DLNA, iTunes, Photos, UPnP

dynamic IP

Yes

CameraManagement

Yes, IP 16

Management of quotas

User

Web access to files

Yes

Language

French

On the back of TS-269 Pro, things are already a little amazing / reassuring. We said, this NAS is a top model and confirms the QNAP integrating two Gigabit RJ45 network ports to allow aggregation. Very complete, this rear face is also an opportunity to see a total of four USB ports … not sure this is quite useful to have as many! We appreciate, however, that two of them are in the 3.0 standard. They are also complemented by the inevitable eSATA and a power outlet since QNAP – like other NAS drives two manufacturers – has opted for an external block. Also note the presence of a 70mm fan, a little size to below what the best offer, before we dwell on the surprising presence of an HDMI port. QNAP actually wanted to broaden the horizons of his device: we will return, but the integration of such a connector should allow to use the NAS as a true media-center directly connected to a TV.

In practice In the manner of Iomega or Synology, QNAP offers only one interface for all its products. The same paragraph is duplicated on different models of a few details.

If it is not beyond reproach, QNAP makes it a point to regularly challenge themselves and the latest version of its software interface is a good example. While some manufacturers remain faithful to the principle of menus / submenus, QNAP has therefore decided to completely review its design to mimic the dashboards of our tablets / smartphones. At first, the result is a bit confusing, but in reality it is little more than a few seconds to regain his habits and it is rather nice to see and the different services presented as so many directly usable applications. The control panel is of course the heart of the overall configuration and is valuable to see that this visual transformation has not been an opportunity to cut back on the number of tools available. QNAP does not forget to nothing and it competes directly completeness of Synology.

Thus, the hardware monitoring of the various components of NAS is one such model while managing groups / users suffers no strong criticism. The synchronization tool (Qsync) is still in beta, but it is exploitable and QNAP has several applications to our smartphones to administer or access files remotely. also note the existence of a “market” that retrieves third-party modules to unearth, if necessary, LA function you need. That said and out of its leading performance, the TS-269 Pro QNAP detaches from the competition by the presence, we said, an HDMI connector on the rear panel. This should help transform the NAS in real media-center. The ubiquity of Internet box in France makes this function less indispensable than elsewhere, but still note the proper functioning of this multimedia tool that can display Internet directly on their TV, but especially access to everything content. In fact, it works surprisingly well and we have not encountered such problems with the various test videos and we could even display subtitles. Beware, however, of the confession itself QNAP, media-center function may require increased onboard memory (up to 4GB) if seeking access to files in addition to video playback.

Performances: scores of QNAP TS-269 Pro What about the performance of the NAS in practice? Given he compete? You will find quantified and compared results in the following pages

RAID data transfer 1 / RAID 5

Noise and heat consumption

Our opinion Very present on the NAS market for several years, QNAP is trying to innovate with a powerful, reliable and fun to use, which offers the luxury of turning into real media-center. A function that will not suit everyone especially because of slight noise when the load is high noise content, but incompatible with some shows. Also, do not forget that our box Internet rather fulfill this function … and much cheaper than the TS-269 Pro. Do not forget indeed that alongside these multimedia features, this NAS is primarily a high-end storage product range and performance. Featuring all the latest features on the matter, it is obviously not within the reach of every budget.

QNAP TS-269 Pro + The most successful way tablet interface + Many features + high performance + HDMI socket, two RJ45 ports Cons – High price – some surprising gaps (USB3 front, screw cradles …) 4 performance Features Interface

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Edited on 12/10/2013 at 3:14 p.m.